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August 31, 2022

Moller Maersk to open ‘first of its kind’ green warehouse in Denmark

Global logistics company AP Moller Maersk has announced the construction of what it claims is the first of its kind green warehouse in Denmark.

By Michelle Russell

The construction of Moller Maersk’s first low GHG emissions contract logistics warehouse is a partnership with Taulov Dry Port – a Danish joint-venture between ADP A/S and PFA Pension – and owner of the commercial land and the logistics premises.

The warehouse also forms part of Moller Maersk’s strategy to accelerate the delivery of fulfilment capability in Denmark.

“Many of our customers are looking for long-term partners that have such capabilities to reduce their entire climate footprint,” says Birna Odefors, area managing director, Nordics, AP Moller 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.”

The green contract logistics warehouse is aiming to be built to BREEAM Excellent standards with zero direct emissions from operations in full accordance with Moller Maersk’s overall goal to decarbonise its entire operations by 2040. The 40,000 sqm facility has an option for an additional 40,000 sqm and is scheduled to become operational in 2024. It will be located in Taulov in South Denmark underpinning Maersk’s strong logistics footprint in Northern Europe and responding to rising market demands.

Odefors adds: “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. As a 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.”

Maersk’s emissions targets entail that at least 90% of its global cold chain and contract logistics operations will be certified as green by 2030 (scope 1 and 2).

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.

The warehouse has a zero-emissions approach to both direct and indirect aspects of the operations, why charging not only will be provided to electric commercial trucks and cars, but also private cars, bicycles, and electric scooters.

This week, AP Moller Maersk closed its acquisition of LF Logistics Holdings Limited – the logistics service provider of sourcing giant Li & Fung. The deal was struck in December last year for US$3.6bn.

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