We know that our buildings have an impact on the communities in which they are located. That is why our logistics parks are designed to minimize environmental impacts and maximize energy efficiency. We invest in infill locations that are in vicinity to large populations – to guarantee short distances for transportation. Part of our strategy is to redevelop old infill industrial warehouses.
In partnership with the International WELL Building Institute, Prologis Benelux launched, as one of the first logistics real estate developers in the world, a pilot to develop a standard for the health and well-being of warehouse employees. The pilot fits within the ambition of Prologis Benelux to continuously raise the standard for buildings for its customers.
Prologis’ enduring commitment to sustainability encompasses environmental stewardship, social responsibility, ethics and governance. We endeavor to act sustainably across the full lifecycle of our buildings—from the extraction of raw materials through construction and dismantling. When the European floor manufacturer objectflor was looking for a new distribution center, we took the opportunity to develop a facility with industry-leading sustainability features.
Because we focus on sustainability, brownfield developments play a major role in the Prologis portfolio. These developments create new space with minimal impact on the environment. No new areas of soil are sealed; prior contaminants are removed; and the land is repurposed. Prologis Park Moissy 2 in France is one such development. The property was previously owned by PSA group. The car manufacturer used the facility as a storage center for spare parts, and Prologis had the opportunity to buy it.
Almost 30 years ago, a facility in Hamburg-Hausbruch was built for the microchip manufacturer Philips. The Philips subsidiary NXP later used the buildings briefly, but vacated them in the summer of 2010. In 2011, Prologis, which already owned two other logistics facilities at the location, bought the former Philips’ site to develop a new speculative facility.
Prologis is working closely with two construction companies on a project in Pulheim, Germany, where careful planning and collaboration are key to the successful revitalization of a brownfield site.