Logistics facilities take up a sizeable amount of space. With the reality of an ever increasing e-economy, urban logistics requires more and more space in key positions near city centres, where land is scarce and traffic and pollution are denser than in other areas.
The transformation of natural, agricultural or forest areas into urbanised land is known as ‘soil artificialisation’. At Goodman, we are well-aware that this artificialisation of soils calls into question the relations between humans, their communities and nature and that it can cause harm to biodiversity.
That is why we see it as our duty to reduce land consumption by our logistics space: building upwards, rather than outwards, reduces the pressure placed on an already limited urban space. We constantly work on innovative solutions to be able to enter gateway cities where land is scarce, while minimising land consumption.
We understand that having the right property in the right location is important for our customers. They need to be close to consumers and other key infrastructure in order to be efficient. Our strategy is therefore to acquire lands close to urban populations, because by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in cities.
Because the minimisation of land consumption is one of the key components in our sustainable business vision, we have developed strong expertise in the following areas: