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Introducing Car-Sharing at Campus Contern

Company profile

Campus Contern offers 16,000 m2 of office space for rent. There are five buildings in which around 450 people from 34 different companies work. The aim of Campus Contern is to provide innovative co-working spaces in terms of sustainable development and the well-being of their occupants.

Idea

Improving sustainable mobility

Campus Contern strongly encourages its tenants to favour public transport servicing the area as well as car-pooling to reduce their carbon footprint.

The idea behind this initiative is to encourage employees to take public transport to and from the business park, by providing them with the necessary flexibility once they are on site. Tenants have the option of hiring a shared electric car during the day for both private and business appointments.

This initiative aims to provide flexible mobility while helping to protect the environment. The company hopes to inspire other companies to follow suit and promote sustainable mobility.

Design

Sustainable mobility made easy : Car-Sharing via smartphone

The Car-Sharing system is accessible via a mobile app. The idea of introducing a car-sharing scheme for tenants was first put forward during a strategic discussion. Campus Contern is keen to promote the latest vehicles available on the market and, in this case, to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles at attractive rates.

For this project, Campus Contern did not want to manage the vehicle itself, so it is working with an external partner who will manage the vehicle, take care of maintenance and washing, handle usage and bookings, and much more.

Mise en œuvre

The effectiveness of Car-Sharing in our office space

A number of companies available on the market were compared. “Moovee” was chosen for its ease of access via the mobile application and its competitive rates, as well as for the possibility of customising the car to their image.

Once the decision had been taken to install this service, it was quickly put in place. Campus Contern first defined the parking space that would be reserved for the Moovee vehicle. Then they informed the tenants of the new service, and finally Moovee took care of the delivery and personalisation of the car.

The uptake of the service within the complex has been gradual, but thanks to information sessions, detailed explanations of how it works, along with welcome packs and advertisements on our digital screens, we’ve managed to promote its use within our community of corporate tenants.

Result

A gradual uptake of Car-Sharing

The uptake of the service has been gradual, as many tenants already have their own cars on site. Gradually, the move to use the car-sharing service has increased, indicating that information and awareness-raising are essential to promote this service within our community of corporate tenants.

Successful electrification of the DHL Express fleet

Company profile

DHL Express is one of the largest players in the mail order business in Luxembourg. Its core business is the delivery of parcels in a wide variety of areas.

The company currently employs 110 people in the Contern business park. The daily delivery tours of 40 to 250 km throughout the country are organised internally. The main building houses the administrative area and the logistics hall for loading and unloading the vehicles.

Idea

Decarbonisation of the vehicle fleet

The DHL Group is pursuing very ambitious objectives on an international level to decarbonise the entire company and position itself for the future. As part of the GoGreen Plus initiative, the Group is working to achieve these goals. The large vehicle fleet and the many kilometres covered for deliveries represent significant potential for optimisation.

Design

Cooperation with a leasing company and car manufacturers

DHL works with a leasing company and the car manufacturers Ford and Mercedes for the provision of their vans. These vehicles were specially modified by the above-mentioned manufacturers to meet the company’s specific requirements.

By using a load management system, a solution was found to optimise the use of the limited electrical connected load that is available. The 23 vehicles have to be charged in the evenings and at night so that deliveries can be made during the day without additional charging times.

Implementation

Integration of electromobility and adaptation of logistical procedures

To prepare for the deployment of new electric vehicles in 2021, charging stations were installed at the company’s depots. Over a period of about nine months, all vans with combustion engines were replaced by electrically powered vans. In a final step, the employees were trained on how to properly handle these new vehicles.

The challenges of the project were, on the one hand, the sometimes very long delivery times of the new vehicles (the originally planned rapid implementation of the project was therefore not feasible) and, on the other hand, controlling the maximum electrical connected load in such a way that the charging of the vehicles could be guaranteed on a daily basis.

Results

A photovoltaic system for charging the vehicles

The company is satisfied about the successful completion of the project to decarbonise their delivery fleet. This project will be further complemented by other initiatives:

  • installation of a photovoltaic system at the premises in Contern to offset the consumption of the electric vehicle fleet,
  • electrification of the management vehicle fleet,
  • launch of an internal communication campaign to encourage employees to switch to electric cars.

Ceratizit – Solar carport with integrated charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

Company profile

The CERATIZIT Group is a leading developer and manufacturer of hard material solutions for cutting tools and wear protection.

At its headquarters in Mamer, the company develops and manufactures highly specialised cutting tools, cutting inserts, hard material rods and wear parts.

The engineering group employs 7,000 people, including 1,200 in Luxembourg.

Idea

Addition of a Solar carport

As part of the company’s sustainability strategy, a solar carport was constructed. The project provides a combined solution for generating photovoltaic energy and providing an electric charging infrastructure for company and private vehicles.

An added benefit of the project’s design is the added protection for cars in the outdoor parking lot.

Design

Deploying a green strategy with the help of Enerdeal

Ceratizit commissioned Enerdeal to install, operate and finance the carport as part of the group’s ambitious green strategy.

The structural design is based on rammed metal pile foundations (up to 6 m deep). The panels face south.

After 15 years of operation, the ownership of the system will be transferred to Ceratizit, providing for at least an additional 15 years of solar production.

As for financial aid, the company participated in a call for tenders to obtain a “market premium” (guaranteed minimum price) for the reinjection of electricity into the grid for 15 years. In terms of project regulations, a building permit has been obtained from the local authority.

Implementation

12 months to project completion

The total duration of the project amounted to around 12 months, with the actual construction phase taking no more than 4 months. The work was divided between the construction of the carport, with the integration of the photovoltaic system by Enerdeal, and the installation of the charging stations by Elco. The operation of the plant will be guaranteed by a financing subsidiary between Enerdeal and Sudstroum, named “Sudsolar Energy Invest2”. The project entails an investment of 1.8 million euros.

Results

Electricity injected directly into the grid

The project to install an electricity generation system in combination with a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles can be summarized by the following key figures:

  • 100% electric energy fed back into the grid
  • Approx. 442 parking spaces (10% electromobility)
  • Installed capacity of 1,320 kWp, i.e. 3,520 panels of 375 Wp each
  • Parking space of 6,200 m2 (covered)
  • Annual production of 1,400 MWh in 2022, i.e. around 638 tonnes of CO2 saved per year
  • charging points for electric vehicles

2 types of charging station: 11 kW for semi-fast charging and 60 kW for fast charging.

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