Environmental Commitment

Photo of Wind Row machineBord na Móna recognises that peat harvesting must be carried out responsibly and in an environmentally acceptable manner. As a contribution to peatland conservation in Ireland, we have transferred ownership of over 6,000 hectares of environmentally significant peatlands to the Wildlife Service and to other conservation bodies. All Bord na Mona peat extraction is licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Each site has an IPPC licence which controls activities on site, has provisions to protect adjacent areas and requires an afteruse plan for the site.

Bord na Mona Peat is sourced in accordance with the policies of the Growing Media Association and the Growing Media Initiative. All Bord na Mona peat is traceable to named peatland areas.

Growise and the Environment

All of our Growise compost contains a mixture of peat and alternative sustainable ingredients (these form at least 25% of total mix). Our products have been manufactured as part of an environmental policy which recognises the need to preserve our peatlands.

Our Growise compost range are Guaranteed Irish and are produced in Ireland. We support the Growing Media Initiative and are committed to 100% peat replacement by 2020. All of our barks are FSC approved.

Wise Use

Bord na Móna is committed to the wise use of peats and peatlands, and to the Wise Use Principles and Guidelines agreed jointly by the International Peat Society (IPS) and the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG). Peatlands have many potential uses, including agriculture, afforestation, the extraction of peat for energy or for horticultural purposes, the harvesting of berries, recreation, wildlife sanctuaries etc. The Wise Use approach agreed by the IPS and the IMCG provides a framework within which competing uses can be evaluated, leading to better decisions on the most appropriate use.

Greenhouse Gases

Bord na Móna is funding research carried out by University College Dublin to quantify the carbon release associated with peat harvesting and use, and to examine the carbon recapture by forests and wetlands created on the cutaway peatlands.

Peat Dilution

At Kilberry, we compost a broad range of organic material including green by-product from civic amenities and waste management companies, brewers and malting by-products, fruit and vegetables and forestry by-products. Our focus is on generating best in industry compost through a strong R&D programme and independent growing trials. We use this renewable compost to dilute our peat and conserve our scarce resource while ultimately making great products with great results. Diluting peat with green bi-peoduct is high on our agenda. It is our intention to lead the challenge to develop high yield alternatives to peat as growing media in both the retail and the professional markets.

In terms of innovation, we are exploring the benefits of using this green compost to reduce the need for chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Initial research indicates the green compost has a number of properties that are highly beneficial to the environment and plant yield. This, in time, may lead to further developments in the area of biological control of plant diseases.

Find out more about our work in Kilberry