Operating a modern distribution center requires a lot of energy. Increasing efficiency in your facility can achieve dramatic cost savings. EDF has identified several opportunities to reduce energy in distribution centers.

Getting oriented

The first step toward a greener warehouse, is learning where your facility can benefit most from efficiency upgrades. During an audit, a trained professional will evaluate your operation and provide recommendations and rebate opportunities. Free or reduced-cost energy audits are available to many facilities with over $200,000 in annual energy spend or spending more than $0.10/kWh.  Once an energy audit is conducted, you can better determine the cost/benefit of implementing each best practice.

Below, we have listed examples of energy-saving opportunities with payback of two years or less.  See EDF’s full list of warehouse best practices.

 Top Priority Warehouse Energy Efficiency Opportunities   (Immediate-2 year payback)

1. Participate in demand response programs
2. Shut off exhaust fans in unoccupied spaces
3. Implement regular HVAC maintenance

High Priority Warehouse Energy Efficiency Opportunities   (2-4 year payback)

1. De-lamping in conjunction with biannual lamp cleaning 
2. Install HVAC control/energy information systems
3. Cold storage door upgrades and insulation


Learn how this EDF Climate Corps fellow successfully implemented warehouse efficiency measures at his host company.


Eric Shrago, adidas Group’s 2014 EDF Climate Corps fellow

The adidas Group enlisted EDF Climate Corps fellow Eric Shrago to investigate energy efficiency opportunities in their distribution facilities. From his observations, the adidas Group created a set of guidelines for new distribution center construction. While every distribution center is different, Eric’s findings have relevance across the warehousing and logistics industry; even small improvements can have significant carbon and cost reductions at scale. The adidas Group is applying these practices across their 15 million square feet of owned and leased distribution space globally, and sharing key practices with their contract logistics providers around the world.

To read the full case study, click here.