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DB Schenker switches to sustainable LED lighting

(Antwerp, 13 June 2016) DB Schenker is replacing the 898 mercury vapour lamps in its warehouse in Willebroek with 2,300 LED bulbs, thus reducing its annual energy consumption from 409 kWh to 160 kWh. This investment once again is proof of the efforts that the international logistics player is making to become a sustainable link in the global supply chain.

When the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) warehouse was built in 2003, the four units, covering a total floor area of 65,000 sq.m., were fitted with spot lights with a clock fixture and mercury vapour lamps that were customary at the time in such an environment. This lighting needed to be replaced. DB Schenker resolutely opted for the most sustainable solution for this.

“We decided to work with an independent auditing company to find a solution that was both sustainable and labour-friendly”, says Leon Janssen, CEO of Schenker Logistics Nederland B.V., who is also responsible for the BeNeLux organisation. “Their audit found that LED line lights were most suited for our operations. We then asked various suppliers to install a test lighting system and examined the impact of this system on the light quality for the operations in the warehouse, the effects on our warehouse employees, electricity consumption and so on. The semi wide-angle LED luminaire of Veko Lightsystems offered the best price/quality ratio.”

In addition to their longer lifespan (50,000 hours versus 15,000 for mercury vapour), LEDs are much easier to maintain and the new light management system is also intelligently controlled.

“The main corridors in the warehouse are permanently lit and the side corridors are only lit in case of activity in the corridor. The motion sensor, which is specially designed for narrow warehouse paths immediately switches on the light but only in the corridor where there is activity. This intelligent lighting significantly reduces our electricity consumption”, according to Leon Janssen.

DB Schenker’s new warehouse lighting is HACCP certified, meets the energyfriendly BREEAM/EIA requirements and complies with the International Food Standard 6, meaning it can be used in a food environment. The investment also generates an ROI for DB Schenker in just two years.

Based in Antwerp, Schenker nv is one of the Belgian market’s leading integrated logistics service providers and employs 680 staff at eight branches: Antwerp, Brussels, Eupen, Mechelen, Zwevegem, Willebroek, Zaventem and Zeebrugge. DB Schenker supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods combining Land Transport, Air and Ocean Freight, Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Last modified: 16.06.2016


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