Photo essays - 07/May/2019

Tomatoes & Tulips

Essay: The Netherlands aims to reduce carbon footprint of their tomatoes and tulips

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country with limited land area, yet it still manages to be one of the world’s leading exporters of food. This miracle is largely thanks to its massive gas-heated greenhouse complexes in which flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown. This produce may be a boon for the Dutch economy, but it is a blight on the global climate. As the world pushes to decarbonise energy systems and the Netherlands aims to end its 50-year-old love affair with gas, greenhouse companies and the municipality of Westland are looking for cleaner heating solutions, such as geothermal heat and heat pumps, to reduce the carbon footprint of their tomatoes and tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Sara Galbiati

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