Cooperation between Eneco and De Hoge Veluwe National Park in the field of sustainable energy and nature restoration
De Hoge Veluwe National Park will be purchasing 100% green power from Eneco for a period of five years, starting on 1 April 2019. The green power is sourced from European wind farms. During the same period, Eneco will also support the nature preservation rock dust project with which the national park aims to counteract acidification.
Just like all the other nature areas in the Netherlands, De Hoge Veluwe National Park is suffering from the deposition of nitrogen as a result of which the landscape is changing, the heather is disappearing and the food chain is being affected. This nitrogen comes from agriculture, traffic and industry. Jakob Leidekker, head of operations of De Hoge Veluwe National Park: "In a small area, we have been experimenting since 2015 with using rock dust to counteract acidification of the soil resulting from the deposition of nitrogen and to restore biodiversity. In view of the positive results and with the support of partners such as Eneco we will be expanding the project to an area of around 100 acres."
This cooperation is fully in line with Eneco's ‘One Planet’ vision. With One Planet, Eneco challenges itself, its suppliers and its customers to operate within the boundaries of our planet. Harold Koekkoek, director of Eneco's energy plant Lage Weide: "This means, for example, that we aim to prevent that our activities have a negative effect on biodiversity and that we take nature recovery measures where necessary. To a small extent, Eneco's energy plants in Utrecht contribute to the deposition of nitrogen in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. This is an important reason for us to invest in this project. The fact that we will also supply sustainable energy to this beautiful park during the next five years demonstrates once again that business and sustainability objectives can go hand in hand successfully."