April 16, 2018
Sustainable Development

Since 2008, our buildings have helped to protect over 10,000 acres of rainforest in Ashaninka and Papua New Guinea

Andrew Griffiths, Prologis UK

How logistics buildings are protecting the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

At first glance, the links between industrial logistics buildings in the UK and the Amazon rainforest may not be immediately obvious. However, through our partnership with environmental charity Cool Earth, Prologis buildings in the UK have actually been protecting areas of rainforest in Ashaninka and, more recently, in Papua New Guinea, for the past decade.

Our journey to protect the Amazon rainforest began a decade ago in 2008.  At that time, conversations about sustainability within the commercial property industry were still in their infancy; however, we wanted to explore ways to mitigate 100% of the carbon involved in the construction of our buildings.

Working with The Planet Mark™ we identified Cool Earth as our charity partner and, in the first collaboration of its kind, we worked together on an initiative that mitigates embodied carbon emissions by protecting the Amazon rainforest. Since 2008, our buildings have helped to protect over 10,000 acres of rainforest in Ashaninka and Papua New Guinea: that’s an area roughly the same size as zone 1 of the London Underground and the equivalent of 5,000 football pitches.

Images from Wabumari village, Papua New Guinea

A decade later we are delighted that the profile of Cool Earth has grown and now protects over 900,000 acres of rainforest; putting local people back in control of their land and helping to halt deforestation and reduce climate change.

We feel passionately that, as a property company, we should play our part in reducing average lifetime carbon in our buildings to bring the benefits of sustainability to our customers, the local community and beyond. That’s why we decided to refocus our support of Cool Earth and concentrate our efforts on the preservation of an area of rainforest in Papua New Guinea.

What’s exciting about the area of rainforest is that it forms part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy – a unique network of forest conservation initiatives which involve all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Being part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy offers further protection to these vulnerable areas of rainforest.

Images from Wabumari village, Papua New Guinea

Cool Earth’s partnership with Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea is protecting 60,000 hectares of rainforest through community intervention, support and engagement .  It creates strong, self-determining communities who protect their own forest and form a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible to loggers, saving millions of acres.

Today, every new building we develop also has its life cycle carbon impact officially certified by The Planet Mark™ and, over the past decade, The Planet Mark has certified 40 Prologis developments, documenting overall reductions of over 250,000  tCO₂e - the equivalent of over 617 million miles driven by an average family vehicle.

We are proud to be protecting part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy through our relationship with The Planet Mark and Cool Earth and we are committed to the continued protection of the rainforests for the benefit of future generations.