L'Oréal on the Road to Sustainability
In early May, the French cosmetics giant opened its new logistics centre in Muggenstein, Baden-Württemberg. This facility is the company's largest distribution site in the world and, according to L'Oréal, one of the most sustainable. Thanks to climate-friendly technology, the new centre is completely CO2-neutral.
New Logistics Centre for all Divisions
Covering an area of 100,000 square meters, the site will supply the company's German, Austrian and Swiss markets. In addition to handling large customers such as retailers and drugstores, L'Oréal has indicated that smaller customers can also be supplied. Not only complete lorry shipments but also less voluminous orders are shipped to salons or pharmacies.
Focus on Sustainability
Sustainability was of particular importance in the construction of the new facility. The electricity used to operate the new facility comes from sustainable energy sources such as wind farms. Furthermore, on the roof of the facility there are 7,400 solar panels. Rainwater is also used to irrigate the green areas and to clean the halls.
Prior to the construction of the building, skylarks were predominantly native to the area and are now allowed to thrive on the roof of the facility. All in all, the site's green area covers 30,000 square metres. For the construction of the complex, the use of low-pollution raw materials was also taken into account, says L'Oréal. Energy-saving LEDs provide the necessary lighting and the building is specially insulated.
Employment opportunities for people with disabilities
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new logistics centre, L'Oréal decided on future cooperation with the Murgtal-Werkstätten & Wohngemeinschaften. The organisation belongs to the Lebenshilfe Rastatt/Murgtal e.V. and offers people with disabilities the opportunity to live and work there. At the new distribution facility, they will be responsible for the maintenance of the green area and, as was recently decided, also for testing the electrical appliances.
Further site modernisation
As part of the Sharing Beauty with All sustainability programme, the company intends to convert other sites into environmentally friendly locations. L'Oréal plans to bring all other distribution facilities up to CO2-neutral levels by the end of the year.
Source: L’Oréal, photo: Prologis