4evergreen is committed to sustainability. We strive to be and remain the most sustainable bell pepper grower in the Netherlands. We conform to the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement. In fact, we are far ahead in this respect and we will keep it that way.
Our goal is to minimize the impact of our company and product on this planet. We do this by making use of residual heat and residual CO2 (and in the future with other sustainable sources), generating solar energy, using organic crop protection agents, reusing water and fertilizers, recycling our waste streams and land saving; using farmland as efficiently as possible.
Not only are we growing a very healthy product, but also one with a low impact on this planet.
We grow peppers in the most sustainable way possible and work mainly with biological control agents such as insects. This allows us to produce a clean and high-quality product in an environmentally friendly way. We look ahead, use the latest techniques to reduce the burden on our people but also to achieve our goals. And therefore our people enjoy working together, because together we get further. Every single day. So that we deliver a fresh product of perfect quality to our customers.
4evergreen is committed to the Sustainabable development goals of the UN. This expresses our ambition to make our contribution to the Paris climate agreement. In fact, we are ahead of the set goals from greenhouse horticulture Netherlands. Every day we take pleasure in producing a high quality, healthy product in which people, planet and profit are always central.
To harvest high quality and nutritious fruit vegetables, we give the plants heat, Co2, water and nutrition.
We heat our greenhouses and that requires a lot of energy. We are aware of the negative impact that has on the climate. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce energy consumption.
The peppers at our horticultural location in Westdorpe are grown without using fossil fuels. Cultivation is as CO2-neutral as possible because production uses residual heat and CO2 from industry. These are supplied through a pipeline network to heat the greenhouses and supply the plants with CO2. CO2 stimulates the growth of the bell pepper plants and is converted into oxygen in the process. This makes it possible to grow the most sustainable peppers in the Netherlands.
By 2026, 75% of our sites use waste heat.
By 2026, 95% of our sites are using Co2 from residual streams
2030, 100% of our sites use waste heat and Co2 or other renewable sources.
The water we use to grow our plants is rainwater that is collected throughout the year in our water basins. This is how we prevent water scarcity. Moreover, we recirculate the water. Through a drip line, exactly the right amount of water reaches the plants. The water that is not absorbed by the plants is collected and reused. Thus, the water circuit is closed and there are no emissions to water and nature. This system allows us to produce a healthy product with a minimum amount of water.
Thanks in part to our years of knowledge, experience and recent data, we give the plants exactly what they need. The bell pepper plants grow on substrate on special cultivation gutters which ensures that the soil is not depleted. In addition, this prevents soil diseases and ensures that water, nutrients and pesticides do not end up in nature. At the end of cultivation, the growing mats are completely recyclable.