Dutch online marketplace bol.com has moved entirely to renewable energy in its warehouses in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The switch to zero carbon, which also applies to offices and data centres, has been achieved through widespread use of green installations.
The company has worked with renewable energy firm Eneco to install 13,000 solar panels on the roof of its new Waalwijk distribution centre. This generates around 4 gigawatts per hour, which will power elevators, lighting, automatic doors, order picking machines, conveyor belts, packaging machines and sortation systems.
bol.com’s goal is to achieve zero grams of CO2 emissions per package by 2025.
Vincent Weijers, logistics and operations director at bol.com: “This is an important milestone for bol.com’s sustainability, because the energy consumption in our buildings determined a substantial part of our total CO2 emissions. We want to achieve climate-neutral shopping at bol.com by 2025.
“By running 100 percent on solar and wind energy, achieving that ambition comes closer. Of course there is still a lot of work to be done, but as the collaboration with Eneco shows, we are continuously taking steps to become more sustainable: from packaging and delivery of the articles as economically as possible, to offering a large sustainable range in our stores.”