DHL Supply Chain develops climate-neutral warehouses

The real estate experts at DHL Supply Chain, the global contract logistics provider, have developed a carbon neutral real estate portfolio of 400,000 square meters to support customers’ growth requirements in six European Tier 1 markets. All locations are located in central logistics areas and benefit from excellent multimodal transport links designed to serve customers from different sectors.

All buildings will feature modern technical specifications, reflect a campus concept and become mission-critical hubs for DHL Supply Chain and its domestic and international customers. The 14 units, built at 10 development sites, are located in key logistics markets in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy and Poland. All buildings will meet key sustainability criteria such as BREEAM Excellent and EPC A, comply with the EU taxonomy and undergo a Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) assessment.

“The development of 400,000 square meters of carbon neutral warehouses is an important strategic step as we aim to meet our customers’ growing demand for more sustainable storage space in strategic markets,” says Hendrik Venter, CEO DHL Supply Chain EMEA. “Every asset we develop is backed by excellent fundamentals; be it sustainability, digitization, location, demographics or ownership. Connectivity or proximity to key markets helps us improve delivery times for our customers, while a close look at the surrounding social factors and communities in which we operate helps us create attractive jobs and give us access to loyal ones and secure a skilled workforce. These factors help us and our customers to be even more successful and point the way to a more sustainable future.”

DHL Supply Chain finds strategic partner

DHL Supply Chain has already found an investor and strategic partner for a first tranche of this 400,000 square meter warehouse portfolio. Allianz Real Estate, acting for several Allianz Group companies, and DHL have signed a purchase agreement for the sale of the first half of the portfolio. The warehouses, which are scheduled for completion between Q1 2023 and Q1 2024, will represent one of Allianz Real Estate’s largest single acquisitions to date in the logistics sector in terms of gross leasable area: In total, the five facilities will cover over 200,000 square meters.

Upon completion, DHL Supply Chain will lease at least 85% of the facilities developed for Allianz Real Estate on a long-term basis.

“We take great pride in providing our clients with effective growth opportunities, with warehouses that are not only located in core markets and meet our clients’ needs, but also meet the highest ESG and sustainability criteria,” said Joe Mikes, Global Head of Real Estate Solutions at DHL supply chain. “This enables us and our clients to create business opportunities that are compatible with our sustainability roadmap, which aims to make every aspect of the supply chain more sustainable, which of course includes our properties. We look forward to many more projects of this type in the future.”

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