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"Last year we carried out an improvement project that succeeded in improving product quality and achieving significant energy reduction. That's one of the things we always do: constantly looking at where the boundaries are and how we can optimise."

Nammen van der Meulen - Process Technology and R&D Manager

Thanks to the installation of heat pumps in Barneveld, this site became climate-neutral in early 2022. We are also transitioning towards climate-neutral production at our other sites. Given the different nature of the production process in Gorinchem and Scharsterbrug, compared to Barneveld, achieving climate-neutral production at these sites is a challenge of a different magnitude. 

Highest level of sustainability
The offices in Nijkerk have been climate neutral for several years now. In fact, this office building is among the Netherlands’ most sustainable office buildings: eco-friendly and with a pleasant work climate. The building has been awarded the 5-star (outstanding) BREEAM-NL New Construction and Renovation Completion certificate, which is the highest sustainability level under this quality mark.

Reduction in energy consumption
In 2022, technical process optimisations were implemented in Scharsterbrug that have helped reduce energy consumption. The basis for this is an even higher degree of control of process parameters through the application of new technology and control techniques, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 5% for certain products. 

Solar panels 
We have solar panels on the roofs of our head office in Nijkerk and our production sites in Gorinchem, Barneveld, and Scharsterbrug. In 2022, the solar panels will supply more than 1,400 MWh of green electricity, resulting in savings of more than 770 tonnes of carbon. This is sufficient power for about 450 households per year.

Concrete long-term plans
In 2022, Vreugdenhil started developing concrete long-term plans for the development of production facilities in the coming years. The goal here is to stop carbon emissions and fossil fuel use by 2050.