Mawdsleys, an independent pharmaceutical and medical supplies distributor, has officially opened its newly expanded third-party logistics (3PL) warehouse in Doncaster.
It was opened by Ed Miliband, Labor MP for Doncaster North and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.
The warehouse space has been doubled to 300,000 square feet, and significant environmental changes have also been made to the facility.
Environmental improvements include the installation of a rooftop array of 3,375 individual photovoltaic (PV) panels connected to a 39-tonne battery providing 2,600 kWh of storage, one of the largest such systems in the UK.
The goal is to cover two-thirds of the facilities’ annual electricity needs.
Miliband said: “I am delighted to be able to open the expanded Mawdsleys facility, which will mean more jobs and environmental improvements, including the installation of solar panels.
“It is important that companies show leadership in creating jobs for local people and are responsible stewards of our environment.”
William Sanders, group chief executive at Mawdsleys, added: “It was clear that we urgently needed additional space to support our customers serving the NHS and the UK pharmaceutical sector.
“As an industry leader – the largest independent supplier of medicines to the NHS – it is also important that we continue to lead on environmental issues.
“We are extremely grateful to Father Ed Miliband, whose attendance at the opening ceremony is testament to the Mawdsleys’ close relationship with the local community and our commitment to Doncaster.
In addition to storage solar panels and batteries, the activity also includes testing the E-Cool car trailer.
While most refrigerated trailers are powered by a diesel engine, E-Cool trailers are powered by electricity, reducing carbon dioxide and particulate emissions associated with transporting refrigerated products.
They contain an energy recovery system that, when the vehicle brakes, converts kinetic energy into electrical energy, which is stored and then used to power the refrigeration unit.
All Mawdsley trucks and light commercial vehicles are equipped with solar panels that power many vehicles’ electrical systems, reducing fuel consumption by up to 5%. The company’s vehicle fleet is currently predominantly electric, with the remaining few vehicles being plug-in hybrids.
The company’s goal is for all of its light commercial vehicles to become electric vehicles by 2030.
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