Green Logistics
New standard: economic and ecological aspects combined
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.
921m EUR
transaction volume [TIC based]*
967,167 sqm
rentable area
*TIC = Total invested capital; as at: 30.06.2021

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. 

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 31.12.2020

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Ninetynine seconds - Logistics investments in Spain, Italy and Portugal

After Germany, Great Britain and France, Italy and Spain are the 4th and 5th largest logistics markets in Europe. Their geographic locations within Europe enable them to supply the larger countries of the continent relatively quickly, assisted further by their strong infrastructure networks.

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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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