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Supply chain – cold ironing installation

We constantly seek ways to help protect the environment in every part of its supply chain. Transport is one of the key areas where we see the opportunity to take the lead and make improvements. We recently invested in High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) components on our ships, Chiquita Progress and Chiquita Venture. Also known as ‘cold ironing’ or alternative marine power (AMP), this means that electricity is used instead of fuel to supply energy to the vessels when they are in port. Both ships had to have major modifications to their power management systems to be able to transfer the high voltage power from shore to ship. However, the resulting reduction in air pollution and noise emissions makes it worthwhile. As a result of these changes, we are able to save 1,150 tons of CO2 emissions each year, equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of 200 cars on the road.

Vlissingen wind turbine in Northern Europe

The Vlissingen terminal operated by Kloosterboer in The Netherlands is our hub for Northern Europe. It is home to thousands of Chiquita reefer containers, which preserve the quality and freshness of our Chiquita bananas. Keeping them all cool is a big job; fortunately, the Chiquita wind turbine has this more than covered. Producing a massive 4,000 megawatt hours per year, which is 150% of our current requirement, this turbine gives us room to grow and saves around 2,500 tons of carbon a year versus conventionally produced electricity.

Hueneme flat energy panel in California

At Hueneme in California our cold storage operations have a 1.0 MW solar array installed on 368,000 square feet of a 528,000 square foot roof. Installed by the building’s owners and providing 120% of the facility’s requirements the project utilizes more than 2,900 trackers, which made it the world’s largest rooftop tracker installation in 2017.

Gorinchem CO2 neutral ripening in Nicaragua

Open since 2011 and consisting of 22 ripening rooms of various sizes, the Gorinchem banana ripening facility is our first plant to operate CO2– neutral. This is achieved through its very high–specification design, building and machinery, which result in very low emission levels and offsetting of any emissions through a designated carbon credit program in Nicaragua. When bananas arrive at the facility, the refrigeration system conditions them at a temperature of 13°C. The temperature is then raised in order to open the very pores of the fruit, at which point the ripening mixture is administered into the process. The total ripening process takes between 6–7 days. The process heat from the ripening plant is used to heat and cool the offices, toilets are flushed using rainwater, lights are equipped with daylight–responsive control and there is a charging station for electric vehicles.

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