Gazeley Wins the Coveted Green Supply Chain Award in China

Published November 15th, 2008 - 07:04 GMT

Gazeley, a wholly owned subsidiary of Economic Zones World (EZW), has won the 2008 Green Supply Chain Award in China on November 07, 2008 for the development of the Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre. This warehouse was designed and developed by Gazeley and was delivered to Wal-Mart at the end of September 2007. The distribution centre has a 43,000 sq m operation area, and has a capacity to handle 330,000 cases per day.

The Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre features an array of sustainable measures to reduce carbon dioxide emission, energy and water consumption. It also employs recyclable materials, which help to save operation costs while making distribution more eco-friendly. The whole distribution centre adopts T5 energy saving light bulbs, which consume about 20 to 30 percent less electricity than normal light bulbs. The warehouse uses day lighting and an air-conditioning heat energy recycling system. Also, the building uses renewable and ecologically safe energy to reduce its carbon footprint like 20-square-meter wide solar PV panels and two 10-kilowatt wind turbines that may generate electricity up to 7,300 kilowatt per year. The distribution centre is also equipped with 10 solar energy water heaters that may provide 1.7 tons of hot water every day and save electricity up to 25,550 kilowatt every year. Putting all these measures together, Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre can reduce 31 tons of carbon dioxide emission every year, which equals the emission data of a family household for a period of 138 months.

Gazeley receives this award for strict implementation of high international environmental protection standards, advanced technologies and its consistent efforts and commitment to sustainable development as well as its valuable contribution to popularizing the environmental protection philosophy in China.

“The Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre is an excellent example of Gazeley’s local implementation of their global sustainable development strategy.” said Antonio Lee, Senior Director - Supply Chain of Wal-Mart China. “Wal-Mart strives for ‘saving people’s money so they can live better’, and the completion of the new Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre can help better achieve the goal.”

Max Henry, Founder & Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Council says, “Gazeley provides the Wal-Mart Tianjin Distribution Centre with a holistic set of environmental protection measures and standards, inputting huge efforts in energy saving, lowering pollution, reducing emission, and employing recyclable materials etc. It not only enables the whole distribution centre’s environmental protection effectiveness after operation, but also imports high international standards and top global sustainable development technologies into local market. This is testimony to the fact that Gazeley amply deserves this award”

Jonathan Fenton Jones, Global Procurement and Sustainability Director, said: “At Gazeley we recognize that being a profitable business, protecting the environment and making a difference in our communities are compatible.

“Over the past five years we have built 1.2 million m2 (13 million square feet) of efficient, sustainable warehouse space reducing our customers’ operating costs by £930,000 per year. Our proven sustainability track record is enabling us to win new business throughout the world including India, China and Mexico and to provide our customers with efficient and cost-effective solutions.”

Since Gazeley entered the China market in February 2006, its business has been developing at a steady and healthy pace. Currently Gazeley is developing a number of warehouses in Tianjin, Kunshan, Nanjing, and Jiaxing, which are either meant for specific customers or immediately available to rent. It is also exploring opportunities for new developments in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing.

As a part of its Green commitment, on February 7, 2008, Gazeley has pledged to meet advanced sustainability measures by 2010, where carbon positive will play a central role. Gazeley’s Sustainability Report show cases how Gazeley is developing the most advanced distribution warehouses in the world. In its 2008 Sustainability Report, the global company is pledging to do the following by 2010:

 Energy: 35% of all developments to be carbon positive, 35% overall global reduction in carbon emissions
 Waste: 50% of all construction waste re-used or re-cycled
 Water: 70% of all site reusing 100% of development storm water
 Biodiversity & Habitat: 70% of all development sites demonstrating a net gain in Biodiversity & Habitat
 Pollutants: To use materials in developments that do not degrade human and system health

Earlier this year, Gazeley raised the bar on its sustainability credentials when it was selected as the developer of a £50 million scheme to build one of the world’s greenest business and logistic parks in North Staffordshire, UK, which is to be completed and ready to let by December 2008. Chatterley Valley will be a truly carbon positive development – the logistics park will have its own bio-fuel micro power station. Another noteworthy feature is that vehicles arriving at the site will pass over kinetic plates that will produce electricity, which will be used to power electric buses, cars and even bicycles.


About Gazeley
Gazeley is a wholly owned subsidiary of Economic Zones World, a Dubai World company. It was founded in 1987 in the UK and has since developed more than 60 million sq ft (5.6 million sq m) of sustainable distribution warehouses and industrial space for leading international companies and third-party logistics providers worldwide.

Gazeley’s vision is: ‘to be a global provider of logistics space delivered in a sustainable way’. Gazeley has a range of logistics sites to offer to its customers across the Europe, Mexico and India and is expanding operations further into Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Gazeley first launched its sustainable design concept in 2002 and the company continues to assign considerable investment into sustainability and renewable technologies to ensure this best practice approach is fully embedded in all the developer’s buildings. By 2010, the company pledges to make 35% of all its developments carbon positive while providing a 35% overall global reduction in carbon emissions.

A suite of key environmental measures are provided to customers as standard reflecting Gazeley’s cost effective procurement and long-term commitment to sustainable development. The ability to implement leading edge environmental technologies ranging from rain water harvesting and ETFE rooflights to biofuel plants across its developments provides customers with significant operational cost savings.

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