With the planting of a tree, the start of the construction of the new sorting centre for DHL Parcel parcels at Cape Townweg 25 in Amsterdam was celebrated today. At the place where the operation will start in a year's time, Reinier Statema (project manager DHL Parcel Benelux), Mariëtta van Wijk (Director Business & Legal Netherlands WDP) and Marco van der Laan (General Director Aan de Stegge Twello) planted a tree. This under the watchful eye of employees of the three companies and surrounding organizations. The new DHL sorting centre is an investment of WDP and is being built by Aan de Stegge Twello. The tree is a red columnar beech and symbolizes sustainable construction with the BREEAM excellent quality mark in mind. The construction and furnishing involves an investment of more than 35 million euros. The sorting centre takes the place of the current DHL terminal on the same business park. Around the Amsterdam site, more than 600 employees are involved in the supply, removal and delivery of parcels. Vanderlande supplies sorting installation In the new sorting centre for parcels, the capacity will be expanded so that more and better sorting can be done.
Vanderlande Industries, internationally known for its logistics process automation, will supply the sorting plant that has a capacity of 12,500 packages per hour. The contract for the delivery of the installation was recently signed. Vanderlande is based in Veghel and has been part of the Japanese conglomerate Toyota Industries Corporation since this year. When planting the tree on the Kaapstadweg, representatives of Vanderlande were present.
The planting of the tree symbolizes the BREEAM Excellent standard for sustainable construction that the DHL sorting center will meet. Sustainability is the starting point for all aspects in the construction and operation of the building. Origin and reuse of building materials, energy efficiency, attention to the environment and workplace experience of employees; sustainability is the norm for everything. Both WDP, ADST and DHL are at the forefront of sustainable construction. The tree is one of many that are planted annually by DHL worldwide as part of DHL's environmental policy that aims to operate emission-free by 2050. The type of tree was deliberately chosen as a species that is common in the original landscape and will become part of a larger green strip.
3,800 solar panels
The building on the Kaapstadweg will provide 80% of its own electricity through the installation of 3,800 solar panels. This will, among other things, power the energy-efficient LED lighting and charge the electric vans, the so-called DHL StreetScooters. The remaining electricity that is required is obtained from the large wind turbines that are practically next to the building. Sun and wind from the area.
Investment for growth
The new building of Amsterdam is the first in a series that will take place in the coming years. Investments that are necessary to steer growth in the right direction and that are also intended to expand the service level. In the past two years, 30 million euros have been invested and in the next three years that amount will exceed 60 million euros. In addition to investments in physical locations such as dhl points where consumers can go, there is expansion of the fleet, shipping services and IT innovations.