One of the key starting points in the design of the terminal was sustainability. Choices were made for a very high degree of automation and sustainable methods of inland transportation.
In order to be the greenest terminal of its kind, RWG's buildings are energy-neutral due to the use of triple glass, thermal storage, ceiling and floor heating as well as high-quality materials.
The function of the buildings has been leading for their shape. The buildings were built in an austere architectural style that closely meets the degree of efficiency at which the terminal operates. These freshly designed buildings allow staff and equipment to operate in the most efficient, sustainable and safest manner possible.
The process of the loading/discharging of containers and the transport movements on the terminal have been automated to a high degree, resulting in a reduction of the internal transport. By doing so, the RWG container terminal has boosted efficiency and reduced its carbon footprint to a minimum. This marks the greatest extent of automation ever accomplished on a container terminal.
All the cranes and all the vehicles on the terminal run on electricity. This minimises CO2 emissions.
Container transport by rail or over inland waterways has less environmental impact than transport by road. The RWG container terminal has its own dedicated barge/feeder quay and an on-dock rail terminal with six tracks. Ultimately, 65% of all containers that either originate from or are destined for the hinterland will make their way by rail or barge.