Our goal is always to develop 100% brownfield land, but when this is not possible we invest in projects that protect the biodiversity and reinforce ecosystems within the local region. As Avion logistics centre, near Lens, is a green field site, Goodman made a donation to improve biodiversity. We will also compensate its CO₂ emissions by planting one tree per developed square metre.
With Goodman’s contribution, 9,000 trees will be planted in the Pas-de-Calais region end of 2020 and early 2021, in the Guînes State Forest to offset the CO₂ emissions emitted during the construction of the new site. The 9,000 seedlings (about 6 ha) are a mix of sessile oak (60%), beech, cherry, small leaf lime and the plants will be spread over two parcels. There are also plans for the natural requalification of ponds in Normandy.
Nature is being encouraged to thrive at the Lens Logistics Centre. Bird and bat nests have been installed on the facades, and there are insect hotels. 100% of the rain water is being recovered and reused, and the bicycle shed has a green roof.
Avion Logistics Centre has many other sustainable features: