Northamptonshire warehouses are protecting the environment and educating future generations

Tuesday June 5th is World Environment Day. Over the past decade, Prologis buildings in Northamptonshire have protected over 4,700 acres of rainforest in the Amazon and Papua New Guinea – an area larger than the entire Rockingham Castle Estate;

The Prologis sustainability programme has also funded education officers from the Eden Project to go into schools close to its developments and talk to the children about sustainability and plastic reduction.

Sustainable innovation in the built environment has received a lot of attention recently with many experts suggesting that, to be successful, sustainability must become part of the culture of a business and be embedded into business systems.

For the past decade, Prologis UK has put sustainability at the heart of its business, working with The Planet Mark™ Sustainability Certification programme and charity Cool Earth to ensure its logistics buildings bring benefits for the environment, local communities and indigenous people in the rainforests.

Today, every new building the company develops has its environmental sustainability officially certified by The Planet Mark™. Indeed, over the past decade, over 5 million square feet of buildings on Prologis Parks in Northamptonshire have been certified, amounting to an overall reduction of over 150,000 tonnes of CO₂ - the equivalent of over 367 million miles driven by an average family vehicle.

The sustainability programme also funds education officers from the Eden Project to go into local schools and colleges close to its developments and talk to the children about sustainability and how they can play their part in reducing plastic and protecting the planet. Over the past decade this programme has been delivered to 2,803 children in 22 schools and colleges close to Prologis developments in Northamptonshire.

Prologis was the first UK property company to measure, reduce and mitigate the carbon emissions embodied in the structure and fabric of its new buildings, but it didn’t stop there, as Simon Cox, Head of Sustainability at Prologis UK explains:

“We feel passionately that, as a property company, we should play our part in reducing average lifetime carbon in our buildings and bring the benefits of sustainability to our customers, the local community and beyond. For this reason, we decided to go over and above what is required by The Planet MarkTM certification scheme and mitigate 100% of the embodied carbon in our buildings by working with Cool Earth to protect areas of rainforest.”

Since 2008, Prologis buildings in Northamptonshire have helped to protect over 4,700 acres of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon and Papua New Guinea: that’s an area larger than the entire Rockingham Castle Estate in Northamptonshire, protecting over a million trees.

The area of rainforest the company is currently helping to protect in Paupua New Guinea is part of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy; a unique network of forest conservation initiatives which involves all 53 countries of the commonwealth. 

“Over the past 10 years, Prologis has made - and continues to make – a powerful contribution to sustainable development through measuring and reducing the whole-life carbon emissions of their buildings,” said Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark™. "They have chosen to go even further by mitigating the embodied carbon emissions of their new developments, by protecting endangered rainforest.

“In our view, their commitment to sustainability is unprecedented and demonstrates true leadership. Prologis has provided the best possible platform for its customers to continue their sustainability journey,” Steve concludes.

Prologis has been investing in Northamptonshire for over a decade and currently has a number of logistics parks in the area including Prologis DIRFT, Prologis Park Dunstable, Prologis Park Kettering and Prologis Park Pineham.