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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

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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.”