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Amazon supports new CIBSE guide on logistics decarbonisation

by Mark Cantrell
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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced new comprehensive Europe-wide guidance on embodied carbon in the logistics industry, developed with the assistance of Introba and Amazon.

Embodied Carbon in Building Services: Logistics Centres (TM65.3) is said to be a groundbreaking industry guidance that helps the logistics industry assess the embodied carbon of material handling equipment (MHE), and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) equipment commonly used in logistics centres.

CIBSE says this is the first industry-wide guidance and methodology that aims to foster informed data-based decision-making as the logistics industry works towards reducing its environmental footprint.

The guidance enables the industry to gain a deeper understanding of its environmental impact and identify opportunities for decarbonisation. According to a Research and Markets report, the global market size of MHE was $128Bn, and is estimated to reach $193Bn in 2030.

Dr Anastasia Mylona, CIBSE’s technical director, said: “This launch marks a significant milestone in understanding the embodied carbon implications of logistics buildings and underscores our commitment to sustainability within the built environment. By pooling our expertise with Amazon and Introba, we will empower stakeholders across the logistics sector with actionable insights to drive positive change.”

Embodied carbon encompasses greenhouse gas emissions associated with materials and construction processes across different lifecycle stages. The guidance finds that MHE can represent an additional 17-53% of a typical logistics building’s embodied carbon.

This is said to show that companies can reduce their environmental impact by making more informed decisions about the type of equipment used in their warehouses, and equipment manufacturers have the opportunity to differentiate and lead by developing equipment with lower carbon footprints.

TM65.3 builds upon the methodology outlined in Embodied Carbon in Building Services: A Calculation Methodology (TM65); a calculation method for embodied carbon emissions in building services design that provides a robust framework for understanding and mitigating environmental impact.

This latest guidance will benefit a wide array of stakeholders, including logistics building owners, manufacturers, retailers, architects, engineers, policymakers, researchers and students, CIBSE says.

By providing comprehensive insights into the embodied carbon impact of MHE and MEP strategies, the document is said to empower those stakeholders to make informed decisions aligned with their organisation’s sustainability goals.

Frank Lindner, director of operations engineering EMEA at Amazon, said: “Calculating and understanding embodied carbon is a challenge across many sectors, and we’re proud to have supported CIBSE in their efforts to create robust industry guidance that will help Amazon and all those in the industry better understand their footprints and make more informed design and buying decisions.”

Introba’s head of sustainability for UK and Europe, Andy Stanton added: “TM65.3 is our first step along the journey to quantifying the embodied carbon across various logistics building typologies, particularly material handling equipment. There is no sign of demand for goods and services decreasing any time soon, so the need to understand the embodied carbon of the fast-growing logistics sector is paramount.”

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