Making our business operation more sustainable
The UN Sustainable Development Goals form an important guideline for making our business operation more sustainable. We are actively working on improving our own CO2 footprint and thus reducing the environmental effects on our surroundings.
Our ambition: CO2-neutral energy use in 2025
We are continuously working on making our energy policy more sustainable, for example by purchasing sustainably generated electricity and bringing in large numbers of solar panels. At our Eelde and Aalsmeer locations we receive a Stimulating Sustainable Energy Production (SDE) subsidy to help finance this. This allows us to generate a total of 9MW, entirely for our own use. We are striving for CO2-neutral energy use in 2025 and thus to support the SDG 7 Ensure sustainable and affordable energy and SDG 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change.
For our zero waste 2020 ambition, we are making our waste flows available for reuse as they can be valuable for other organisations. Together with our partner Milgro, market leader in independent waste and raw materials management, we are making the waste management of our organisation more sustainable. The transition to a circular economy brings waste management to a new, higher level. Our aim is an auction without waste and the highest possible reuse of raw materials.
The demand for sustainably traded products and the sustainable use of materials, including transport packaging, continues to increase. Royal FloraHolland is undertaking various activities in response:
- With our participation in the KIDV branch sustainability plans, we are comparing our sustainable strategy with experts from the market. This will strengthen our policy and lead to new insights and innovations.
- By sharing information on the environmental performance of the plant trays, we help the users (both growers and customers) to choose the most sustainable transport packaging.
- At the beginning of 2018, we launched a chain initiative from our managerial role. We are developing the most sustainable and efficient standard together with our stakeholders. Without the participation of our stakeholders and chain partners, an effective policy is not possible.
- Advising and stimulating the market to use the most sustainable packaging.
- We are striving to increase product recycling.
Creation of internationally accepted standard for environmental footprint
Consumers and retailers are demanding more sustainably produced horticultural products, which increases the demand for environmental footprint calculations. In the horticultural sector, there is not yet a standard method for this. That is why we initiated a project together with GroentenFruit Huis and Wageningen Economic Research with the aim to create a uniform standard acceptable to the chain for environmental footprint calculations of horticultural products. We are striving for international acceptance of the method. This will allow us in the near future to meet the needs of the sector, the government and retailers consistently and completely.