Bord na Móna formally ends peat harvesting operations

Friday, January 15

Bord na Móna has ended all peat harvesting operations across the Midlands.

Chief Executive Tom Donnellan said the State-owned firm is now focused on renewable energy generation, recycling and developing other low carbon enterprises.

“As we have put our new climate-focused business in place, we have also completely stopped a number of high carbon operations and transitioned others to a more sustainable model.

“During this period, peat harvesting has already been wound down and stopped. The company’s last full peat harvest took place in 2018, followed by a partial harvest in 2019 and a full suspension of harvesting operations last year.

"The company has today decided to make this suspension permanent and cease any remaining harvesting preparations, including planning and substitute consent applications," he said.

“Today marks the formal end to the company’s association with peat harvesting, as we move on to tackle the critical challenges concerning climate change, energy supply, biodiversity and the circular economy,” he said.

Bord na Móna said its Derrinlough briquette factory will continue to manufacture peat briquettes up to 2024 and the Edenderry power station will continue its transition to run exclusively on residual and sustainable biomass.