A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced the construction of the company’s first low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contract logistics warehouse in Denmark.
The warehouse will be realised in partnership with Taulov Dry Port – a Danish joint venture between ADP A/S and PFA Pension – in a bid to accelerate delivery of fulfilment capability in the country.
Located in Taulov, in the south of Denmark, the 40,000 square-metre warehouse will have an option for an additional 40,000 square metres and is scheduled to become operational in 2024.
“We are pleased to announce our first green contract logistics warehouse in Denmark. Many of our customers are looking for long-term partners that have such capabilities to reduce their entire climate footprint,” said Birna Odefors, Area Managing Director, Nordics, Maersk.
“The Taulov facility also has a strategic position in Europe and will be a key asset to serve our customers as a deconsolidation point and add value by optimising transport modes with its port, rail and road links creating flexibility in flows by accelerating or slowing down supply chains.”
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The Danish giant aims to build the green contract logistics warehouse to BREEAM Excellent standards – a suite of schemes to determine and drive sustainable improvements in the operational performance across the entire built environment lifecycle.
In accordance with Maersk’s goal to decarbonise its entire operations by 2040, the facility will be built with zero direct emissions from operations.
“The typical customer needs in the fields of contract logistics are to support their inventory control, cost optimisation, extended visibility, speed to market and a consistent, sustainable flow of goods to reinforce their supply chain resilience,” added Odefors.
“As consequence, many of our customers are looking to build upon their offerings to their markets and require logistics partners with asset control to support their growth strategies, by establishing long-term sustainable contract logistics solutions and not just to cover the short-term demand arising due to COVID-19.”
Under the partnership, Taulov Dry Port will own the commercial land and the logistic premises. The parties have reached an agreement for a 12-year lease from Maersk with the option to extend and expand.
The warehouse will be built by Taulov Dry Port based on Maersk’s specifications and design.
“We are proud to be part of Maersk´s sustainable value chain supporting their customers with visionary sustainable logistics solutions,” said Rune D. Rasmussen, CEO in ADP A/S.
“Taulov Dry Port is a European multimodal logistic hub and key player in the green transition of the logistic sector due to the sustainable infrastructure with the Port of Fredericia, the motorway and railway network.
“Soon the area will also be ready for the transition towards new green fuels such as hydrogen, which will be an important asset for Maersk as well as our other customers.”
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According to Maersk, all indoor and outdoor equipment in the warehouse will be electrified, solar panels will be installed on the entire roof of the warehouse and excess renewable energy produced will be fed to the grid.
Battery driven trucks will be used for all of the shunting operations and hydrogen stations are planned within 150 metres from site.
Most recently, Maersk announced it will sell its minority stake in Russian container terminal operator Global Ports Investments PLC.
The company’s terminals business APM Terminals has entered into a binding agreement to sell its 30.75 per cent shareholding to its partner Delo Group in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.