Sustainability, one of the most talked about topics in supply chain, often focuses on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, green packaging, raising labor standards, use of renewable resources, and energy efficiency. However, when it comes to sustainability in logistics, transportation garners the maximum attention.
The most commonly adopted standards for building sustainability is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification provided by the Green Building Council. While sustainability practices have not yet gained significant traction in most warehouses and distribution centers (DCs), this may be changing.
Designing these facilities for more sustainable operation and maintenance can contribute significantly to a more sustainable overall supply chain. Sustainable design helps ensure a healthy environment, encourages worker safety, and provides a winning edge. From a more critical business perspective, it also lowers operating costs, ultimately improving a company's financial performance. Though it is not mandatory today, businesses have started to see sustainability clauses inserted into requests for proposals (RFPs) for warehouses.