The logistics industry is resource intensive and potentially has a major impact on our environment. Over the years, Swire subsidiary Kalari has invested in technology and infrastructure to minimise this impact. Operating the business in the most efficient and sustainable way possible is one of Kalari’s highest priorities, and the company is in the process of taking the next step towards reducing its environmental footprint by installing solar panels.

Solar panel systems will be installed at four sites with the highest electricity consumption during 2015: Adelaide in South Australia, Portland in Victoria, and Moranbah and Gladstone in Queensland. The installation in Adelaide will be the largest privately funded array in South Australia.

The combined systems will have 1,003 solar panels which will generate 40-60 per cent of the sites’ electricity consumption, and reduce carbon emission by 168 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to removing 35 cars from our roads each year.

The solar panels will be installed during the first half of the year at Portland, Gladstone and Moranbah, followed by Adelaide later in the year.

This project is being partially funded by the Swire Sustainability Fund and is the first Australian project to obtain approval from the fund. The Swire Sustainability Fund is designed to enable Swire operating companies to pursue industry-leading technologies and practices and covers energy, biodiversity, social impact, waste, water, recycling, forestry and research.