TNT has opened its first CO2 emission-free depot, in Veenendaal, the Netherlands. While the depot is the first in a series of "green" buildings to be used by TNT as part of its worldwide environmental program, Planet Me, it won't be the last. The global mail and express delivery company aims to cut the CO2 emissions of all of its buildings, totaling three million square meters of real estate in more than 65 countries.
The exterior of the property in Veenendaal is designed to allow in as much daylight as possible, reducing the amount of artificial light required. More than 300 solar panels collect sunlight and convert it into energy. Water is pumped from the ground to heat and cool the building.
The depot was designed in close collaboration with the VolkerWessels construction company. Their concerted efforts led to creative solutions, including collecting rainwater for flushing eco-toilets and selecting low-energy coffee machines and recyclable furniture.
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