Urban, sustainable and multi-storey – is that what the urban logistics facility of the future look like? We are talking to Markus Meyer, Head of Northern Germany for Goodman, the australian property developers.
Mr. Meyer, how important is sustainability at Goodman?
Meyer: We can say, in general, that sustainability is extremely important at Goodman. We are an Australian company. In our home country, we're living through the progressive changes in the climate and experiencing ever-increasing heat waves that are well beyond average and their effects. Our corporate philosophy has also developed from this awareness of climate changes. We met the objective we had set ourselves, to be carbon-neutral by 2025, this year. That doesn't just apply to our properties, but also to the way our company operates, and to every member of staff. We want to be a pioneer in the sustainable development of commercial properties.
You are active world-wide, and also have several properties in Bremen. How is your commitment to being environmentally friendly demonstrated in Bremen? Can you give us an example?
Meyer: We have just finished building a property in the Güterverkehrszentrum Bremen (the Cargo Distribution Center) – a building that achieves carbon-neutral operation. There is a big photovoltaic installation on the roof that generates green energy. The office buildings are heated using heat pumps. In addition, we have installed 20 electric charging stations in front of the building, to support staff e-mobility, and charging points for e-bikes. The office building has a green roof.
In our view, the "well-being" of our workforce is an important aspect of sustainability. To achieve that, we have used high-quality interior fittings in our offices and social spaces, which is rather unusual. An example: We analysed the way the building is used, and how people move about in it, to enable us to locate kitchens in the best places for warehouse and office staff to meet each other. We also set up attractive break areas, inside and outside. The outside break areas are roofed. In addition, our green spaces have higher quality plants than usual, to give something back to Nature.