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.