We developed a roadmap of the Dutch meat process sector, production and processing companies and their suppliers, together with DNV. The road map shows opportunities for optimal use of all energy and material flows in the product chain of chicken, pork and beef, and maps their sources. The maps bring insight to all stakeholders involved, and enables decisions on improving entire sections of the production chain at once.


Within the product chain of cattle farms the highest negative impacts on natural resources is caused by  decentralized cooling and freezing, and meat exceeding the expiration date. Freezing is energy intensive and decentralized cooling is often done using inefficient refrigerators.

In addition, spoilage of food in households is relatively high. These products have a high embodied energy and water values, in addition to many other environmental impacts. To reduce the amount of produce and thereby improve the performance of the meat sector, we propose several innovative cooling methods.

Mapping the products flows and the need for natural resources enables the sector to pinpoint actions that have the largest overall impact. Apart from quantifying the impact of each measure it also puts each action in perspective of the bigger picture and demonstrates the relations within the supply chain.

This project was made possible with the participation of  Nepluvi, VNV, COV, AKSV and the KNS.

Oct. 11, 2014

Client & Partners

  • RVO
  • DNV

Project team

  • Tom Bosschaert


  • Elias de Valk

    Industrial Ecologist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Eva Gladek

    Industrial Ecologist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Gerard Vink

    Communication Strategist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Michiel van der Vight

    Senior Associate
    Except Integrated Sustainability