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Meeting the Challenge

Bord na Móna currently faces significant challenges

Notwithstanding the strong performance in 2015, changes in regulations, especially carbon tax and the current economic environment continue to present difficult challenges to Bord na Móna’s businesses. Rehabilitating former working bogs, reducing our carbon footprint, overcoming external challenges, or finding new uses for cutaway bogs means we must continually change and adapt in order to succeed.

Bord na Móna currently faces significant challenges

Notwithstanding the strong performance in 2015, changes in regulations, especially carbon tax and the current economic environment continue to present difficult challenges to Bord na Móna’s businesses. Rehabilitating former working bogs, reducing our carbon footprint, overcoming external challenges, or finding new uses for cutaway bogs means we must continually change and adapt in order to succeed.

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Reducing energy supply CO2 levels

Ireland has a number of options available considering the decarbonisation of our energy supply. Despite the fact that we currently burn peat for energy, Bord na Móna will cease the supply and use of peat for power production by 2030.

Until then, we will co-fire with biomass to reduce carbon emissions, process and collect of landfill gas for electricity generation, and continue to harness the power of wind for energy.

Future Use of Land

Our biggest asset is our land, Bord na Móna owns approximately 80,000 hectares. Identifying the best uses for this land is a significant challenge. Our job has always been to unlock the true potential of our land and create value for the society to whom it belongs.

Over one fifth of our land is committed to future uses and deciding what these uses might be takes a considerable amount of time and resources. We have developed processes and identified factors that help to determine the most appropriate future use of our land.

Future Use of Land

Our biggest asset is our land, Bord na Móna owns approximately 80,000 hectares. Identifying the best uses for this land is a significant challenge. Our job has always been to unlock the true potential of our land and create value for the society to whom it belongs.

Over one fifth of our land is committed to future uses and deciding what these uses might be takes a considerable amount of time and resources. We have developed processes and identified factors that help to determine the most appropriate future use of our land.

Our Powergen business faces challenges around planning and regulation

Powergen’s strategy is focused on sustainable business growth through the phased development of a diversified portfolio of electricity generating assets. The aim is to become a leading low carbon energy generator, with a suite of resources including biomass, biogas, renewable technologies and wind.

Strategic Framework for the Future Use of Bogs

Please read our strategic framework to view all aspects of the future use of Bord na Móna bogs.

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Strategic Framework for the Future Use of Bogs

Please read our strategic framework to view all aspects of the future use of Bord na Móna bogs.

Rehabilitation of former working bogs

When peat extraction has finished on a particular piece of land it becomes what is known as a ‘cutaway bog’. One of our biggest challenges is the restoration and rehabilitation of these bogs.

It takes great care, time, thought and resources to restore a bog. Careful consideration must be given to water levels, soil conditions, flora and fauna. Despite these challenges, we are committed to the task, and plan to continue building on the good work we have done already.

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Our carbon profile, which is already falling dramatically, will see a very substantial deceleration in the next decade and a half

Mike Quinn, CEO
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Our carbon profile, which is already falling dramatically, will see a very substantial deceleration in the next decade and a half

Mike Quinn, CEO
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The Challenge of Decarbonisation

One of the great challenges of our time is climate change. It is widely accepted that we, as a global community, must reduce the amount of carbon being produced, both at home, and on a national scale. For our part, Bord na Móna has developed a decarbonisation programme which outlines a reduction in carbon emissions for each of our business activities