Green logistics: BLG launches innovative lighthouse project with Mercedes-Benz in Bremen

  • Inauguration of the logistics centre "C3 Bremen" in the presence of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck
  • Logistics facility supplied with electricity by Germany's largest contiguous roof-mounted photovoltaic system

The seaport and logistics service provider BLG LOGISTICS today celebrated the inauguration of the new XXL logistics facility "C3 Bremen" in the Free Hanseatic City together with Mercedes-Benz. In the presence of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck, the Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen Andreas Bovenschulte and the Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing Maike Schaefer, a green ribbon was cut in a symbolic act.

"In many respects, the C3 Bremen logistics centre can be seen as a blueprint for the construction and design of logistics properties of the future."
Frank Dreeke, Chairman of the Executive Board of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG

Sustainability was a central consideration in the planning and construction of the C3 Bremen. In addition to a holistic energy concept for heating, hot water and ventilation, comprehensive building insulation and intelligent lighting control, the building's own energy generation capacity is also a key factor. The largest contiguous roof-mounted photovoltaic system currently installed on an industrial property in Germany is being installed on the building's roof area, which covers more than 80,000 square metres. The solar service provider RE.source generates with the nearly 9.3 MWp module output annually 8.4 million kilowatt hours of solar power annually, which would be equivalent to supplying more than 2,400 households. A total of around 23,000 PV modules and 52 inverters are being installed on the roof of the logistics property, which will supply the site with solar power in the future.

"Large-scale and holistic projects like this are exactly what we need to achieve our climate goals and lead Germany to greenhouse gas neutrality. A strong project that shows how future-oriented business and climate protection go hand in hand."
Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck

Transport logistics: a key part of the automotive value chain
The convenient location of the C3 Bremen also contributes to sustainable operation. The direct connection to road, rail and water via the neighbouring Neustadt harbour results in short transport routes that can be used across all modes of transport and eliminates the need for long compensatory journeys between different locations.

"The C3 sets standards in terms of sustainability. Among other things, with the 80,000 square metre photovoltaic system, the largest contiguous system on the roof of an industrial property in Germany. The fact that two strong Bremen companies, BLG and Mercedes-Benz, have joined forces on this project is not only a strong signal for the environment, but above all a strong signal for Bremen as a business location.
And it shows in an exemplary way that economic development in Bremen
as a logistics location and the protection of the environment and climate are not mutually exclusive".
Bremen's mayor Andreas Bovenschulte on the occasion of the inauguration

"With the largest rooftop-photovoltaic-system in Germany, Bremen's industry shows up as a pioneer in innovation and climate protection. After all, securing many qualified jobs in 2023 can only be implemented in a future-proof manner, if climate protection is simultaneously considered as an elementary component of investments. Sustainable management and renewable energy generation through photovoltaics can unite investors, operators and customers behind a sustainable strategy - both ecologically and economically.
We are impressed and proud of it."
Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing Maike Schaefer

The new C3 in Bremen bundles the logistics activities for the global Mercedes-Benz CKD production network in Germany. Vehicle parts are prepared for shipment worldwide via the major German seaports using the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) method. In this context, the C3's overall concept has clear advantages for BLG's long-standing customer.

"Transport logistics is a key part of the automotive value chain. Avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions through process optimisation is therefore a clear focus for Mercedes-Benz on the path to balance sheet CO2 neutrality. I am very pleased to send an important signal of innovative strength for sustainable transport logistics with today's opening of the new logistics centre together with our long-standing partner BLG".
Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production and Supply Chain Management

Sustainable milestone set: Customer, Climate, Comfort
Sustainable action and management have been part of BLG LOGISTICS' corporate strategy for many years. In logistics, real estate accounts for a large share of CO2 emissions. That is why BLG, as a logistics service provider, offers answers to the demand for climate-neutral or even climate-positive logistics real estate and finds solutions here.

"With this facility, the project developer Baytree Logistics Properties and the logistics real estate consultant Logivest are setting a standard that we hope will lead the way for holistically designed logistics properties that are the future. BLG LOGISTICS is leading the way with this flagship project."
Frank Dreeke, Chairman of the Executive Board of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG

The three topics of customer, climate protection and employee needs were the focus of the lighthouse project from the very first idea. The initial letters of the English terms Customer, Climate and Comfort logically form the name-giving abbreviation "C3", which resulted from a survey among employees. In C3 Bremen, the customer's high demands on logistical processes and services, climate protection and sustainability as well as an attractive environment for the employees are intertwined and contribute equally to the success of the project.

Further information on the "C3 Bremen" as well as images can be found in our digital press kit.

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