DB Schenker has opened a new, highly sustainable cargo terminal in Finland for the Tampere region. With this terminal, which is located in nearby Lempäälä, DB Schenker is significantly expanding its green distribution services in Finland. Five fully electric trucks will soon begin operating in Lempäälä and serve Tampere’s city centre. Except in winter, the energy needed to recharge the vehicles in the fleet will be provided by the company’s own solar power plant.
“The new Tampere terminal underscores our leadership role in making logistics more and more environmentally friendly,” says Cyrille Bonjean, Head of Land Transportation for DB Schenker Region Europe. “The fact that we actually produce our own solar energy for the fleet in Lempäälä makes our case even more compelling.”
The solar power plant at the terminal has a surface area of 1,750 sq m, a rated output of 250kWp, and an estimated annual yield of 200MWh. The terminal building will also use geothermal energy and other sustainable solutions such as green asphalt, LED lighting, and airtight loading docks. In addition, DB Schenker has become a climate partner of the Tampere region for the establishment of a carbon-neutral Tampere.
“Pirkanmaa is the second largest region in Finland and home to one out of every ten Finns,” says Petteri Nurmi, CEO of Schenker Oy. “With this larger terminal, the regional capital Tampere will now play an increasingly important role in DB Schenker’s network, as we will be able to grow with our customers and offer more versatile logistics solutions. Pirkanmaa has long been a strong region for us in terms of warehousing, and we are now exploring a hub-type operating model for domestic and European transport at the terminal in Lempäälä.”
The terminal will combine operations from Tampere and Hämeenlinna. It has a total area of nearly 18,000 sq m, with 12,000 sq m of heated space and 3,900 sq m of unheated loading space in an outdoor hall. The new facility employs approximately 340 people, including those who work for the carriers.