ID Logistics SA, part the global contracts logistics group, has embarked on a national initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, starting with electricity consumption at its Gauteng distribution centre in Boksburg.

Etienne Juillard, MD of ID Logistics SA comments, “Our KWH consumption savings are impressive as we are close on achieving over a quarter of consumption reduction over the past two years at the pilot site.”

Dean Gardner, Warehouse Development Manager at ID Logistics adds, “We reviewed the different options from solar, LED, gas-energy to timer switches and looked for suppliers that could offer the best solution in each domain.

“We decided to partner with Raydian Power Solutions and first commenced with LED conversion as a pilot project at the chilled warehouse at our Gauteng distribution centre and head-office in May 2017 in order to validate the investment and savings before we rolled it out to our other distribution centres. This was followed by the ambient warehouse at the Gauteng distribution centre. Due to the great success, we are now implementing this project at three sites in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, which started mid November this year.”

According to Gardner, the benefits of the LED initiative include a glass-free warehouse, which enhances safety; whiter and brighter lights which improve visibility; and in the long term, less energy from the grid and increased savings on electricity consumption.

During 2018, Gardner says that they will focus on peak consumption mechanisation, as well as a solar initiative at the Gauteng and Cape Town sites.