Sparring for Nike's new European distribution centre

The Context
Athletes push themselves toward higher and higher levels of performance. They want to achieve that breakthrough moment, their personal best. That’s how Nike approaches sustainable business. It’s not just about getting better at what they do – addressing impacts throughout our supply chain – it’s about striving for the best, creating value for the business and innovating for a better world.

The Challenge

Nike invested in a new Europe’s distribution centre in Ham (50,000 m2 site). To make it have the lowest environmental negative impact.

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The Trajectory
Nike has implemented different sustainable solutions and alternatives:

  • The Nike European Logistics Campus sources electricity from five locally generated renewable energy sources, which means the campus uses 100% renewable energy. A geothermal energy system with seasonal storage of cold/warm groundwater is supplemented with wind, solar, small hydro and biomass energy.

  • The high bay is self-supported by the storage racks. By not constructing a building in the traditional sense, the facility was built at reduced cost and with less waste.

  • Natural light provided by many windows, combined with a unique daylight capture system and smart, automated LED lighting combines to reduce electricity costs, reduce environmental impact and provide a more productive workplace.

  • Vehicles that serve within the facility or transport employees are designed for minimum impact on the environment.

  • Employees who commit to commute to work by bike at least 50% of the time are provided with a free bike. Employees who live further than 15km from the site are provided with an electric bike. A one-of-a-kind, electric powered ‘Yardhog’ designed by the campus staff serves the nearby container park. The vehicles use bio-fuel made from waste streams.

  • An integrated closed loop water strategy focuses on water efficiency, storm/discharge water buffering, infiltration and recycling.

The new distribution centre and all its sustainable implementations

The new distribution centre and all its sustainable implementations

Results & Resolutions
Nike’s newly expanded European Logistics Campus sources energy from its surrounding landscape — from five locally generated renewable energy sources, including six 150-meter-high wind turbines (enough to power 5,000 households) and solar panels with a surface area equivalent to three soccer fields.

Additionally, more than 95% of waste generated on-site is recycled and transportation routes to and from the campus have been optimized to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%, underscoring Nike’s commitment toward building the supply chain of the future.

Futureproofed is very honored and proud to have been part of the core team since day 1.


“Our facilities in Belgium are a pinnacle example of how sustainable innovation is embedded into Nike’s growth strategy, which enables us to maximize our performance while minimizing our footprint. The success of this expansion is a result of excellent teamwork, with great cooperation from local and national governments, and support from many partners and the local community.”

— Bert Stevens, Vice President - Europe Operations at Nike


Country: Belgium
Client: NIKE
Sector: Logistics & Distribution
Services: Sparring, coaching; Sustainable storytelling
Year: 2016

Partners: Jasper-Eyers, Arcadis