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Toll and Nike just do it without carbon

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 ( #914 ) - Altona, Vic, Australia
Toll's Nike warehouse received whole-of-building carbon neutral certification.
Toll's Nike warehouse received whole-of-building carbon neutral certification.
Toll's custom-built Nike warehouse in Melbourne's Altona North has become the first-ever facility in Australia to achieve a whole-of-building carbon neutral certification under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). The certification of the Toll-Nike logistics facility, owned by Stockland, caps off Toll's significant investment in energy efficiency at the site, which was named Best Industrial Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards in 2017. The site's energy efficiency program features upgrades to a 2.5 km conveyor system which is powered by 145 individual electric motors, and the retrofitting of 1,300 light fixtures with high efficiency LEDs. This has led to a halving of the site's total electricity consumption, exceeding the greenhouse reductions required by NCOS. Marie Varrasso, Nike's operations director, says the success of the facility reflects its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint while delivering efficient solutions and savings which can be passed on to its customers directly. "Through this collaboration, continuous improvements have been introduced into the supply chain, which ultimately benefits Nike's footwear, apparel and equipment customers. It's a unique relationship, with innovation at the heart of everything we do," she adds. Toll and Nike have offset the remaining greenhouse emissions generated by the building by investing in forest conservation projects in Tasmania as well as in an energy recovery waste water treatment plant in Thailand. These projects protect local biodiversity and native species, support jobs in local communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.