Maersk has today [4th January] announced that it plans to build a smart net zero logistics centre in Shanghai, China. It will be the company’s first facility of its its kind to be built in the country.
The Danish conglomerate signed a Land Grant Contract with the administrative committee of Lin-gang, a special area in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Caroline Wu, Managing Director of Maersk Greater China, said: “With Lin-gang’s proximity to Yangshan port and its favourable free trade policies, our flagship logistics centre will provide agile and sustainable solutions, connecting and simplifying our customers’ supply chains.”
The logistics centre is designed to have over 1.6million ft² of warehousing storage across five warehouses. Four of the buildings will be three storeys high with the fifth being 24m high and containing an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS).
The company intends to apply for the highest platinum level certification of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It claims that it will achieve this by ensuring that sustainable materials are used in the building’s construction, as well as equipping it with a rainwater management system and solar panels.
Furthermore, it will feature LED lighting, infrastructure to support charging of electric vehicles, and heating systems that will use renewable energy.
Maersk is to invest US$174 million to construct the facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of September 2024.