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POWER SUPPLY: Imperial Logistics Creates 'Green Logistics' Landmark


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It's all systems go for IMPERIAL Cargo, as the new Paarl-based headquarters switched on to solar power and opened the valves of its self-sufficient water treatment plant.

In just two years, IMPERIAL Cargo, a member company of IMPERIAL Logistics has transformed what was a dumpsite into a ‘green logistics’ landmark site. “The headquarters, which comprise an office building for 120 employees, a 2,000 m² warehouse, wash bay and workshop with nine bays harness natural power, light and ventilation,” says Abrie de Swardt, IMPERIAL Logistics Marketing Director.

At this point in time, IMPERIAL Cargo has one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the Western Cape. “The solar power system will generate and deliver in excess of 30,461 KWh annually. The company’s Greenfields project has enabled clean, renewable energy usage at the site for the next 20 years,” he says.

Investment in renewable energy infrastructure is one way in which IMPERIAL Logistics is leading the green logistics evolution. De Swardt explains that everything about IMPERIAL Cargo’s green logistics hub has been well thought through, with each of the natural elements having been leveraged in an integrated manner.

For example, due to the office’s east-west orientation, no desk in the whole building is positioned more than 1.5 m from a window. Through use of natural ventilation, staff do not need to switch on air conditioners, which also only start up based on a preset temperature.

The result of the project is one of transformation of an existing dumping ground to a productivity hub that works with the often erratic Paarl climate, to produce not only the required amount of energy, but a surplus,” he adds. “Over and above water cost savings generated by the on-site water treatment plant, the most critical saving lies in the reduction of water consumption and the limited amount of water that is contaminated and released back into the environment.”

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