Transport minister opens sustainable DC for Coca-Cola

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Transport minister Mike Penning has opened Coca-Cola Enterprises’ warehouse at Voltaic in Dagenham, which will serve the Olympic Park during 2012, and is operated by Howard Tenens.

Penning was given a guided tour of the 233,000 sq ft warehouse, which has a number of sustainable features including a ground source heat pump to provide heating and cooling systems, solar photovoltaic cells generating electricity, skylights providing natural light reducing electricity usage, eco-friendly motion-sensored lighting and rain water harvesting.

Wendy Manning, customer logistics director at CCE said: “We have a clear vision of the kind of sustainable business we want to be in the future and we have set challenging goals to achieve this.

“Howard Tenens is at the forefront of low carbon transport and they have trialled dual fuel (gas/diesel) vehicles for us as well as sourcing and managing the Voltaic sustainable warehouse and we are pleased to be working with a company whose sustainable ethos is a good match for CCE.”

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