Logistikzentrum mit Photovoltaik auf dem Dach

Green Logistics

New standard: economic and ecological aspects combined
Rolf Zarnekow Aquila Capital team member
Rolf Zarnekow
Co-CEO, Aquila Sustainable Infrastructure

It is now more than sensible for investors to observe sustainability criteria not only from an ethical and ecological point of view but also from an economic one.
1,248 m EUR
transaction volume [TIC based]*
1,070,000 sqm
rentable area
*TIC = Total invested capital; as at: 31.12.2022


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Aquila Capital announces first close of Southern European Logistics Fund

• Aquila Capital Southern European Logistics fund focuses on newbuilt, stable income-generating sustainable and ESG compliant logistics properties in…

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Aquila Capital makes great strides in developing Green Logistics projects in Portugal, Italy and Spain

• Green Logistics by Aquila Capital started the construction of a 115,000 square metres warehouse in Azambuja, Portugal and a 51.600 square metres…

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Aquila Capital enters Portuguese real estate market with 115.000 m² development of green logistics properties in Lisbon

20/08/2019 - Aquila Capital is entering the Portuguese real estate market with the development of 115,000 square meters of logistics properties in…

Green Logistics combines economical and ecological aspects

Sustainability criteria should be the standard for all buildings, including logistics properties, as they can be developed to be climate-neutral, sustainable, efficient, and even energy-generating.

Although economic growth has slowed across Europe, the demand for logistics space is increasing: one reason is the continued growth in e-commerce. At the same time, however, the supply of modern, large-scale storage space at prime locations is limited. The result: low vacancy rates and rising rents. We are therefore concentrating our investments on long-term leased respectively leasable logistics properties in the growth markets of Spain, Portugal, and Italy. For investors, sustainability criteria are often decisive for real estate investments and offer economic advantages. Through our sister company Green Logistics, Aquila Group is developing sustainable logistics sites in Southern Europe.

Our Green Logistics strategy includes:

  • planning of solar PV panels on the rooftops
  • green building certification (e.g. BREEAM)
  • carbon offsetting through KlimaInvest Green Concepts.


The development of green logistics properties in European Core/Core-Plus regions offers investors attractive returns. Our specialised team in Madrid and Hamburg have more than 85 years of experience in the logistics industry with a development and acquisition track record of > EUR 700 million. Thanks to the secured pipeline, investors have direct access to lucrative investment properties in a very fast-growing market.

(1) As at 31.12.2022

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Tortona Green Logistics Park in Northern Italy

Andrea Menechini, Senior Development Manager at Aquila Capital, introduces the first warehouse of our project Tortona Green Logistics Park in Northern Italy. Aquila Capital‘s first logistics project in Italy convinces with the implementation of sustainable and energy efficient measures throughout the whole construction.

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Logistics development in Illescas, Spain

María José Esparraga, Construction Manager and Julia García, Project Manager at Aquila Capital, show the current construction development of Illescas Green Logistics Park’s first warehouse, which is estimated to be completed in Q1 2022.  

Illescas Green Logistics Park is our first logistic project in Spain and comprises six plots of land with a total area of 472,879 sqm, to develop logistic projects by implementing sustainable, energy-efficient building practices with photovoltaic panels installed on the entire rooftop and will feature carbon offsetting measures.

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Green Logistics in Southern Europe – Realising sustainable growth potential

Learn more about the investment potential in the Southern European Logistics market in our webinar. Our panel of industry experts share their views on the investment opportunity in combination with the importance of ESG and other environmental considerations. Rolf Zarnekow, Head of Real Estate at Aquila Capital is discussing the market conditions with Reno Cardiff, Head of Capital Markets Business Space Spain at Cushman & Wakefield and João Almeida, Head of Projects & Processes at Sonae MC Logistics.

The panel covers broad topics on the investment case including the assessment of the micro-and macroeconomic environment and the implications for the end-user.

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