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PVH Europe Leaps Toward Renewable Energy Goals

PVH Europe, the global headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger and the European offices of Calvin Klein, both owned by PVH Corp., has installed what is believed to be the world’s most powerful operational solar roof at its state-of-the-art Warehouse and Logistics Center in Venlo, the Netherlands.

Generated by more than 48,000 solar panels, the solar roof covers the center’s electricity footprint, as well as indirectly providing 100 percent of all energy for PVH Europe’s warehouses, offices and stores in the Netherlands via the Dutch public power network. PVH Europe’s energy partner, Eneco, has certified that all energy needed to power these buildings is generated by the new rooftop installation.

The Venlo Warehouse and Logistics Center is owned by Heylen Warehouses, a Belgian logistics real estate company, in a joint venture with AG Real Estate. IZEN served as the technical installation partner for the roof.

PVH said this milestone marks another step in its journey to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for its offices, warehouses and stores, and to drive a 30 percent reduction in supply-chain carbon emissions by 2030. This work is linked to PVH’s science-based emissions target aligned with the most ambitious level of decarbonization as set out by the Paris Agreement. It is also one of the priorities outlined in the company’s Forward Fashion corporate responsibility strategy that aims to reduce negative impacts to zero, increase positive impacts to 100 percent and improve the more than 1 million lives across the company’s value chain.

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The Venlo warehouse is PVH Europe’s main distribution center covering 110,000 square meters. It has been awarded a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) sustainability rating of “Very Good.”

“This is an incredible milestone for our Warehouse and Logistics Center in Venlo and for PVH Europe’s sustainability journey,” Martijn Hagman, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe. “We have participated in the installation of what we believe is now the world’s most powerful, fully operational solar roof, a huge stride in our commitment to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and reduce supply chain emissions by 30 percent by 2030. This would not have been possible without a best-in-class team of such talented, passionate, and devoted PVH associates.”

At present, up to 600,000 pieces of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein product are distributed daily from the PVH Europe Warehouse and Logistics Center in Venlo to points of sale, including owned and operated stores in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and direct to customers. The warehouse’s Very Good rating by BREEAM incorporates exemplary standards for energy, water, transport, materials, waste, pollution, ecology, health and well-being. This is reflected through energy-efficient lighting in the entire space, the use of only Forest Stewardship Council-certified packaging and 100 percent recycling of all cardboard, plastics and printed material.

PVH is a member of RE100, the corporate renewable electricity initiative led by the Climate Group, and has committed to RE100 to procure all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.