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Warehousing and Logistics Guide

Energy efficiency opportunities for warehousing and logistics companies


Minimising overheads is key to maintaining profitability in the competitive warehousing and logistics sector. Ensuring that energy costs are as low as they can possibly be will help the bottom line and in addition to the economic benefits there are social and environmental advantages through reducing energy consumption.


Warehousing and logistics overview guide

Published February 2019

For warehousing and logistics firms, energy use is concentrated across a few key systems. Significant savings can be achieved by optimising lighting, heating, and where applicable, refrigeration systems. Low and no cost savings can easily be achieved by improving controls, improving night-time and weekend shut down routines and through better energy management.

As large client organisations look to further reduce their carbon footprints, they are focusing on opportunities to cut emissions in their upstream and downstream operations. Conditions of contract and performance reviews are commonly asking for assurance of good energy and environmental performance and management from their partners in the warehousing and logistics sector.

This 17 page guide is aimed at owners, operators and managers of warehousing and logistics firms, from single site operations to those with multiple premises. It focuses on capital measures to improve heating, lighting, and other warehouse energy use for ambient warehouses. In addition, low and no-cost measures and action with short payback periods are highlighted.

Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Energy consumption in warehousing & logistics
  • Key opportunities for energy savings
    • Lighting
    • Heating and ventilation
    • Ventilation
    • Forklifts, cranage and automation
    • Energy management
  • Renewable energy
  • Case studies
  • Actions Checklist
  • Your next steps


Publication date February 2019; Publication code CTV073.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further information

The Carbon Trust has the following sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support and energy assessments for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services for small to medium enterprises to find out how we can help.

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