Europe's leading Greenport is based in Zuid-Holland. Boasting the largest horticultural sector in the world, the region has ranked among Europe’s top five food exporters for many years. Intensive relationships with Wageningen University & Research and TNO keep the available agro & food knowledge up to date. The knowledge infrastructure and high public investments in R&D make the Greenport one of Europe’s top agro & food locations.
The largest Zuid-Holland Greenport has its epicentre in Westland and Langsingerland. Hundreds of businesses are based here. Vast quantities of fruit and vegetables are shipped via the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe. One key asset of the Greenport is the strong synergy with the maritime and transport sectors, ensuring that fresh produce is efficiently and quickly transported to destinations across the globe.
The Greenport provides fertile ground for new solutions to global food and energy issues in metropolitan areas. Therefore, the Greenport knowledge institutions collaborate with companies such as Siemens to develop a new energy system for the agro & food sector.
Facts & Figures
80% of the world’s horticultural innovations originate in The Netherlands. The overwhelming majority of these innovations originate from Zuid- Holland.
Zuid-Holland is home to three of the five national Greenports: Westland-Oostland, Duin- en Bollenstreek and Boskoop.
These three Greenports jointly account for about 72,000 direct jobs, while creating several times more indirect jobs.
Our region produces over 6 million tonnes of products annually, with a production value of about EUR 5.5 billion.
580 greenhouse companies receive CO2 as residual heat from industrial locations in Rotterdam.