We are committed to reduce carbon emissions of our developments, working together with our suppliers to enhance innovation. We seek to continuously optimize our warehouses in accordance with the demands of the market and the latest technological innovations. We know that it is possible to build logistics properties in a sustainable and technologically advanced way, beneficial to both the environment and the wellbeing of the people who work at our locations.
"Sustainability is no longer optional, it's an imperative"
VGP targets an environmental certification for all of its new construction projects. We have our warehouses certified with BREEAM, or Build Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. This process considers multiple categories such as management, energy, health, transportation, water management, waste management, materials, pollutions, land use and environment.
Next to BREEAM, we make use of DGNB, Deutsche Geselschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen, to assess our warehouses in Germany, Austria and Denmark.
Our aim is to have all our new developments certified with BREEAM Excellent or DGNB Gold.
It is a priority to us to establish measures which align our portfolio with European climate objectives. That is why we are further working to verify our warehouses with the EU Taxonomy, a classification system defining an environmentally sustainable economic activity to reach the objectives of the European Green Deal. Furthermore, it helps investors and companies to make informed investment decisions for sustainable activities.
We already successfully received the first EU Taxonomy verifications among our warehouses in Germany for new construction and 'in use' projects. With this experience we are aiming for further verifications across Europe.
Read our approach to the EU Taxonomy and its implications here.
Sustainable Construction Materials
As part of our commitment to reduce our construction carbon footprint, we focus on the choice and use of the materials for our development projects. Building sustainably also means adding sustainable materials to our construction design and lowering the carbon footprint of our buildings. To drive our sustainability efforts, the use of sustainable methods for our constructions will be increasingly important.
Specifically, this involves:
- Adopting a lean material construction approach right from the design phase
- Using new solutions and optimized low-carbon materials, such as low-carbon cement and concrete, bio-sourced materials or recycled materials
- Asking contractors to put forward alternative solutions with low-carbon content
- Adopting a purchasing policy that includes criteria for the carbon content of products and construction materials
One of the examples is the use of FSC certified timber as a sustainable resource for our building design. We have already integrated timber load-bearing structures for projects. Discover more here.
We collaborate strongly with our suppliers to know about their products’ carbon performance and their alternative solutions and to make sure we have the most advanced ways of constructing sustainably. This strong collaboration has been recognized by CDP, by adding us to their 2022 Supplier Engagement Leaderboard of companies best engaging with their suppliers on climate change.
An increasing number of our construction projects are brownfield redevelopments to repurpose industrial wasteland. Brownfields are industrial wastelands, often old factories, formerly used for heavy industries or production processes. These brownfields often need decontamination works, which gives also environmental advantages for the area near the brownfield.
Next to decontamination works, brownfields often need demolition works to make it suitable for new constructions. Materials from these demolition works are often reused for new purposes. With brownfield developments, we therefore contribute to the positive development of local areas, as well as respond to the shortage and environmental considerations of greenfields. Additionally, these brownfields are often located on prime locations, near mayor cities, which makes them suitable for last mile delivery.