Nike has expanded its European Logistics Campus in Belgium and implemented several new environmental sustainability aspects as part the company’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain.
Campus sustainability features include:
- 100 percent renewable energy, sourced from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass.
- The facility is fed by an infrastructure of canals, railways and highways. Ninety-nine percent of inbound containers reach the local container park, by water, not road, saving 14,000 truck journeys a year.
- Transportation routes to and from the campus have been optimized to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent.
- The warehouse is a rack-supported building, as opposed to a traditional structure that requires more steel and concrete. This reduced waste and material used.
- More than 95 percent of waste generated on-site is recycled. Pathways used by employees around the facility are made from recycled footwear material.
- Natural light provided by many windows, a daylight capture system and smart, automated LED lighting help to reduce electricity costs, reduce environmental impact and provide a more productive workplace.
- The expansion supported biodiversity. For example, grazing sheep will help maintain the landscaping, and on-site beehives will pollinate flowers around the facility and in the local area.
Nike’s chief operating officer Eric Sprunk says the expansion furthers Nike’s vision for a low-carbon, closed-loop future and enables the company to more quickly serve its consumers.
“Our growth ambitions and meeting the rising expectations of our consumers are only possible with a smarter, faster and more sustainable supply chain,” Sprunk said in Nike blog post about the expansion.
This also includes Nike’s China Logistics Center — the country’s first LEED Platinum warehouse — that is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by 4,200 tons annually, as well as its water-free facilities.
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