FedEx opens solar-powered hub at Cologne

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FedEx Express has opened a new hub at Cologne Bonn airport – the second solar powered hub in the parcel group’s network.

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The hub, which serves central and eastern Europe has a fully-automated sorting system that can process up to 18,000 packages and documents an hour. The roof features the largest FedEx Express solar power installation worldwide and represents one of the largest rooftop solar installations in North Rhine-Westphalia, with an area of 16,000 square metres, producing about 800,000 kilowatt hours per year.

FedEx has moved the hub  from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne Bonn  and together with the airport authority has invested 140 million euros in the facility.

The new hub enables FedEx to expand its operational capacity in Germany and across Europe, as well as increasing the company’s footprint in Eastern Europe.

FedEx has three other solar powered facilities and the group reckons that altogether the five of them will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by a some 3,900 tonnes which it says is the equivalent of more than 440,000 gallons of petrol never burned.

Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability, said: “This solar-powered facility is the latest example of our commitment to responsibly connect the world for our customers through innovative solutions.”

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