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Nike Unveils Its Most Sustainable Distribution Center

Nike’s latest expansion enables the brand to better serve customers across, Nike retail and wholesale partners in 38 countries, all from a single—and sustainable—inventory location.

The company unveiled the expansion of its European Logistics Campus in Belgium, a state-of-the-art centralized distribution network in the center of Europe enhanced by a fleet of sustainable features and initiatives. Nike says the investment allows the company to serve a vast network of retailers and consumers not just on the continent, but across the world.

The facility, located just outside of Antwerp, uses 100 percent renewable energy, and sources energy from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. Six wind turbines on-site produce enough electricity to power 5,000 households, and the on-site solar panels cover the size of three soccer fields. Natural light and automated LED lighting help reduce environmental impact and costs.

The distribution center, which is fed by an infrastructure of canals, railways and highways, was carefully designed to expand while supporting biodiversity. For example, sheep will help naturally maintain the landscaping, and on-site beehives will contribute to biodiversity through the pollination of flowers around the facility and in the local area.

“Our facilities in Belgium are a pinnacle example of how sustainable innovation is embedded into Nike’s growth strategy, which enables us to maximize our performance while minimizing our footprint,” said Bert Stevens, Nike Europe vice president of supply chain operations, in a statement. “The success of this expansion is a result of excellent teamwork, with great cooperation from local and national governments, and support from many partners and the local community.”