Monday, October 7, the first Limburg Sustainability Award will be presented in the Schouwburg of Venray. The nominees all contribute to innovations in the field of sustainability.
A total of 23 companies and organizations compete for the Limburg Sustainability Award. Among the nominees are several well-known names from the Limburg agri-food sector. The Venray egg producer Kipster previously won the Mansholt Business Award and an international award for animal welfare from Compassion in World Farming. Kipster eggs are the first, and as yet the only, climate-neutral eggs with the maximum number of 3 stars in the Beter Leven Keurmerk (Better Life Certificate) of the Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Planet Proof Stamp of the Stichting Milieukeur (Environmentally Sound Quality Foundation).
Also Zwamburg is among the nominees, a mushroom farm from Schimmert, which produces sustainable, edible mushrooms on the residual streams of Limburg. In its new, sustainable nursery, Zwamburg uses coffee grounds to grow oyster mushrooms. Coffee grounds are collected from several local companies to keep the CO2 footprint as low as possible. After growing, the extracted coffee grounds are taken to a composter so that they are returned to nature.
A third nominee is People's Farm, the sustainable vegetable farming on the farm of Marcel and Yvonne Jacobs from Maasbree. They opted for a new way of farming, close to the consumer, which promotes communication between farmers, citizens and countrymen. By being able to pick up ''t Verskratje'' directly from People's Farm, consumers can experience food production up close again.
By the nominees are also several interesting parties that innovate in the field of renewable energy. The New Cool trailer from Twan Heetkamp in Venlo is a diesel-free refrigeration trailer that emits zero nitrogen and particulate matter. This makes the transport of food much kinder to the environment.
Vissers Energy (Horst) / Van Kessel Olie (Milheeze) developed Blue Diesel, a fossil-free diesel fuel consisting of renewable raw materials. A major advantage is that diesel vehicles do not require any modifications for the use of Blue Diesel. Blue Diesel is not produced from fossil (crude) oil, but from waste vegetable oils.
The list of nominees is much longer than this. On the website of the Limburg Sustainable Award they can all be found and a vote can be cast. Voting by the public is possible from 1 October to 5 October. A professional jury will also choose a favourite and visitors to the event on 7 October can still vote.
The Award will be presented on Monday, October 7 in Venray during a symposium in the Schouwburg of Venlo (start 20.00h). During the symposium a lecture will be given and all nominees will get the chance to present their project in 2 minutes. After the pitches can still be voted and the award ceremony takes place.
The Limburg Sustainability Award is an initiative of the municipality of Venray and Stichting Wielerpromotie Venray, with support from Interreg and Rabobank Horst Venray.