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ESR Ichikawa Distribution Centre clinches one of Japan’s most prestigious awards for outstanding green design innovations
Written by BCCJ
October 30, 2020
ESR Cayman Limited (“ESR” or the “Group”; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform, announces that ESR Ichikawa Distribution Centre (“ESR Ichikawa DC”) has been awarded with the Chairman’s Award of the 19th Rooftop/Wall Greening Technology Contest by the Organisation for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure.
The prestigious award is recognition of ESR Ichikawa DC’s pioneering efforts to achieve positive impact on the environment and to enhance public awareness on environmental protection through greening by one of Japan’s leading green urban planning groups. Certified by the office of the Prime Minister of Japan, the Organisation bestows green awards annually to acknowledge outstanding work by corporations in creating a greener and more sustainable living environment.
Stuart Gibson, Co-founder and Co-CEO of ESR, said, “We are very pleased that the enormous efforts we continually make to inject a high level of innovative sustainable elements into every project we undertake have been met with such a significant recognition. Thanks to Ms. Mio Watanabe and her team for creating the green wall and the landscape for ESR Ichikawa DC, demonstrating the humancentric approach that ESR advocates. This great collaboration has resulted in a development that benefits a wide range of stakeholders.”
With a GFA of 225,007 sqm, ESR Ichikawa DC is one of the flagship developments in ESR’s Greater Tokyo portfolio. Built to the highest specifications of quality and integrated with sustainability initiatives, the four-storey facility features an impressive “green wall” which, as a sound-proofing barrier, shields tenants from noise and helps reduce urban heat-island effect while cleaning the air of pollutants and dust. Other sustainable design features introduced to the property include a rooftop 2 solar power plant, which generates over 1.89 MW of clean energy for the building and the community, that helps to reduce the carbon footprint.
“I am thrilled to have collaborated with the ESR team to take part in the development of ESR Ichikawa DC and together we have clinched this prestigious award. It sets an important benchmark for social and logistics infrastructure projects of the next generation. ESR’s concept of “human-centric design” was the central theme of our creation. This meaningful theme goes beyond onsite workers within the facility, and connects the property with the environment as well as the broader community and stakeholders around us,” said Mio Watanabe, CEO of Mio Watanabe Design Office, LLC. and landscape designer of ESR Ichikawa DC.
“At ESR, we will continue to leverage our industry-leading expertise and innovation to develop bestin-class logistics properties integrated with sustainability features. Our long-term commitment to ESG initiatives continues to add significant value to our customers and stakeholders,” added Mr. Gibson.
Established in 2013, the Organisation for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure is a national government organisation in Japan that seeks to contribute to the control of global warming and conservation of biodiversity by supporting individuals, businesses as well as public and private entities in a diverse range of initiatives connected to green urbanism.
A leader in modern logistics real estate in Japan and the APAC region, ESR is renowned for the high standards of sustainability performance of its premium logistics properties across the region. The Group has achieved recognition by global standards, including the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) in Japan, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in China, Japan and South Korea, GBCA Green Star in Australia, and BCA Green Mark in Singapore. ESR’s Bucheon Logistics Park in South Korea was the first logistics property in the APAC region to achieve Gold certification by WELL which is the world’s leading framework dedicated to transforming buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.
ESR is the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform by gross floor area (GFA) and by value of the assets owned directly and by the funds and investment vehicles it manages. Co-founded by its senior management team and Warburg Pincus, ESR and the funds and investment vehicles it manages are backed by some of the world’s preeminent investors including APG, SK Holdings, JD.com, CPP Investments, OMERS, PGGM and Ping An. The ESR platform spans across the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and India. As of 30 June 2020, the fair value of the properties directly held by ESR and the assets under management with respect to the funds and investment vehicles managed by ESR recorded approximately US$26.5 billion, and GFA of properties completed and under development as well as GFA to be built on land held for future development comprised 18.7 million sqm in total. ESR has been listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 1 November 2019. For more information on ESR, please visit www.esr.com.