One of the sustainable ambitions at Royal FloraHolland is achieving CO2-neutral energy consumption by 2025. Sustainability contributes to a future-proof marketplace and organisation. In order to achieve this, they have already taken important steps in early 2020 with the switch to 100% green electricity and the installation of solar panels.
The aim of all these activities is to reduce the size of the carbon footprint as much as possible.
Switching to 100% green electricity
As of 1 January 2020, Royal FloraHolland will be using 100% green electricity from European wind farms for their own operations. In doing so, their will reduce the CO2 emissions with approximately 60%. For this reason, they signed a contract at the start of the year for the purchase of Guarantees of Origin (GOs) from European wind farms for our power supply. With this, all of the electricity they are using from this year onwards will be certified to be green.
Installation of solar panels has started
As of 2020, the auction will also be generating electricity through large solar panel installations, which are currently being installed on the roofs of the buildings. The installation of 3,300 solar panels at the Eelde location started on 13 January. They also want large solar panel installations at their other locations. They have also received subsidies for the locations of Rijnsburg, Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk. Royal FloraHolland is currently conducting the necessary research of the roofs at these locations and more news will follow later this year.
More about CO2-neutral by 2025
Royal FloraHolland is also a partner in the large-scale geothermal project Trias Westland, during which they will be purchasing geothermal energy as a sustainable energy source as of 2021 in order to replace part of the gas consumption in Naaldwijk.
Source: Royal FloraHolland