For many years, we have utilized renewable energy generation at some of our largest distribution facilities, including solar panels and wind turbines. However, extreme temperatures have meant that some of our facilities are using more energy than we’d like.
We have energy, waste and water requirements that all new and existing distribution centers must meet, and we are developing plans for existing facilities that don’t meet those requirements.
Today, all our owned distribution centers in North America are powered by renewable energy. In Ham, Belgium, Nike operates a distribution center powered with 100% renewable energy, sourcing energy from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. In addition to railways and highways, surrounding infrastructure includes a network of canals, enabling 99% of inbound containers to reach the local container park by water. This eliminates some 14,000 truck journeys each year, reducing associated carbon emissions.
Additionally, two of our largest distribution centers are LEED certified: our North America Logistics Campus, in Memphis, Tenn., is LEED Silver and our China Logistics Center, in Taicang, China, is LEED Platinum. We are also pursuing LEED certification for five other distribution centers.