Plospan Bioenergy B.V. officially accepted for the BSL in the UK.

As from today, Plospan Bioenergy B.V. has been officially accepted by the British government as a supplier. BSL (Biomass Suppliers List) UK ensures that all imports of wood pellets and related biomass to the UK comply with strict environmental requirements. This means that the production process, transport and raw materials must remain within set parameters (minimum CO2 emissions). Raw materials must demonstrably originate from controlled felling. The most important issue here is the fact that more new trees are being planted than are being felled.

More information about the BSL can be found by visiting: https://biomass-suppliers-list.service.gov.uk/

Plospan takes yet another step forward in sustainable entrepreneurship with PEFC.

Registration number: CU-PEFC-870686

The fact that Plospan is ENplus, DINplus and Better Biomass certified was already known. However, the market does not stand sill and constantly demands improvement in the much discussed “sustainable entrepreneurship”. Plospan’s latest certification has been launched and has made it possible to produce wood pellets with a 100% PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) claim.

RMV Gorinchem 2019

The first day of the 2019 RMV Gorinchem was a huge success. There. We described it in one sentence. The interest of visitors on this day was largely captured by the MEDI plus sawdust, which is on the up and up among the Plospan bedding materials. After all, the main issue here is the wellbeing and health of the animals. Plospan is basically constantly working on improving the production processes and products.

Plospan expands its fleet with an extra bulk vacuum truck.

We started with one of the first vacuum truck a number of years ago, together with leading fitters of the larger heating systems. Since the number of systems that burn wood pellets has grown exponentially because of, for example, the Dutch sustainable energy investment grant grants and the Dutch Renewable Energy Production Incentive Scheme subsidies, the Plomp Group purchased vacuum truck number two. This truck also has all of the standard connections. The daily route of the trucks include office and business premises, poultry farmers, pig farms, calf farms, swimming pools and many private individuals.

Working visit from the Dutch King’s Commissioner to Plospan

“Sustainability is in their genes”

The King’s Commissioner from Gelderland Clemens Cornielje came to see wood processor Plospan’s solar panel project in Waardenburg on Wednesday, 25 August. He hopes that other companies follow the example of Plospan. “This project does not take up a single square metre.”

REPORT ON WORKING VISIT

WAARDENBURG – “Wow! Beautiful!”, Clemens Cornielje exclaimed when he first saw the sea of solar panels on Plospan’s roofs. The Dutch King’s Commissioner had just climbed the ten-metre high stairs to the viewpoint over the industrial buildings. It was a perfect summer’s day for a working visit to the solar panel project in Waardenburg. The bright sunlight reflected from more than nine thousand solar panels glittered in the eyes of the King’s Commissioner from Gelderland like a blight blue mirror.

During the first tour of Plospan’s site together with the mayor of Neerijnen, Harry de Vries, the King’s Commissioner was clearly already impressed. This was due to the amount of power produced by the solar panels, Plospan’s cogeneration plants and the business process itself. Plospan processes 3000 tonnes of wood per week and the King’s Commissioner was able to see this in action: from the tree trunks that are rolled through the planer to the automatic packaging of wood shavings and biofuel pellets.

Cornielje bombarded the Plomp brothers, who run Plospan, with questions about the history of the family-run business, about the companies that had helped to install the solar panel project and about the export of wood products to China. “If not, all those containers would return to China empty. Now they are filled with wood shavings”, Rober Plomp explained.

The King’s Commissioner stated that he had solar panels on his own home and was particularly interested in the delivery of green energy to Liander’s power grid. “So you are actually a power supplier.”

At the end of his visit, the King’s Commissioner said that he was especially impressed by the fact that Plospan’s solar panel project used 2.5 hectares of existing roofs. “This project does not take up a single square metre. The roofs were there already. You see a lot of large solar panel projects with new construction, but there is not much new construction. There are still a lot of roofs in the Netherlands. This should be imitated everywhere.”

He admits that this would take a lot of courage on the part of entrepreneurs. “But if one sheep leaps over the ditch, the rest will follow.” Cornielje hopes that other companies will come to look at Plospan and learn from it. “They won’t have to figure everything out themselves. There are so many aspects with such a project. Plospan has thought of everything here. It is also very impressive how these four brothers reflect on sustainable business practices, how much they know and how it keeps them busy every day. Sustainability is clearly in their genes. With a family-run business, I can say that.”

Solar panel party at Plospan

 

As a family business with a clear focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, we were really proud when the former President of the House of Representatives, Anouchka van Miltenburg, who lives in the same area as we do, opened the largest solar panel project in Gelderland at Plosplan’s business premises on Friday, 3 June!

Green energy
Van Miltenburg drove into the marquee, which was set up on Plosplan’s premises in Waardenburg for the occasion, in a Stella Lux solar-powered car. In her speech, she compared our wood-chip-processing plant to the winner of the World Solar Challenge by saying, “Both produce more green energy than they use.”

Largest solar panel project
More than two hundred invited guests attended the event organised by Plospan to celebrate the completion of the 2.5-hectare solar panel array on the roofs of the factory buildings. It is one of the largest solar panel projects in the Netherlands and the largest in the province of Gelderland. The final six panels were put in place on Tuesday, 31 May.

The courage to invest
Van Miltenburg continued her speech by talking about the increasing popularity of solar power and the role played by industry in the use of sustainable energy. She praised Plosplan’s 2.2-million euro investment in solar panels by stating, “Solar power is definitely the way forward, but it needs companies like Plospan, which take their responsibilities seriously and dare to take risks.”

9,240 solar panels
By pushing a ‘big red button’, she symbolically put the 9,240 solar panels into operation together with the four brothers of the Plomp family who run Plospan.

And now we are hoping for plenty of hours of sunshine so we can generate the maximum amount of electricity to meet our own needs and to feed as much as possible back to the ‘grid’.

29 April to 1 May 2016: Longines Global Champions Tour Shanghai

This is year is already the third year that we will be attending this international, prestigious competition. Plospan supplies the horse bedding for the world’s top 98 horses who will display their superlative qualities at this fantastic event. In addition, Plospan has a stand at the trade fair where we will be welcoming our international business clients. As early as 7 March, we shipped 2 large containers of high-grade wood fibre to ensure its timely arrival: the Global Champions Tour show jumpers will want for nothing during their stay in Shanghai.

A thrilling contest for the pole position.
Shanghai is the fourth venue of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), following Miami, Mexico and Antwerp and will soon play host to the entire international show-jumping elite. At present, after three competitions, Christian Ahlmann from Germany is leading the LGCT, with John Whitacker from the UK and Italian national Emanuele Gaudiano following at his heels. Harrie Smolders, in ninth place after three competitions, is the highest ranking Dutchman and performed particularly well in the two most recent competitions. Hopefully, Harrie can continue to hone his performance and advance a few places in the overall rankings.

Plospan is a frequent exhibitor at LGCT
In total, there are fifteen international competitions that count towards the rankings for the Global Champions Tour. The final competition will be held in Doha, Qatar in November. Plospan will also be represented at this year´s international competition in Valkenswaard.

Plospan Excellent provides comfortable bedding during the 49th edition of Indoor Brabant

From 10 to 13 March 2016, the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch will be dedicated to equestrian sports. For four days, the best riders from around the world will show their skills during the 49th edition of Indoor Brabant. An event that attracts more than 73,000 visitors every year.

Plospan Excellent wood fibre bedding for the competition horses
Plospan has always been a regular contributor to Indoor Brabant. This year, the company has its own stand at the tradeshow and is also supplying more than 400 bales of Plospan Excellent wood fibre, which will be used as bedding in the stables. We are immensely proud of the fact that our leading product will provide optimal comfort for the real stars of this international equestrian event: the competition horses.

Plospan hosts customer evening on Friday, 11 March
International show jumping is traditionally the main feature of the Friday evening programme. Every year, this is an exciting race against the clock. A guaranteed spectacle, in which top international riders risk everything to come away with the first prize. Plospan will be there with 200 loyal customers to enjoy the show. A fantastic opportunity to talk to each other again and to enjoy watching the absolute elite in international show jumping.