As a 4th-generation family-run business, we have become the market leader through continuously looking towards the future. Our aim is to make our sector – with all its stakeholders – more sustainable and more efficient. How? By looking at energy and water in new ways, using our raw materials more economically and, where possible, continuing to innovate so that we can realise a healthy product, together with our growers. Naturally, the quality of our onions remains at the forefront of everything we do. This is how we are helping our sector contribute to a sustainable future.
We grow our onions in a great many hectares of land under the environmental quality label PlanetProof. This label represents a product that is produced more sustainably. In other words, we pay extra attention to the smart use of soil, water, energy, production and the climate.
This year we are innovating even further. The Dutch government has given permission for a new beautiful solar park that will consist of 15 hectares of solar field. This means that we can generate energy completely green.
The generated and saved capacity makes it possible to become completely carbon neutral. It is not without reason that Wiskerke Onions has the lowest CO2 footprint from grower to end consumer; with a drive to become completely CO2 negative. This solar park, which is expected to be realized in the autumn of 2021, is a great step forward. The combination of residual heat exchange, Roof Solar and our solar park creates a negative CO2 footprint!
An ongoing project is the reuse of residual heat. Our business processes require a lot of energy. That is why we work together with neighbouring company Lamb Weston / Meijer. We use the residual heat from this potato processor for the drying process of our onions and as company heating. This way we save more than 900 tonnes of CO2 on an annual basis. That is equivalent to 50,000,000 trees!
Sustainability can be achieved together, in accordance with national policy, with the help of local initiatives and by seeking synergy with other companies. Just like we do in terms of our energy requirements (investing in 2,600 m2 of solar panels), we also take the same sustainable approach in terms of our transport. By using the container hub in Vlissingen – instead of the ports in Rotterdam – we can reduce our carbon footprint by more than 10,000 kilometres a year!