SHIPPING container company Royal Wolf is building a new facility at Kooragang Island in Newcastle; construction is slated to be complete in August.

The new facility is to feature several important sustainability measures.

Royal Wolf Australia managing director Neil Littlewood said the company is committed to building a more sustainable society,

“The development of this new facility in Newcastle marks the future of Royal Wolf,” Mr Littlewood said.

“By implementing key sustainability measures we will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and help make a meaningful impact to reduce climate change. We also want to build a consistent model for our operations, across Australia and New Zealand, going forward.”

The new facility will by powered by a 61.2-kilowatt solar system. It will also feature a 20,000-litre water catchment and reticulation system, motion-sensor lighting, and landscaping using native Australian plants.

“The main focus for us is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Littlewood said.

 “By installing solar panels, energy efficient light bulbs and motion sensor lighting, we are better able to quantify our energy use.”

A statement from the company said the new facility would include infrastructure that allows for additional sustainability measures and future technology to be incorporated further down the track, such as electric vehicles.

“Although we don’t currently have electric vehicles, we’ve installed electric vehicle cabling to ensure we’re already set up when the time comes, so we don’t need to go back and dig up concrete or complete further work,” Mr Littlewood said.

“Our 61.2kW solar power system will produce 235 kW on average per day, realising a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The water catchment and reticulation will enable us to not only store and save water, but also harvest it for reuse throughout the facility.”

In addition, where possible, 5 Star Green rated sustainable materials will be used in the construction of the new facility.