Taras Verkhoglyad
Sales Development Representative, Arloid Automation

Warehouses: The road to net zero

Warehouses and Net-Zero Warehouses are an integral part of the consumer world that lives off shopping on the Internet. Warehouses are the very link that helps build the logistics of delivery from the purchase of goods to their quick delivery to the buyer. Every year, the interest in buying goods online is growing, with online sales increasing by 20% during the pandemic. This was of course reflected in the fact that humanity needed more warehouses and, in principle, human strength to process each order.

An analysis by real estate experts Knight Frank shows that every billion pounds of online spending must be backed by 126,000 square meters of warehouse space. Knight Frank predicted that online grocery sales in the UK alone could require over 650,000 square meters of warehouse space by 2024. Such a sharp and significant increase in the area of warehouses is quite difficult to implement for humanity. Firstly, it is physically quite difficult to find space in countries where it would be convenient to make logistics hubs, and the second equally important problem is the impact of warehouses on environmental pollution such as increased carbon dioxide emissions, noise and light pollution or even traffic safety.

However, there is an upside to this issue, big companies are beginning to understand their responsibility in the fight against climate change, with each company having its own goal to reduce carbon emissions. Every year, those involved in the construction of warehouses are paying more attention to the fact that their warehouse should be incorporating renewable energy and energy efficiency measures into their facilities. Of course, everyone strives to achieve a complete net-zero in their warehouses both to save and help the environment, and to save a large amount of money due to the global cost of energy.

Different companies set different goals based on their budget and different timeframes to achieve Net-Zero. For example, DHL, with its DHL Supply Chain program, wants to achieve 100% clean, zero-carbon warehousing by 2025. Achieving this goal will help the company reduce its carbon footprint and help make the supply chain itself more sustainable.

Since 2008, DHL GoGreen has been supporting destinations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve their overall environmental performance. Here’s what Alex Hyslop, VP of Consumer & Retail Sales, DHL Supply Chain, says: “GoGreen solutions are increasingly becoming critical when it comes to both customer needs and thought leadership. Companies come to DHL because they know that we are now building the highest environmental standards, including solutions for carbon-zero energy sources such as solar PV.”

Arloid believes our AI can help warehouses around the world achieve zero carbon faster, allowing them to reduce and optimize their HVAC usage, which will also save money on warehouse maintenance. Our Arloid Automation office in the UK, UAE and Singapore will be happy to answer any questions and tell you more about how your company can work towards net-zero goals! Let’s take another step towards a greener future!

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