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Published on: Oct. 30, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
How green is your storage? Ask CII-IGBC
  • Logistics systems are set to get more friendly to the environment and people

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

A first-of-its-kind rating system for green logistics parks and warehouses promises to assess these areas on the basis of a variety of green concepts that the CII-Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has specified.

The system, which consumer affairs secretary Leena Nandan launched digitally during the recent inaugural session of CII Institute of Logistics Conference on Building Warehousing Competitiveness 2020, is what IGBC chairman V. Suresh describes as “a unique and exclusively developed way” to address logistics parks, warehouses, cold storages and other such facilities in India. 

It will also rate the design of docking bays and dock levellers, electric vehicles for indoor the material handling, greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and mitigation, the mix of transport modes, vehicular routing, parking for service vehicles, green packaging and basic amenities for staff and drivers.

According to Suresh, who is also the former chairman and managing director of the public-sector Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), the current demand in the logistics sector indicates that it will contribute 1 billion sq ft of registered green footprint by 2022. IGBC’s aspiration is to multiply this tenfold, to 10 billion sq ft, he says. 

The objective of the rating system, explains A.M. Visvanathan, chair, IGBC Green Logistics Parks & Warehouses, is “to drive and facilitate a holistic approach for developing world-class green logistics facilities in the country”. The logistics sector in India, he points out, is seeing a rapid rise in demand for freight-forwarding, warehousing and supply chain. “Therefore, it is imperative for the sector to adopt green principles to optimise the use of natural resources and aid growth in a sustainable manner,” he adds.

CII-IGBC has set up an exclusive committee under the leadership of Visvanathan, who is the executive vice president and business head – Godrej Storage Solutions, Godrej & Boyce, on green logistics parks, warehouses and cold storages. This committee will canvass the views and suggestions of various industry leaders and experts from the logistics sector on how to drive the green logistics movement in the country. 

The rating system, which is IGBC’s 27th so far in different areas, is designed to address a variety of storage facilities for both existing and new types of facilities, the more than 250 industry leaders and professionals from the logistics sector from all over the country who attended the conference were told. It addresses the national priorities and is developed in congruent with the policies of both the Centre and several states. It is also developed in alignment with the requirements with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Adopting the rating tool would enable projects to achieve various tangible and intangible benefits including energy and water savings as well as the health and well-being of the occupants, they learnt.


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