How does Royal FloraHolland make the marketplace more sustainable?18 June 2019
The sustainability mission of Royal FloraHolland is a future-proof floriculture industry, in which flowers and plants are grown and traded with respect for people and the environment. Making the process more sustainable also presents opportunities. The demand for sustainable products continues to increase and growers can distinguish themselves from others by responding to this market demand.
With regard to our sustainability ambitions the "Sustainability Development Goals (SDG's) of the UN are our guidelines. We chose and named seven of these goals for 2019. There is much to tell; I will limit myself to two subjects, namely Energy and Packaging", said Royal FloraHolland's Sustainability Manager Piet Briët.
CO2-neutral energy consumption in 2025
"One of the big themes that are prominent within the industry, and in our marketplace as well, is energy transition. I'm referring to the phasing out of fossil fuels and the reduction of CO2 emissions in favor of sustainable alternatives. For our type of business the CO2 footprint is more or less equal, as in 1 on 1, to our energy consumption. After the zero measurement, we will work on an energy transition plan with a CO2-neutral energy consumption in 2025 as one of the goals."
In order to realize this we have taken the following first steps:
- Action plan for the reduction of energy consumption
- Signing a new (green) power supply contract - This enables us to purchase sustainably generated electricity.
- The installation of large solar panels on our roofs - We've used the SDE subsidies received for installing large solar panel installations. In this way our roofs will pay for the generated solar power. This year we will make the roof of the Eelde location 'green'; the roofs of the Aalsmeer and Rijnsburg locations will follow in 2020. As far as our Naaldwijk location is concerned, we expect the result regarding the subsidy allocation in July.
- Geothermal heat - We will explore the options for connecting to geothermal and residual heat in Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk
Reversing the single-use of plastic packaging
"Another big theme is the packaging throughout our chain. Within the entire range of packaging single-use plastic packaging plays a big role. In order to reduce this type of packaging, and use it in a better, smarter and more sustainable way, we have signed the Plastic Pact, together with 75 other leading businesses."
- In order to realize our ambitions of making transport packaging more sustainable, we have taken the following first steps:
- To encourage the use of multi-use plant trays we have reduced the rental prices per 1 January 2019.
- We are actively searching for new raw materials for packaging to ensure being less dependent, in the future, on non-renewable raw materials, such as petroleum.
- The introduction of the new and efficient Fc588 flower bucket ensures a higher load factor, lower chain costs and less CO2 emissions.
- The commissioning of independent life cycle analyses to be able to offer the most sustainable transport packaging.
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Piet Briët concludes his story: "The sustainable innovations that take place and the speed of price drops make this work almost always positive and competitive. The transition to a more sustainable economy is therefore not that far off. I would like to invite you to view our new Sustainability pages."