Toll commended for warehouse energy efficiency

Toll Group’s custom-built Nike warehouse in Altona North, Melbourne, has been named Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017.
The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise excellence in energy efficiency across Australia.
Toll won Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project for its recent upgrade to the Toll-Nike facility, which provides specialised warehousing, picking and dispatch solutions capable of handling more than 27,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) and two million units of stock.
The upgrade, completed in May 2017, included the rewiring and reprogramming of the facility’s 2.5km conveyor system and 145 electric motors and upgrading 1,300 light fittings to high-efficiency LEDs. The re-engineered and streamlined supply-chain processes reportedly removed waste and reduced energy use by 54 per cent.
“We see environmental sustainability as our corporate responsibility and we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mark Jones, Sustainability and Energy Manager, Toll Group. “Through Toll’s Smarter Green program we are introducing smarter, more sustainable solutions across all of our operations.
“Technology has advanced significantly since Toll and Nike embarked on our supply-chain partnership almost 20 years ago. We’ve been working closely with Nike to introduce ‘smarter green’ innovations and this award is a welcome tribute to our lean journey,” said Jones.
The 18,000m2 warehouse and fit-out include energy-efficient lighting systems that improve visibility and safety, translucent roof sheeting, roof insulation, and an optimised conveyor system.
Ian Black, Outbound Manager, Nike Pacific, said, “The change to LED lighting in our warehouse has been a great initiative and a real win-win situation. We have reduced our carbon footprint and our electricity costs while improving the quality of our lighting. We commend Toll for sourcing an effective, efficient solution and driving the result.”
Toll’s Jones added that plans to have the facility certified carbon neutral are now under way.
“As part of the certification process, Toll will look to have the facility certified under the National Carbon Offsets Scheme and rated by the Green Building Councils Green Star rating system,” said Jones. “We’re also keen to replicate the success of this project at other Toll-Nike locations in future.”

CarboNZero logistics company

Agility wins carboNZero certification

Global logistics company Agility has become the first freight and logistics provider to achieve carboNZero certification in New Zealand.
 
Certified by Landcare Research, the carboNZero program is an initiative to encourage organisations to measure and offset their carbon emissions.
 
Agilitiy’s New Zealand CEO Anthony Browne said: “The movement of freight around the globe is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. As an industry we need to recognise this, and take steps to ensure we are actively looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint.
 
“CarboNZero certification is our public commitment to this, and provides our business with a way to make a real difference.”
 
The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has congratulated the company on moving forwards to be environmentally sustainable.
 
“Overseas consumers are increasingly conscious of the role and impact of freight and transport in getting the product to international markets. We want New Zealand products to keep their marketing edge,” she said.
 
Agility has worked with Landcare to measure the carbon emissions created when their customers mobilise freight internationally by air or sea. This enabled the company to offer their customers the option of a carboNZero certified service for the movement of cargo to or from any port in the world.
 
“With publicity over recent years on the concept of food miles and the potential negative impact that this could have on New Zealand exports we feel that this service offering is of significant value for our customers”, Mr Browne said.
 
According to the Green Transportation and Logistics Report, published by eyefortransport, up to 75% of a company’s carbon footprint is estimated to come from its transportation and logistics activities.
 

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