Climate-neutral distribution center

Carbon neutrality or climate neutrality are emerging definitions that relate to measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon energy used by either a building or an organization.

Brief description

The worldwide carbon emissions have increased by sixty one percent since 1990. PUMA has committed to setting an example on reducing the impact on the environment, both from own entities and within the supply chain. Therefore, PUMA is changing its logistic processes by choosing to centralize their warehouses. Ninety percent of operated warehouses in Europe are going to be integrated into one single carbon-neutral and LEED-Gold-certified warehouse by 2020 (Q3).

Achievement of the project

  • Instead of using water in drinkable quality, PUMA utilizes rainwater to flush all toilettes. Hereby, PUMA can reduce use of fresh water usage by up to fifty percent
  • Due to the commitment to LEED-certification standards, at least twenty-five percent of utilized construction materials are not listed on the REACH list
  • A photovoltaic plant will decrease energy costs

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • By the implementation of a photovoltaic power plant, carbon neutrality can be assured
  • At least five percent and up to twenty-five percent of power needs will be produced self-sufficiently


  • Different certification-classes and categories can be individually selected (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum)
  • High investments – predominantly major firms are likely to implement a project within such dimension
  • Medium-high certification costs can occur (depending on certification class)

DC Geiselwind


  • Difficult selection of suitable stakeholders and partners
  • Intensive stakeholder-coordination required
  • High investments
  • Strong adjustments in business processes
  • Unsure whether desired outcome will be reached


  • Trough the implementation of this sustainable warehouse, PUMA is very confident, that financial performance, sustainability performance and brand reputation will continue to increase.
  • Gain of know-how in environmental building certification

Requirements for third parties

  • Know-how in LEED / BREEAM / DGNB certification handling

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