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DHL Express unveiled its first green facility in Sub-Saharan Africa in September.
The facility, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg, has a 10 000-litre rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar energy generation plant, which significantly lower the building’s carbon footprint and reduces energy consumption by 55%.
The reduced energy consumption is partly due to a 34kW solar photovoltaic system that reduces the demand for grid power by at least 25%. The facility also uses highly efficient LED light bulbs in place of conventional ones. This lighting technology, coupled with sensors designed to automatically turn off lights installed in highly-used office areas, contributes to energy savings of up to 35%. The majority of the lighting used in the warehouse is switched off by a timer when dusk sets in.
The facility’s energy consumption and solar energy production is monitored and reported in real time.
Anthony Beckley of DHL Express says, “The ‘greening’ of the building is in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL)’s goal to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050. The measures we put in place in the facility have reduced the building’s overall energy consumption by 55%.”
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