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Goodman’s sustainability strategy lauded by DGNB at ExpoReal

Monday, 06 October 2014

Green certified assets under management approaching one million sqm 

Global integrated property group Goodman, which owns, develops and manages logistics and business space, received special acknowledgement for its building sustainability master plan developed with the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). During a presentation ceremony at ExpoReal, DGNB awarded Goodman with 19 silver certifications for its new developments in Germany from the organisation. With these new certifications, Goodman is approaching a total of one million sqm of green certified assets under management in continental Europe.   

Launched in 2012, the Goodman sustainability master plan instituted a set of pre-agreed guidelines and concepts for pre-certification of new development projects by DGNB. As a result, the plan has reduced the time and cost of the certification process and Goodman is the only logistics property group, active in the German market, to have signed such a plan with DGNB. 

“As a long-term owner and investor of logistics properties, sustainability is an important part of our business and is firmly embedded in our corporate strategy,” Dirk Mölter, Goodman Sustainability and Technical Director Continental Europe, explained. “Our master plan simplifies the certification process and increases the quality of our properties.”   

Silver certification by DGNB pushes companies to remain ahead of German regulation. Therefore, Goodman is able to provide customers with a Grade-A property that reduces resource consumption and helps customers to achieve their own sustainability goals. 
Some examples from Goodman’s portfolio include:

  • Distribution centre for DSV in Leipzig: Goodman installed an energy efficient LED lighting system and increased the amount of natural light to save approximately 35% on electricity costs. Additionally, Goodman installed a wood pellet fired floor heating system that reduces consumption costs and improves comfort for employees. 
  • Hammer logistics centre at Bedburg’s Mühlenerft Industrial Park: This brownfield development converted a former mining site into a 103,000 sqm logistics property, with Goodman planting approximately 600 indigenous trees. Furthermore, Goodman reduced energy consumption with the extensive use of LED lights.   
  • Rhenus logistics centre near Frankfurt: Goodman installed a combined wood chip and wood pellet heating system to reduce consumption costs up to 15%, as well as extensive greening and noise protection features as part of the company’s social sustainability strategy. 

In total, there are now 22 Goodman properties across Germany with silver certification by DGNB. Across continental Europe, green certification has been achieved or is being sought in the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands and Poland. When Goodman achieves its certification goals, the Group will have over 1.5 million sqm of green assets under management. 

“As a leader in the logistics sector, we see it as our responsibility to continually strive toward a more sustainable model of property ownership, development and management. We partner with customers to not only understand and cater to their operational needs, but also embrace their sustainability priorities.”  Philippe Van der Beken, Managing Director Continental Europe

Brownfield site conversion
Due to the increasing shortage of sites in prime locations, Goodman has turned more intensively to brownfield site conversion (the revitalisation of industrial wasteland). As many older, existing properties no longer fulfil the technical standards and sustainability requirements of modern logistics space, the Group considers acquiring such buildings, demolishing them and replacing them with flexible new developments. Around half of all new property solutions from Goodman in Germany are created from so-called brownfields. 

Below is a list of brownfield site conversions in Germany since 2012:

Location   Customer   sqm 
 Automotive  customer
 DB Schenker
Sustainability is a key business driver for Goodman and its customers. Land availability in prime locations, the cost of natural resources, and environmental and civil stewardship lead Goodman’s approach to smart, customer-centric sustainability. Goodman will continue to pursue innovative solutions for the development and management of our properties that meet the needs of our customers and the communities in which we operate.      

For further information, please contact Goodman:
Christopher Flores
Communications Manager CE
+32 2 451 42 08

About Goodman 
Goodman is an integrated property group that owns, develops and manages logistics and business space across Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil. The Group invests in industrial estates and warehouse and distribution centres. 

Goodman also offers a range of listed and unlisted property funds, including its flagship European fund Goodman European Logistics Fund (GELF), giving investors access to a range of specialist services and property assets. Goodman works continually to build value in logistics property and fund management, with innovative new developments, and business and investment offerings.

With total assets under management of €18.4 billion and approximately 430 properties under management, Goodman is the largest industrial listed property group on the Australian Securities Exchange, and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers globally. Its market insight and dedicated local teams create sound investment opportunities and develop properties and environments that meet each client’s individual requirements.  

With more than 1,000 staff in 16 countries and 33 offices, Goodman has the global reach to meet customers’ needs as their businesses expand or evolve. In Europe, Goodman is present in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK.