Integrated logistics service provider Partner Logistics has reported an impressive 16% decrease in energy usage at its cold store warehouse in Gloucester six months after the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting at the facility.

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The site, which operates at temperatures as low as -27 degrees and has a 72,500 pallet capacity, saw all the former 400W, 250W and 125W interior lighting replaced with over 125 high-specification luminaires to reduce total energy consumption as well as create a brighter, improved work environment.

State-of-the-art movement sensors were also installed, which have attributed to energy savings through operating at just 20% capacity in times of low activity, an ideal solution for the Gloucester site which predominantly stores seasonal products such as ice cream.

Dave Mayne, Site Manager at the Gloucester warehouse, said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of this project. The boost in energy efficiency is great for the site and means we can make our customers’ supply chains greener.”

Ian Harvey, UK Technical Co-ordinator at Partner Logistics, said: “We’re very committed to sustainability and energy conservation in the supply chain and this lighting installation is another way in which we have used cutting edge innovation to drive down our carbon footprint.”

Partner Logistics have shown great commitment to energy conservation through designing and building their modern facilities with sustainability at the top of the agenda. For example, their Wisbech facility – the largest frozen food warehouse in the UK – uses 50% less energy than the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) best standard and only 50% more energy than other ‘conventional’ UK cold stores that are 1/10th of its size. They also actively create practical solutions to improve carbon efficiency such as piloting a facility which enables HGV drivers to continue to refrigerate their load whilst un/loading by using sustainable electricity and a partnership with Birds Eye to utilise double-deck trailers for the transportation of products.

Following the success of the Gloucester project, Partner Logistics are looking to convert to energy-efficient lighting at their other warehouses in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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