The Netherlands is the ideal breeding ground for green tech startups

The Netherlands is one of the best places in the world for startups and businesses working on green tech.

Managing the climate is deeply rooted in Dutch culture. With nearly a third of its land below sea level, the country has been highly-adaptive to environmental challenges — finding ways to turn them into opportunities for technological growth.

Think, for instance, of how the Dutch have managed to reclaim land from sea with polders, or avoid flooding from the North Sea with the construction of the Delta Works, a series of dams and surge barriers along the southern West coast.

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The Netherlands’ environmental credentials extend far beyond managing water systems though. One element that’s often overlooked is the country’s huge agricultural industry.

Despite being the 131st biggest country in the world, it’s the 4th largest exporter of vegetables. Much of this is down to its investment and pioneering research in modern greenhouse farming, which combines hydroponic technology and geothermal energy.

There’s more though, the country plans to make 16% of all energy used sustainable by 2023 — and it’s already home to one of the largest offshore wind farms and floating solar energy parks in Europe.

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