Thursday, February 25, 2010

Warehouses To Get Green Make Over

UKWA working with the Carbon Trust on 'emissions toolkit' for the warehousing industry
Shipping News Feature

UK - The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is working in partnership with the Carbon Trust to develop an ‘emissions toolkit’ that will help warehouse operators cut their carbon footprint and save on costs.

It is estimated the British warehousing industry produces approximately three per cent of the UK’s CO2 emissions and the Carbon Trust has identified a number of areas where its support could have the greatest impact.

Keith Horgan, Carbon Trust Partnership Development Manager, said: “We believe there are substantial opportunities within the warehousing industry to save energy, costs and reduce carbon in warehousing by the simple implementation of existing, low energy technology.

“We are not talking about high-tech solutions but pragmatic and cost-effective actions. For example, lighting and heating are the core areas for our energy and carbon saving focus. We believe the UK warehousing industry could save in excess of £150 million in energy costs and 1.5 million tonnes of carbon by making simple changes.

“A partnership with UKWA is the most effective way to engage with warehousing owners and operators and to encourage the industry to make cost savings through carbon management.”

The Carbon Trust is currently undertaking a series of site surveys and workshops with UKWA members to evaluate opportunities for savings. The surveys will also assess the potential barriers for introducing energy saving systems and consider the payback period on the warehouse operator’s investment in such schemes.

The results of the surveys are expected by April 2010 and will be used to produce a bespoke ‘emissions toolkit’ for the benefit of all UKWA members.

Michael Davidson, UKWA’s Membership Services Manager, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Carbon Trust to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions in the warehousing industry.

“UKWA’s 650 member companies operate nearly 10 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK, which, according to the Carbon Trust, makes up a significant proportion of the warehousing industry’s carbon footprint of approximately 10.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

“UKWA is keen to be seen as a champion of green issues within the 3PL sector, but the ‘emissions toolkit’ will enable our members to accurately evaluate the positive impact new energy saving systems could have on the profitability of their businesses.”