DP World launches the first ever energy-neutral cold store facilities in UAE
DP World has launched the UAE’s first green warehouses in Dubai, with a selection of cold store facilities run entirely on solar energy.
The new green cold stores were launched on World Environment Day to emphasise DP World’s ongoing efforts to help the logistics and manufacturing sectors reduce their carbon footprint.
“Our experience and studies have shown that a mind-set to conserve and the development of sustainable business practices enables efficient operation,” said DP World group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “This streamlines effort and saves resources, which enhances employee productivity and reduces cost. It a win-win for all.”
While some cool storage facilities are now running entirely on solar energy, an increasing number of other Jafza warehouses will become more energy efficient as DP World’s Solar Programme is rolled out over the coming years.
The project involves the construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East, with the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on DP World’s Dubai facilities.
It is estimated that the panels will produce the equivalent clean power of that needed for 3,000 homes a year.
DP World’s Solar Programme also contributes to energy diversification in the region as part of Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.
In 2010, the company was the first international port operator to join the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs the global system that enables companies, cities, nations and regions to measure and manage their environmental impact.
DP World has been reporting results across its portfolio in 40 countries, monitoring energy use, making terminal operations more efficient, embracing renewable energy projects and investing in low-carbon technologies.
For the third consecutive year in 2017, DP World’s CDP report received the ‘leadership’ score of A-, highlighting the company’s role in implementing best practice in greenhouse gas emissions and improving environmental performance within its industry.