Global delivery service company DHL has unveiled a new “sustainable” $17 million facility set to be built at Brisbane Airport by 2023.
Announced at a ceremony on Monday, the new 4,880-square metre facility will accommodate the growing demand for cold chain perishables and will support the growth of general cargo in Queensland, the services company said in a statement.
The multi-million-dollar investment will span over 10 years.
DHL said the Brisbane Airport location was chosen as it offers air side access and is close to the Port of Brisbane.
“The expansion of our facilities at Brisbane airport reflects the tremendous growth in exports, especially perishable food,” said George Lawson, managing director, DHL Global Forwarding Australia.
“Brisbane’s economy is predicted to surge by 2031 and with this new facility, we are ready to support our customers’ growth.”
Perishable food delivery has seen a major uptick in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, and aviation companies have been quick to respond.
In February, Google Wing Drones announced it would start flying KFC to homes and offices in Logan, Queensland to rival Uber Eats and Deliveroo. The company currently delivers perishable goods to customers, like coffees and sandwiches, which weigh less than 1.5 kilograms.
The new facility is also set to attain a five green star rating according to the Green Building Council of Australia, DHL said.
In response to ongoing movements towards sustainable operations, especially within aviation, DHL released an accelerated roadmap in March 2021 to achieve climate neutral logistics.
DHL is investing €7 billion until 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within its operations, and also hopes to use a blend of 30 per cent sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in all its aircraft by the end of the decade.
In line with the roadmap, the Brisbane Airport facility will feature solar panels, reusable batteries to power most warehouse operations, rainwater harvesting and EV charging stations. The company is also slated to introduce carbon offsetting and insetting for a carbon neutral supply chain.
“A lot of thought went into the design of the new operation. It will assist our customers’ trade efficiently. It is also a sustainable facility to help our customers achieve a greener supply chain,” Lawson added.