Hazeu Orchids has not become more sustainable overnight. This has been a process of years. Partly due to questions from customers and consumers, the company slowly gradually became aware of the increasing importance to look closely at operations and, in particular, at sustainability.
All rainwater falling on the roof of the greenhouse and commercial buildings , is collected in a water basin. This water is used to water the plants by means of a spraying system. This is fully computer controlled. This way, the plants can be watered as needed. The water is also supplied with the optimum amount of nutrients, so there is little waste. The water that is not absorbed by the plants , is collected in a water silo. After disinfection the water is then reused. They therefore do not use tap water.
No“dirty” ends up in the surface water. The water consumption in the nursery has no influence on the drinking water supplies in the region.
To produce the plants, the company mainly uses a lot of organic plant protection products. Only if there is no other way, they will use some non-natural pesticides. Over the past 5 years, the use of organic resources has increased significantly and the use of non-natural resources has decreased dramatically. They have invested a lot of time in research into ways to deal with diseases and pests in a organic way. Unfortunately, at the moment, it is not yet possible to work completely organically.
In their current form the greenhouses are equipped with the most modern techniques in view of the future and the environment. For example, Hazeu Orchids has energy-efficient screen cloths, a heat pump and multiple combined heat and power (CHP) units. The CHP allows the company to generate its own electricity, releasing heat and CO2. All released energy and CO2 is used in the greenhouse to make the plants grow as well as possible.
6000 solar panels installed on the roof of the barn allow to obtain additional energy.
The environment is also taken into account in terms of transport. There is an electric company car. Customers also collect many goods directly from the nursery or products are taken directly to retailers’ depots. This minimises the number of transport movements.
Changing the shape of the cultivation pots and all the investments described above are aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Hazeu Orchids is in possession of the environmental certificates MPS-A, MPS-GAP and MPS SQ.
– MPS-A – indicates the level of sustainability of the company’s operations.
– MPS-GAP – for companies that supply to retailers and concerns traceability, environment, safety and hygiene. MPS-GAP is the next step beyond MPS-A on the road to sustainability.
– MPS SQ – relates to the social aspects of business operations
In addition, Hazeu Orchids is a member of the Horti Footprint Chain Program. Participants in the Horti Footprint Chain Program want to produce in a climate-neutral way. The aim is for each party in the horticultural sector to gain insight into its share of the final product’s CO2 footprint, in order to subsequently reduce its emissions.
The diagrams below show graphs of Hazeu Orchids’ consumption of crop protection agents, energy and fertilisers. The black stripes are the set standards. The limits indicated are the legal limits for environmental pollution. The limits indicated are the permissible legal limits for environmental impact.