Sustainable contract logistics: All the energy needed to operate the "DLC II" is sourced via solar panels on the facility's roof. Shown in the group picture (f.l.t.r.): Christopher Smith, Regional CEO Middle East & Africa at DB Schenker; Sanjiv Kakkar, Executive Vice President NAMET RUB at Unilever; Xavier Garijo, Member of the Board for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker; His Excellency Khalifa al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation & Dubai South; Ako Djaf, Vice President for Contract Logistics/SCM Middle East & Africa at DB Schenker. Photo: DB Schenker
In Dubai DB Schenker just commissioned its first warehouse worldwide operating on solar power exclusively. The concept makes the “DLC II” the most innovative example to date in a string of “Eco Warehouses.” The facility covering 33,000 square meters will serve as the regional logistics hub in the Middle East for DB Schenker’s customers. These include Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of homecare, beauty and personal care, foods and refreshment products.
“The DLC II shows: we plan and act sustainably,” said Xavier Garijo, Member of the Board for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker, at the opening ceremony also attended by high-ranking Unilever representatives. “We use resources in an ecologically sensible way in order to reduce CO2 emissions and costs. Sustainability is a competitive advantage for our customers and for us.” Next to the DLC II, DB Schenker operates Eco Warehouses in Singapore, Helsinki, Klagenfurt, Tilburg und Dortmund.
The temperature-controlled logistics center offers space for a total of 90,000 Euro pallets and has a large mezzanine for value-added services. It is located in the logistics area of Dubai South, one of the most important free trade zones in the Middle East. Direct connections to Al Maktoum International Airport, the world’s largest airport when fully operational, and Jebel Ali Port, the largest seaport in the Middle East, enable fast and uncomplicated transportation.
With the completion of the DLC II, the second of three phases of the growth plan for the expansion of contract logistics in Dubai has been completed. By 2021, DB Schenker will have created logistics space with a total capacity of 80,000 square meters in the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.