Coffee with Craig Show – daily CRE news covering the CEE region, Friday, September 23, with Winston Norman, Editor and Chief of EuropaProperty.com.
NREP launches Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods programme
C40 is joining forces with NREP to launch the Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods programme that will make urban areas more sustainable, equitable and liveable.
The programme will deliver proof of concept for “15-minute city” policies and empower cities around the globe to implement ambitious net-zero and people-centred neighbourhoods.
Compact and resource-efficient cities, with co-location of residences and jobs, mixed land use and good access to public transport, can help cut urban emissions by around 25%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
C40 Executive Director Mark Watts said: “The 15-minute city helps to realize an ‘ecological society’ that urban residents and their leaders strive for.”
NREP CEO and Partner Claus Mathisen said: “As much as 60-70 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions come from cities, so the quest for greener urban solutions is urgent.”
IKEA, Volvo Trucks and Raben Group join forces in Poland to accelerate zero-emission transport
IKEA Industry, Volvo Trucks, and Raben Group have signed a joint agreement on zero-emission heavy transport in Poland. IKEA will introduce heavy electric Volvo trucks for internal transport flows at two IKEA Industry factories in Poland, which will be operated by Raben Group.
The learnings from this pilot scheme will be used for the electrification of transport operations on a larger transport network scale.
The trucks will be charged at the IKEA Industry production facilities using renewable electricity from an external source. The first electric truck will begin operation during autumn and the plan is to expand the fleet based on the learnings from the pilot.
“This project enables us to explore and learn about the challenges and opportunities in the deployment of electric transport operations at scale and its interdependencies in a larger transport network”, says Małgorzata Dobies-Turulska, Managing Director of IKEA Industry Zbąszynek.
Piotr Banasiak, Managing Director at Raben Transport, added. ”The future of electrified heavy transport starts today.”
“This project will give us valuable insights and constitutes a good basis for an extended collaboration in the future,” says Robert Grozdanovski, SVP Europe Central East & East, Volvo Trucks.
Sirin Development plans next major industrial project in Riga
Industrial real estate developer Sirin Development is completing the last stage of the Rumbula Logistics Park project and continuing its expansion in Riga, the company plans to set up the most modern logistics complex in the Baltic region near the airport in the Latvian capital.
On completion, Rumbula Logistics Park will bring a total leasable area of over 80,000 sqm. The total investment in the park will amount to €50 million.
Ambitious expansion plans in Riga. Sirin Development plans to continue expanding in the Latvian capital. The has acquired a 39-ha site near the city’s international airport. And is planning to build a 180,000 sqm warehouse complex involving investments of more than €100 million.
“Our plans are for the most modern, sustainable, and largest Baltic logistics park with a single owner. We’re confident that the new project will meet clients’ growing needs and create favourable conditions for businesses’ logistics and warehousing activities,” Laurynas Kuzavas, the CEO of Sirin Development commented.
Fera renews and expands its cooperation with Prologis
Fera.pl, an online pet store, has renewed and expanded its lease to 9,100 sqm of warehouse and office space in Prologis Park Wrocław. The tenant was represented by Newmark Polska.
Fera has been present in the Polish market since 2014. Fera also operates online stores in other countries, including Germany, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed shopping patterns,” said Jakub Kurek, Head of Industrial and Warehouse, Newmark Polska.