CSR - World Horti Center


Contributing to a healthy international greenhouse horticulture sector by stimulating and facilitating innovation is the starting point for the vision and strategic goals of World Horti Center. A healthy horticulture sector is a socially responsible sector, in which companies throughout the horticulture cluster balance social, ecological and economic considerations. Either way: the balance in People, Planet and Profit.

World Horti Center aims to contribute to the health and well-being of people, by providing solutions to social issues in the area of ​​water quality, food supply, food safety and sustainability. It offers the industry an innovation center for demonstration, research and knowledge transfer, in which these goals can be achieved. World Horti Center not only contributes to Corporate Social Responsibility through its position and profiling in the glass horticulture sector, but also within its own organization sustainable business is a starting point for all business activities.

In addition, the property is future-proof and built with respect for people and planet. The building is full of sustainable applications. For example, durable building materials such as aluminum and recyclable double glass (HR++) have been used, and the building has a highly insulating acrylic roofing. These acrylic sheets do not only have an insulating effect, they also reduce 40% of the light and heat from the outside, resulting in a comfortable temperature during summer. The building also has underfloor heating and cooling that are connected to a heat pump that will mainly run on the 150,000 Watts provided by solar panels.

The greenhouse with its 6,400 m² research departments, has been built with state-of-the-art applications. Rainwater is used to grow the crops in the research departments. Climate-controlled windows provide natural ventilation and, in combination with horizontal screens, the indoor climate can be optimized. The four kilometer deep geothermal source Trias Westland at the nearby Lange Broekweg will provide for the energy supply of the property in the future.