Construction Planning and Sustainability

We handle the entire construction planning of the system, including the infrastructure and outdoor facilities.

Green Logistics by SSI Schäfer

Efficient warehousing optimizes energy consumption

When planning systems, we pay particular attention to ensuring that they are energy efficient and sustainable. We provide a complete package for turn-key logistics properties, which includes everything from the selection of the location to the architectural and structural planning as well as the optimal design of sustainable and energy-efficient systems and building technology.

Optimized energy consumption in your warehouse not only protects the environment, but simultaneously reduces overall operating and maintenance costs of the system and you can rest assured that your investments are secure over the long term.

Solid expertise and many years of experience allow SSI SCHAEFER to implement energy-efficient warehousing – as early as the planning stage of the logistics and the building. Thanks to our broad spectrum of services in intralogistics, we think in systems and comprehensive solutions that ensure efficient and sustainable success.

Energy Efficient from the Start

When designing and implementing an SSI SCHAEFER warehousing and order picking system, consideration to its energy efficiency is a standard given in the system planning stage. Among other things, this includes:

  • Path-optimized arrangement of the system parts

  • Use of energy-efficient components and drives

  • Lightweight design

  • Compact storage concepts

  • Use of efficiency-optimized drive unit versions

  • Drive power reduction with the use of dead load compensation

  • Friction minimization by suitable pairing of material

  • Switch-off on demand

  • Intelligent control of the SRM main axes

  • Energy recovery equipment

Green Building

Climate-neutral and economical use of energy can already be taken into account when planning a new logistics building. The SSI SCHAEFER services include not only green products, but also range from energy consulting and planning, certification and monitoring, and subsidy consulting.

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Energy efficiency in intralogistics

Green Building and Green Logistics

The following is a selection of areas in which we advise you and work with you to implement:

Use of regenerative energies

  • What are the options for photovoltaics, geothermal, or solar energy?


  • Are energy-saving lamps installed? Is there a presence monitoring solution in place?


  • Are there sensible supplements such as pellet heating, district heating from biogas plants, or black bodies?

Construction measures

  • Is an energy-optimized roof and facade design possible? Are the gates, doors, and locks adequately insulated?

  • How would selecting a compact storage solution affect the energy efficiency?

Real estate sustainability and green building are two priorities for us. At SSI SCHAEFER these aspects are known as Green Logistics. You receive building certifications with internationally recognized seals of quality for sustainability and energy-efficient construction from SSI SCHAEFER. Upon request, our experts certify the buildings to DGNB, LEED or BREEAM standards.

Depending on the technology used in a logistics building, electricity is needed to power work stations, ground conveyors, and other equipment, or also to cool the halls. In addition, areas for the infrastructure such as transformer stations for central and decentral charging points  also have to be set up. An effective energy concept can contribute to good logistics and construction planning and compensate for part of the electricity costs. In keeping with the principle “as much as necessary, as little as possible”, battery charging concepts or energy-optimized operation of the logistics equipment can provide considerable savings potential.

Compact goods storage follows the same aim: maximizing the storage density of the existing storage area can increase the storage capacity by more than 90%, or  reduce the surface area used by 40%. Operators benefit from this because both the greatest storage quantity and the reduced construction volume, along with lower building and cooling costs, will counterbalance the constant energy consumption of a temperature-controlled storage facility.

Furthermore, we also offer our customers an energy audit to EN 16247 standards as an evaluation of the existing real estate. We also help you to establish an energy management system and obtain certification as per ISO 50001. All these services pursue the goal of identifying and implementing energy saving optimizations for our customers. The effectiveness of these optimization measures is illustrated by their ROI calculations. We constantly assess these measures through repeating audits and effectively documenting the savings throughout the process.

Member of the Sustainability Initiative



We are Alliance Member of the Sustainability Initiative Blue Competence. Blue Competence is an initiative of the VDMA, for promoting and communication of sustainable solutions for the Mechanical Engineering Industry. By using the trademark “Blue Competence”, we commit ourselves to these twelve Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry.(

Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry:

Our comprehension of trendsetting sustainability is based on the principles of economic success, fairness, respect & responsibility and includes the dimensions of society, ecology & economy. We comprehend sustainable action in terms of the definition of the Brundtland-report1 and the definitions of the German “Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung“.

1. Sustainability is a crucial part of our company strategy.
2. We create solid business schemes with sustainable values and secure entrepreneurial success.
3. Our technologies and solutions promote worldwide sustainable developments.

4. Sustainable thinking and action are represented in our processes and products.
5. We act with consideration of resources and stand up for climate protection.
6. Our staff is our most valuable asset. We promote engagement and participation.
7. We stand up for keeping the human rights.

8. Our company is a habitat.
9. We take responsibility in our region.
10. We do, what we promise!

11. We actively cultivate the network with all participants.
12. We transparently communicate our sustainable action.

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