The project for the 36,000 sqm green hub in the center of Le Havre port’s Pont de Normandie 2 Logistics Zone is part of Bolloré Logistics’ active policy to construct responsible and sustainable buildings.
This policy meets the strict requirements of various labels and certifications such as LEED and BiodiverCity©, the future benchmarks of property development. This project was chosen for the list of 21 climate solutions from the transport and logistics sector, relayed by HAROPA (the River Seine port organisation) at COP21 in December 2015 in Paris. The HAROPA-COP21 presentation went to Le Havre for two months. On 25th February, it was the chance for present the concept of Le Havre’s future green hub to Normandy’s press.
“This is a concept which we first implemented in Singapore in 2012 followed by last December with the construction of a new green hub at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport covering 37,000 sqm,” explains Philippe Maesen, CSR/Sustainable Development Manager at Bolloré Logistics. “Today, our customers are starting to ask what we are doing for the environment and the carbon footprint of our containers. For them it is becoming more important than price. Our environmental project is something that customers, particularly in the luxury or mass retail industries, are very demanding about,” confirms Laurent Foloppe, Director of Bolloré Logistics Le Havre.
At the end of 2015, the Bolloré Logistics unit in Le Havre signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a warehouse on the platform of the Pont de Normandie 2 Logistics Zone. The key focuses for this “sustainable construction” are energy management, preserving water resources, encouraging the use of alternative transports, quality of workplace conditions, biodiversity and landscape integration. This logistics hub is aiming for silver-level LEED V4 certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The pioneering aspect of this construction project is that it should also obtain the BiodiverCity© label, which attests to consideration for biodiversity from the project’s inception and is based on very strict criteria.
Picture (from left to right): Laurent Foloppe (Director of Bolloré Logistics Le Havre), Philippe Maesen (CSR/Sustainable Development Manager), and Pascal Galichon (Environment and Planning Director from HAROPA, Le Havre Port) presented the concept of Le Havre’s future green hub to Normandy’s press on 25th February.