Emissions are being reduced as much as possible.
On top of having begun the production of renewable energy, the glasshouse horticultural sector has adopted gas instead of oil, which is to a benefit to air quality.
The crops capture CO2 and diverse forms of emissions are limited as much as possible. Waste gasses are washed, CO2 is used as food for crops and the heat generated in glasshouses is repurposed for heating. Using specific nozzles, producers generate drift reduction leading to less crop protection products ending up into surface water. On farms, electric harvesting vehicles are being used and cooperatives make use of electric forklifts.
The VBT cooperatives have developed different initiatives to limit the impact of transport inherent to their activities. Less transport between the different sites has been achieved through optimisation of freight traffic and by smarter packing methodologies. Using folding crates instead of rigid ones, truck transport of these reusable packaging solutions is reduced as more crates can be transported per pallet.