Case study: The Moorebank Logistics Park – ‘Excellent’ IS Design Rating
The Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) is a vital piece of infrastructure for Australia and NSW that will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver a faster, simpler, and more cost-effective service.
The 243-hectare logistics park will feature Australia’s largest purpose-built warehouse and distribution precinct. The MLP will generate more than half of the energy required via solar power, servicing the latest automated technology which will see driverless shuttle carriers collect and transport containers around the precinct to be processed, unpacked and stored on site.
- 77%: The reduction of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2-e) over 40 years of operations via energy efficient design (electric forklifts, efficient lighting, and crane regenerative power) when compared to a business-as-usual freight delivery scenario
- 3MW: The first warehouse includes a 3MW solar array; with potential to be one of the largest single roof top solar installations in the southern hemisphere.
- 4Mt: The reduction of carbon dioxide by transporting containerised freight and removing thousands of heavy trucks from the nation’s roads.
The Moorebank Logistics Park
World First Innovation
The project achieved a world first in innovative technology within in design due to its high degree of automation. This includes automated gantry cranes, straddle carriers, sortation systems and terminal operating systems. Automation reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, enhances safety, minimizes environmental impacts, improving productivity and economic output.
An Australian first innovative process was awarded for the project’s design approach to manage Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects, with measures implemented to achieve a 4ºC decrease in temperature on the project site compared to neighbouring industrial developments.
The MLP represents the first example in Australia of UHI modelling and assessment, and the development and implementation of an integrated, targeted and goal-driven mitigation strategy for an intermodal terminal development in Australia. The approach is also unique in that it embeds the consideration of managing UHI effects at the design stage.
It is acknowledged that this rating achievement has been the result of an important partnership between Qube Holdings and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) which invested in the Moorebank project, worked alongside Qube to support the implementation of clean energy solutions at the development stage.
“We are proud to be working alongside Qube. Our goal was to help build Moorebank Logistics Park to a sustainability standard that Australia had not seen before, so we set ambitious targets – and then asked Qube to exceed them.” CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth congratulated Qube on its ISCA achievement.
“Qube’s success reflects its commitment to sustainability and demonstrates the possibilities for decarbonisation across even the most complex infrastructure operation. Infrastructure is considered a challenging sector to decarbonise, yet this project shows that it also offers great potential. Qube tapped into that potential to find many creative ways to lower its carbon emissions.”
Project Name: Moorebank Logistics Park
Location: Moorebank, NSW
Proponent: Qube Holdings Limited | Contractor Various
Certified Rating: Design – Excellent