E-commerce: a sustainable charter for logistics players

The State has just signed a six-year commitment charter with around thirty logistics real estate players. This aims to build warehouses that are both “more environmentally efficient, economically relevant and better able to meet the needs of the regions”.

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The charter received the signature of Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition, Emmanuelle Wargon, Minister Delegate in charge of Housing, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, for the government. As well as by Claude Samson, president of Afilog, association of players in logistics real estate. The text was produced by Anne-Marie Idrac, President of France Logistique, and Gilles de Margerie, General Commissioner of France Stratégie, in consultation with the players in the sector.

The charter, available on the website of the Ministry of Ecology, is organized into ten commitments, affecting both consumer information and packaging issues. Through environmentally friendly devices for warehouses and delivery devices, and the implementation of a follow-up of sustainability efforts.

Through this charter, logistics players undertake in particular to cover 50% of their roofs with photovoltaic panels, to favor installations on existing wastelands, to infiltrate 100% of the river water as close as possible to their place of fall, or to plant country hedges on at least 50% of their property lines. The actors also undertake to carry out an ecological study for projects of more than 20,000 square meters, and this even before the administrative authorization.

In return, the State undertakes to support stakeholders in achieving their commitments, in particular when examining the application for environmental authorization. An inventory of wastelands will also be made available to the sector, while the law applicable to project promoters will be clarified, paradoxically made more obscure by the law on the simplification of public action (known as ASAP). The State also undertakes to initiate regional logistics conferences by the end of 2021.

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“Fevad welcomes the signing of the Charter”, indicates the federation of online sales. “Our role is to promote the Charter to all the companies concerned. Fevad supports and will continue to support all initiatives aimed at meeting the legitimate expectations of fellow citizens in favor of a fairer ecological transition while guaranteeing the competitiveness of companies “.

This charter comes a few weeks after a parliamentary standoff over online warehouses. Senators wanted projects not occupying existing brownfields to be subject to additional controls. Fevad had denounced a “disguised moratorium” on warehouses, which would cause more harm to French portals than to foreign giants, the real targets of the amendment. Amendment which was finally withdrawn by the joint committee in July.

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