Twenty years ago, when Prologis in the UK was founded, industrial logistics buildings (or sheds as they are affectionately known) were regarded as little more than places to protect the goods inside from theft and the worst effects of the British weather.
At that time, conversations about sustainability within the commercial property industry were still in their infancy; however, we couldn’t help thinking that our buildings could be working a lot harder and delivering better environmental and cost saving benefits for our customers and the local community.
When you think about it, it’s not such a strange idea. After all, one of the functions of a logistics building has always been to protect things, so why shouldn’t it protect the environment, local communities and indigenous people in the rainforests as well?
This idea became a reality back in 2008 when we certified the first building at Prologis Park Pineham and became the first UK property company to measure, reduce and mitigate the carbon emissions embodied in the structure and fabric of our new buildings.
Today, every new building we develop has its environmental sustainability officially certified by The Planet Mark Sustainability Certification. Over the past decade 40 Prologis developments have been certified, which amounts to an overall reduction of over 250,000 tons of CO₂ - the equivalent of over 617 million miles driven by an average family vehicle.