Dutch horticulture is a global trendsetter and a leading innovator in green house technology, concentrated in Greenports, Agri & Horti clusters where businesses and research institutes work closely together on production, R&D, logistics, infrastructure, and exports, with the support of local and regional government.
The cluster Greenport West-Holland in the region Zuid-Holland is the strongest Greenport in the western part of the Netherlands. Greenport West-Holland is known for the largest greenhouse area in the world, hosting world leading companies in the field of horticulture. Here new concepts and innovations are tested to contribute to the world’s food supply including vertical urban farming, robot fruit pickers, innovative energy-saving lighting, water and waste recycling, and energy efficiency.
The output of the Zuid-Holland horticulture is 4,350 billion euros; the output of technical suppliers for horticulture 700 million euros. The horticultural sector provides 130,000 jobs in Zuid-Holland.
The Greenport West-Holland is a member of the S3 Agrifood Thematic Partnership Big Data & Traceability. The region, Province of Zuid-Holland, and some members, are active in the S3 Agrifood Platform High Tech Farming and the EuropeanRegions for Innovation Food and Forestry.
Next to seasonal storage of warm and cold water for houses, the municipality works hard to realise deep geothermal wells. The best example is the Trias Westland project in which water from about 4 km depth will be used for heating of about 40 greenhouses.