Vice Director AFILOG
Can you tell us about AFILOG and its main activities ?AFILOG was created in 2001 with the aim of representing in a single entity all the different disciplines of the Supply Chain and logistics real estate. AFILOG therefore brings together all the people and businesses involved in the development of European logistics: retailers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, investors, developers, planners, port and rail infrastructure operators, real estate services (architects, environmental researchers, energy suppliers, property consultancies…..)
AFILOG bases the performance of its services through the shared experiences from specialists across all aspects of logistics who are directly involved in the activity and the big issues in the sector. Projects undertaken by Afilog in 2012/2013 include the Log&stat Monitor, the Urban White Book, pilot studies, proposals for the Presidential candidates, creation of a logistics management masters degree course, a contribution to the development of ICPE regulations and launching training courses. All of these projects illustrate the association’s aim to anticipate all the evolutions in the sector in order to best meet the increasingly specialised needs of logisticians.
What is the AFILOG Charter, how was it developed and how is it used today ?AFILOG, whose role is to promote the logistics of the future, follows best practice in the logistics sector and defines its scope around all aspects of the logistics hub. The expertise and cross-discipline approach of its members have contributed to this collaborative work through the Commission for sustainable development.
The objectives of this initiative: - to promote the image of the logistics sector through the commitment and involvement of its members in the building and operations of hubs.
- to adopt proactive procedures, which are ambitious but achievable and respect the environment without waiting for regulatory constraints.
- to increase awareness of the responsible procedures used by members in achievements or concrete actions of which administrations or local authorities may not be aware.
- to establish a common reference for all members.
The AFILOG Charter is aimed at all those involved in the design, construction and operation of logistics hubs: developer, architect, head of works, promoters, investors, operators, whether they are logistics providers, manufacturers or retailers. The process of sustainable development is only efficient if all the links in the supply chain are involved.
The Sustainable Development Charter encompasses the HQE process and goes much further: it also covers social aspects, for example through comfortable working conditions for employees. It also examines the economic issues: the financial management of a logistics hub must include global costs. It takes into account all the life stages of a logistics hub: establishment, design, construction, operation, transformation at the end of the initial life cycle (restoration and redevelopment) and final stages of use.
BARJANE has been a member of the association since 2007, what has been its commitment since then ?BARJANE joined us in 2007 and has collaborated closely with us within the Sustainable Development Commission to work on the AFILOG Charter. For over 2 years many members have joined together, at the heart of the commission, to create the first sustainable development charter for logistics hubs. What does it consist of? It is a list of best practice, designed to evolve over time and be enriched by feedback from AFILOG members. It provides a tool for anybody who want to develop a complete process:
• to choose the location of the logistics hub to encourage multimodality for example, managing consumption and pollution and on site integration with the immediate environment.
• to create the best possible working conditions (thanks to natural light, ensuring flexibility, safety and quality of interior ambiences, etc)
• to aim to achieve an objective of reducing carbon footprint by 15% the CO2 per m²
...are among the examples of the nearly 350 criteria contained in the charter.
BARJANE, with its group commitment to sustainable development has worked extensively within the committee, and also took part in the pilot projects which tested the charter framework on one of their buildings. In BARJANE’s case, it was a distribution centre under construction in Beauvais, for Parfums Givenchy.
What is the current situation of the association ?AFILOG a comme chaque année un stand à la SITL qui se déroulera du 26 au 28 Mars ;
As it has done every year, AFILOG has a stand at SITL which will take place from the 26th to the 28th of March.
The Association organises plenary conferences at the event and BARJANE will be invited to provide feedback on the following subjects:
What is the equation between rents and operating costs? With the pressures of rental and operating costs, which is the best way for logisticians to optimise the market offering?? BARJANE will join DHL, STeF, Gicram and Arthur Loyd Logistique for the discussion.