The urban investor with EUR 18 billion of assets under management NREP is to build the world’s first net zero logistics facility to reach net zero across operational and embodied carbon and without external off-setting in Bålsta, 50 km outside Stockholm in Sweden.The project is the first of three ‘earthshot’ projects launched by NREP – the second being a residential development and the third an office retrofit – that will act as learning labs as NREP advances towards its ambitious target of becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2028, without external offsets.To follow the project as it progresses, please visit our project page: Triple Zero – Planning our first decarbonized logistics facilityA staggering 40% of global CO2 emissions come from the built environment. Delivering the world’s first logistics building with net zero emissions chimes with the core thesis of this year’s COP27, the UN’s annual global climate summit, which is to move beyond pledges towards implementation and taking action to urgently reduce carbon emissions.Embodied carbon has been designed out from each element of the 20,000 sqm building, and the carbon neutrality will be achieved during the building’s lifecycle:In a first for a logistics property, low-carbon materials create reduction potential of circa 60% compared to typical logistics buildings. The biggest reduction levers lay in the structure of the roof and walls, adding up to half of the CO2The team will replace traditional steel walls and roofs with a cross-laminated timber structure and façade. This will be coupled with a new type of organic insulation that binds more CO2 than it emits during the production process.At the foundation, NREP will use green cement which enables circa 30% CO2 reduction compared to a typical warehouse foundation.To reach net-zero the team includes the carbon sink qualities of timber and other organic materials. Lifetime CO2 emissions are brought down with a disassembly design principle, ensuring a high re-use factor of biogenic materials, preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere by end of life.Net zero operational carbon will be achieved by utilising 100% renewable green electricity. During the operational phase, there is a potential to become “energy positive”, using bespoke solar, heat pump and battery storage solutions to return surplus energy back to the grid.