CEVA Logistics is transitioning all its contract logistics and freight warehouses to low-carbon electricity by 2025. The commitment will rely on purchasing low-carbon electricity (renewable and nuclear) from local utility providers and increasing its electricity production using rooftop solar panels, which the company will triple by the end of 2025.
CEVA Logistics finished 2022 with LED lighting in approximately 80% of its contract logistics warehouses. The company expects to reach 100% by the end of 2023 as part of its multi-million-dollar energy efficiency investments. In addition to the lighting initiative, the company is implementing various heating and cooling projects to reduce energy consumption.
CEVA is also increasing the size to 40% by the end of 2023 of its lithium-ion material handling equipment (MHE) fleet by adding the eco-MHE (lithium-ion and gel battery units). Beyond the emissions savings in moving away from diesel- or LPG-powered combustion MHE, the company also sees an average 16% emissions reduction during the charging process when switching from a lead-acid battery MHE to more eco-friendly lithium-ion batteries.
Through a joint investment with real estate partners of approximately $180m, CEVA plans to triple the surface area of solar panels covering the roofs of its contract logistics warehouses worldwide. By the end of 2025, the company expects to have approximately 1.8m sq m of solar panels installed at its facilities—an area 2.25 times the size of France’s famed Palace of Versailles. With this coverage area, the company estimates it will generate approximately 135,000 MWH annually.
CEVA leverages the strength of its global network by applying lessons learned between operations in different countries and continents. In the UK, CEVA is already operating on 100% low-carbon electricity, and operations in Benelux produce more electricity than they consume. As newer markets expand, renewable and low-carbon electricity will play a critical role in supporting those operations. Furthermore, CEVA opened a new zero-emission warehouse in Bogota, Colombia, in 2022.
As part of the CMA CGM Group, CEVA is strongly committed to protecting the environment. The Group is investing in research and development to help the emergence of low-carbon energy sources and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics on the planet. The CMA CGM Group aims to be net zero by 2050.
“The global logistics industry must find better ways to operate and ultimately reduce its impact on the planet from carbon emissions and energy consumption. These investments are the right thing to do, and they also make good business sense. We will continue acting to build a more sustainable model through initiatives like these in our contract logistics operations and across our product lines in air, ocean, ground and finished vehicles”, says Mathieu Friedberg, CEO of CEVA Logistics.
Source: CEVA Logistics