In the Netherlands, Harvest House and its growers want to farm climate-neutrally by 2040. Harvest House is one of the first grower associations to join SBTi, the Science Based Targets initiative.
"We believe in our sustainable approach. And we're ambitious. We must, therefore, reduce our CO2 emissions. That's something we take seriously," says Marco Hanemaaijer, a chain manager at Harvest Hous. This association's reduction goals have been registered with SBTi.
Harvest House, a Dutch fruit-vegetable producer organization, has members who cultivate tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers in greenhouses. "We're aware of how that can impact the climate, which is why we're constantly looking for ways to reduce energy consumption."
To underline its sustainability goals, Harvest House has joined the international SBTi, which bases its sustainability targets on science. Meet these, and you significantly contribute to fulfilling the Paris Climate Agreement, Marco says. "We're thus showing how serious we are about climate goals. We commit to limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C. These are formidable ambitions, but we think committing to them is crucial."
The first goals are focused on what Harvest House, itself, can do. "We're going to make our offices and fleet more sustainable. That should achieve a 42% CO2 reduction by 2030 compared to 2020. We're also mapping our growers' emissions, and together with them, we'll set reduction targets for that part of our fruit-vegetable chain. Together we will achieve more," Marco concludes.