From March 13 to 17, 2023, the Netherlands organized a trade mission to Korea and Japan about the energy transition. The mission, led by Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, participated in trade shows, seminars, matchmaking events, and company visits. The Trade mission comprised over 40 companies and knowledge institutes active in hydrogen, battery, greenhouse horticulture, and offshore wind.
The energy transition mission held from March 13 to 16, 2023, was successful. Eleven participants joined the greenhouse horticulture track, and it was a good mixture of companies for greenhouse, climate control, and energy solution. Participated greenhouse horticulture companies could interact with other track(hydrogen and battery) companies, thanks to the joint programs such as the trade networking dinner, visit to company Posco, and InterBattery exhibition by the organizer.
The matchmaking event on the first day of the program was one of the highlights, as all the companies had five good-quality meetings with potential agents, partners, and farmers. The 2 MOUs about Aquathermal Energy and ATES (Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage) system were substantial and concrete, and two Ministers from both countries witnessed them during the Trade Networking Dinner. The greenhouse horticulture seminar on the program's second day played an essential role in positioning the Netherlands as the leader of energy transition in horticulture with full attention from the Korean side. On the last day, the field visits helped the Dutch companies understand the current situation and ambitions of the Korean horticulture sector.