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20th November 2019 | Biodiversity, Climate Change, Press Releases

Greens welcome decision of Bord na Móna to transition out of horticultural peat


Tom Donnellan CEO of Bord na Móna told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action this afternoon that as BnM decarbonises, horticultural peat is a key part of that. He stated that in the next 18 months they’ll reduce horticultural peat sales by 50% as they transition to non-peat-based products.

Reacting to this, Green Party Climate Spokesperson David Healy said:

“We welcome this significant move by Bord na Móna.

“Many people don’t realise the damaging impact that using peat in horticulture has but it destroys valuable habitats, it is dismantling a carbon store and is a deeply unsustainable practice.

“As a bog is drained for peat extraction it continues to emit carbon. Only when you rewet a bog does it stop emitting carbon and starts to become a carbon sink – taking emissions from the atmosphere.

“We need to focus now on stopping all peat extraction and getting our bogs rewetted.”