Friday, June 11, 2010

Ceva Logistics Continue Their Green Supply Chain Policies

Expansion of Eco Friendly European Hub
Shipping News Feature

ITALY – When expanding their trucking and distribution hub at Novara, west of Milan, Ceva Logistics have followed a continuing policy of eco favourable development. The third and latest building at the ‘eco-sustainable’ warehouse at San Pietro Mosezzo has been fitted in total with over 9,600 photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 16,000 sq m. The plant can produce 2,500 MWh of energy per year, which is the equivalent of 700 households - saving on average 1,300 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The logistics hub is also equipped with 98 loading bays handling approximately 25 incoming and 40 outgoing trucks each day.

CEVA’s new warehouse has been equipped with the latest IT systems and cutting-edge technical services for customers, handling approximately 35,000 products daily. The warehouse has been built in collaboration with FAP Investments S.r.l., a company specializing in real estate logistics, and with FAP Energy S.r.l., whose mission is to develop high-efficiency photovoltaic systems at the forefront of renewable energy. Fap Investments has also built the second warehouse at San Pietro Mosezzo for CEVA; a structure covering 25,000 sq m equipped with photovoltaic plant of 1 MW, producing about 1,100 MWh of energy and saving on average 600 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The new development follows similar projects at at Martinengo, 45,000 sq m, producing about 1,600 MWh annually, and Pognano, 31,000 sq m and producing on average 1,000 MWh. By the end of 2010, CEVA will complete seven logistics hubs in Italy with eco-sustainable structures and will refurbish two of the existing sites to the same specification. With a total area of 340,000 sq m and combined production of over 17,800 MWh in solar energy, CEVA will contribute to the protection of the environment by noticeably reducing CO2 emissions by 9,500 tons each year. The total amount of electricity produced independently by CEVA will be enough to provide power for more than 5,000 households.

It is increasingly important these days for all shipping and freight associated companies to be seen to move as far as possible toward energy self sufficiency and CEVA seem to have adopted an aggressive policy to attain this.