Farm Frites Sets More Sustainability Goals
Farm Frites together with the HAS University of Applied Sciences, the Wageningen University & Research and the province of South Holland signed a covenant titled “Green Circle Sustainable French Fries Chain” earlier this month.
The parties will work together on the reduction of greenhouse gases, as well as the promotion of sustainable energy, biodiversity and healthy soil with sufficient organic substances.
Farm Frites aims to become a driver for sustainable business. “In the past years, we have grown into a global organization. But parallel to this growth, it is in our genes to work sustainably. The Green Circle fits in with our sustainability strategy. Specifically, we want to reduce the CO2 emissions of the factory in Oudenhoorn, related to natural gas and electricity to 0 and we want to work on a CO2-neutral chain. We will achieve this ambition with the help of sustainable energy technologies. Making logistics and mobility more sustainable is also an important theme, aside from increasing safety. In addition, we are committed to reducing the local importunity caused by transport movements between the Farm Frites plant and the Second Maasvlakte,” said Piet de Bruijne, owner of Farm Frites.
Maintaining soil health is also crucial. For this reason, Farm Frites wants to work closely with the growers in the region on sustainable and vital campaigns. The Wageningen University & Research is also involved in the scientific substantiation of the pilots. “For workable solutions, we have to link our knowledge with that of our partners. Because a healthy soil not only contributes to production but also to climate-positive agriculture and the enhancement of biodiversity in and around the fields,” said Bram de Vos, director of the Environmental Sciences Group on behalf of Wageningen University & Research.
In addition to the Green Circle Sustainable French Fries Chain, other Green Circles are active including Cheese & Subsidence around the DE Graafstroom dairy.
Pictured from left to right: Dick Pouwels (HAS University of Applied Sciences), Piet de Bruijne (Farm Frites), Han Weber (the province of South Holland), Bram de Vos (Wageningen University & Research).