Pepper nursery 4Evergreen is going to expand its location in Westdorpe (Terneuzen). The plan is to enlarge the existing horticulture business by 27 hectares. The previously built greenhouse in Westdorpe, which cover 28 hectares, will be expanded by 13.5 hectares this year. In 2019/2020 another 13.5 hectares will be added. This brings the total acreage at this location to 55 hectares.
The peppers at this location are culitvated without making use of fossil fuels. Cultivation is done as CO2-neutrally as possible, with the residual heat and CO2 from the Yara fertilizer factory being used in the production. These are transported via a piping network to heat the greenhouses and to supply the plants with CO2. CO2 stimulates the growth of the pepper plants and is hereby converted into oxygen. In this manner the most sustainable peppers in the Netherlands can be cultivated. Green electricity is purchased for the required electricity. For its efforts in the sustainable cultivation of peppers, 4Evergreen has obtained a Milieukeur label certificate.
For the expansion of the company, a new industrial hall of 306 meters in length and approximately 9,000 m2 in size. Such a large roof area naturally offers many possibilities. 4Evergreen intends to fill this roof and the roof of the existing company building with solar panels. In this way, about 2.3 million kW of green electricity can be generated per year. This is not only sufficient for the company's own needs, but also for delivery to the grid. This creates a situation in which the company does not consume external energy but instead generates energy.
Innovation can also be found in the greenhouse. The greenhouse will be build by us and will be equipped with the latest techniques. This includes a double screen installation to be able to work flexibly with the light incidence. The VB Group will install the heating installations to distribute the residual heat all through the company. Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics will ensure that the internal transport of the peppers is fully automated.