On 20 November 2017, Rhenus Contract Logistics officially inaugurated the Netherlands' largest single rooftop solar power plant during a festive ceremony. Rhenus installed 15,318 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Rhenus Contract Logistics distribution centre in Eindhoven, generating just under 4,000,000 kWh a year, making the system the largest single rooftop solar power plant in the Netherlands in terms of production capacity.
In early 2017, Rhenus opened its second distribution centre (54,000 sq.m.) in Eindhoven. It also started building a new 60,000-sq.m. distribution centre along the A58 in Tilburg. Alphons van Erven, Senior Vice President of Rhenus Contract Logistics: "Rhenus strives to develop the most sustainable distribution centres possible - or BREEAM Outstanding facilities - to meet our objectives in the context of sustainable development. Factors considered include energy generation, choosing the right type of materials and ecological conditions. Besides relying on daylight, all our facilities are fitted with LED lighting. Rhenus also uses an information and communication platform to respond proactively to energy and maintenance needs."
KiesZon executed the solar power plant based on its own four pillars model: Development by own engineers, coordination of the financing, execution by own project managers and contractors and exploitation by Rhenus after completion. Stichting MOED, which coordinated an energy approach with Rhenus, took the initiative for this giant solar power plant, and arranged the SDE+ (in Dutch: Stimulering Duurzame Energieproductie, Encouraging Sustainable Energy Production) grant for this.
The Rhenus Contract Logistics distribution centres have obtained ISO 14001 certification among others, an internationally accepted standard which defines criteria for an environmental management system and which organisations can use to develop a suitable environmental policy, guaranteeing its execution.
The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at over 580 locations worldwide and employs more than 28,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics, Port Logistics and Public Transport – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.
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