Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects

The world is increasingly realizing that we need to preserve our planet. The world population is growing steadily and increased frequency and severity of extreme weather is now more apparent than ever. Due to climate change and population pressure, we need to take a much more sustainable approach to what we grow and how we grow it. Van der Hoeven’s ambition is to contribute to a world that is able to produce enough safe and healthy food.

Feeding the future

Therefore, we design, build and operate tailor-made horticultural solutions with a reduced footprint in natural resources such as CO2 and pesticides. We continuously invest in R&D to strengthen our propositions towards our customers. This vision allows us to operate our business successfully for a better future.


Greenhouse horticulture plays an increasingly important role in finding a sustainable solution for providing food security to the world. A world where a growing population and increasing demand for heathy and nutritious diet comes in a time with challenges when it comes to climate change, water stress and nitrogen pollution.

Operating within the Water Energy & Food nexus we often have to deal with contradicting interest of for water conservation, energy consumption and maximizing crop yield. Additionally, greenhouses need CO₂ for the crop to thrive without using fossil fuels and stay free of pest and disease while avoiding the use of pesticides.

In this respect, choosing and developing the right horticultural solution for the optimal location are important drivers of success. In this casus we ask you to investigate and form a substantiated opinion at the contradicting interest of the urban food demand of the masses and its impact on the direct environment and global challenges. Using an international example you will look at greenhouse climate technology and links this to sustainable energy systems while keeping in mind the geographical specifics and suitability of the local microclimate. All in order to achieve a sustainable food production capable to feed the population with a minimal impact.