UK warehousing is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK economy. According to figures from Savills, between 2015 and 2021, there was a 32% increase in the number of warehousing units.
There has been significant growth in larger units (those over 90,000m2) mainly driven by the growth of online retailing by both dedicated digital businesses and high street stores moving to omni-channel.
But such large assets could increase a retailer’s carbon footprint considerably. Warehousing presents unique challenges to energy efficiency such as wide open spaces; large, frequently opening doors; tall ceilings and perishable items that require exact temperatures.
However, there are solutions. Some of these will be people-based, such as engaging colleagues in energy efficiency measures, and some which will draw on the latest in building and equipment technologies.
In a new guide (below), our partner Mitsubishi Electric explores how to make your warehouse assets more energy efficient to reduce emissions, operate effectively and manage costs.
You can also catch up with our webinar Step by Step Guide to Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction in Warehousing.
Mitsubishi Electric is our Strategic Partner on our Renewables Pathway