Rhenus opens the first sustainable warehouse at its business site in Wesel

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Rhenus Warehousing Solutions celebrated the opening of its first new multi- user warehouse in Wesel recently.

The logistics building, which covers an area measuring 86,000 square metres, fulfils all the conditions for gaining BREEAM Excellent certification. The business site is setting new standards in terms of energy and environmental protection as part of Rhenus’ ‘Green Gate to Europe’ policy.

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions celebrated the opening of the new business site at the Rhine/Lippe port of Wesel at the mouth of the river Lippe with a special ceremony. The modern flagship project is impressive both from logistical and sustainable points of view: one of the largest combined solar panel systems in Europe with peak output of 9 megawatts generates electricity for the facility.

Among other things, it powers the geothermal system, which provides the air conditioning for the building. “The business site measuring 86,000 square metres operates independently of outside electricity sources at night too thanks to its extensive battery storage systems. This means that the new logistics centre obtains its energy entirely from natural resources for its daily operations,” says Dr Stephan Peters, a Member of the Rhenus Group’s Management Board. Green plants cover parts of the façade in order to absorb carbon dioxide.

Alongside electric charging points for cars and e-bikes, a separate bus stop directly in front of the building ensures that the employees can come to work in as eco-friendly a manner as possible in future. Insect hotels and birdhouses complete the sustainable facilities at the business site. This means that the logistics building fulfils all the criteria for certification according to the BREEAM Excellent system. “Together, we’ve adopted a course that is based on sustainability and takes another step in the right direction because its energy supplies don’t include any fossil fuels,” says Klemens Rethmann, one of the Rhenus Group’s shareholders.

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions provides tailor-made logistics services for a wide variety of sectors at ten units. Four sections of the building are also designed for WGK3 usage (for products that are extremely hazardous to water supplies) so that it is possible to store dangerous substances there without any problems. “Rhenus is actively playing a role in strengthening the region by creating new jobs both in the industrial and commercial sectors.

We also place great importance on developing our employees and therefore opening up opportunities for them and for the company,” says Henning Brands, the Branch Manager at the business site in Wesel. In addition to speeches to mark the opening of the facility, there were detailed guided tours of the warehouse, information stands inside the building and an exciting supporting programme for people of all ages.

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