DGNB certification for L’Oréal distribution center: a role model for biodiversity

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A pair of skylarks nesting on the green roof. A natterjack and green toad habitat around a foil pond near the canteen. Sand lizards and wall lizards on the site, as well as over 30 bird species and the endangered green grasshopper. The area around the L’Oréal distribution center in Muggensturm near Karlsruhe has a unique biodiversity. For this reason, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) awarded it the DGNB gold certificate for outdoor spaces that promote biodiversity. The award ceremony was recently held at the Allianz Forum in Berlin. Drees & Sommer SE is a consultancy specializing in construction and real estate and provided comprehensive support for the project.

Ina Allmendinger, Junior EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) Manager at L’Oréal’s largest logistics center worldwide in Muggensturm, believes the award is proof that the company’s biodiversity strategy is working: “L’Oréal has a comprehensive biodiversity management guideline for all company sites. Our goal is for our sites and the buildings we operate to have a positive impact on biodiversity in their surroundings by 2030. In addition to climate protection, resource conservation, and minimizing water use, biodiversity is particularly important to us as it is crucial for preserving our ecosystems.”

Of course, L’Oréal’s goal is ambitious, explains Laura Lerner, Drees & Sommer auditor for outdoor spaces that promote biodiversity. However, she added: “The distribution center in Muggensturm shows that industry and nature don’t have to contradict each other and that good planning makes it possible to design outdoor spaces that are close to nature and promote biodiversity on site.”

The distribution center in Muggensturm was officially opened in 2019 after just one year of construction, meaning it has already been in operation for five years. With around 180,000 square meters of space, it is L’Oréal’s largest logistics center. 450 employees supply the German, Austrian and Swiss markets of the global market leader in the cosmetics industry from the center. L’Oréal is present in more than 150 countries with 37 brands. These include well-known names such as Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, La Roche Posay, and Redken. Products from the Consumer Products, Pharmacy Cosmetics and Professional Hairdressing divisions are delivered from Muggensturm. The investor and property owner of the center is Prologis, the world’s leading provider of logistics real estate.

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