The DC operates completely from wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass power

The DC operates completely from wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass power

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has moved another step closer to reaching its zero carbon and zero waste target with the opening of a new distribution centre in Belgium powered entirely by renewable energy.

The Ham-based facility is also the latest investment by Nike aimed at creating a fast and flexible supply chain, the group's COO Eric Sprunk says. "This state-of-the-art facility will increase our responsiveness as we accelerate our digital growth and better serve millions of consumers across Europe, Africa and the Middle East."

The Court Distribution Center – or 'Court' – expands Nike's logistics capabilities to meet growing consumer demand while advancing sustainability at scale. It is 1.5m square feet and operates completely from wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass power.

Compared to a traditional warehouse, the Court's rack-supported structure required less steel and concrete, minimising waste and reducing material used in the construction process.

The distribution centre expands Nike's European Logistics Campus, which opened in 1994 and now comprises six distribution facilities across Ham, Laakdal, Meerhout and Herentals.

New capabilities such as single-order consolidation and faster digital shipments make it possible for the facility to ship a single order as efficiently as an order of 10,000.

In addition to railways and highways, surrounding infrastructure of the European Logistics Campus includes a network of canals, enabling 99% of inbound containers to reach the local container park by water. This eliminates some 14,000 truck journeys each year, reducing associated carbon emissions. Further, more than 95% of waste generated on-site is recycled.