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Responsible Peat Management

 Code of Practice for Responsible Peatland Management

The European Peat and Growing Media Association (EPAGMA) represents peat and growing media companies across Europe. Bord na Móna has adopted and implemented the principles and commitments contained in EPAGMA’s Code of Practice for Responsible Peatland Management. The Code confirms our compliance with legislation governing habitats, environmental planning, and pollution prevention and control, reinforces our commitment to excellent environmental practices in peat production, and defines the principles governing the after-use of our peat production areas. For more information EPAGMA Code of Practice for Responsible Peat land Management visit www.epagma.eu.

 

A message from Paul Riordan, the Head of Bord na Móna’s Peat business

IMG_5340 copyBord na Móna have invested significantly in developing Ireland’s indigenous peat resources. These resources have been utilised responsibly for the benefit of the country and have provided, and will continue to provide, significant employment in rural areas which have been short on employment opportunities.

Bord na Móna’s Peat business strategy is to eliminate the need for the support mechanism for peat. This will be done through cost reduction and by significantly reducing emissions from peat stations by co-firing with carbon neutral biomass. The support mechanism for Bord na Móna’s Edenderry Power Plant has expired since December 2015 while the carbon emissions associated with each unit of electricity generated from this plant will be comparable with those from any typical mid-merit generation unit on the Irish Grid.

As a responsible company, our policy is to not open any new bogs and to fully utilise the remaining developed peat resources for the benefit of the country and for the local communities in which we operate. We have conserved significant tracts of intact raised bogs and have also rehabilitated thousands of hectares of partially drained bogs.

We intend to cease production of energy peat by 2030 and will leave behind a landscape which is rich in terms of biodiversity and amenity as well as making a valuable contribution to Ireland’s renewable energy targets through wind and solar projects.

 

Bord na Móna Peat Quality Policy

Bord na Móna Peat is committed to the timely supply of high quality products. Bord na Móna Peat is committed to conducting all aspects of its business activities with a focus on minimising the impact on the environment. Our intention is to achieve this through:

  •  Outstanding quality and innovation delivered through the excellence and commitment of our people.
  • Our commitment to continually improving the effectiveness of the Bord na Móna quality system.
  • Setting meaningful and challenging objectives for the company and for our employees.
  • At all times complying with the requirements of our customers, of the Bord na Móna quality system and all associated regulatory requirements.

 

IPC licences

We operate our peat production activities under the following nine Integrated Pollution Control licences regulated and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

  • Littleton (P0400-01)
  • Boora (P0500-01)
  • Derrygreenagh (P0501-01)
  • Blackwater (P0502-01)
  • Allen (P0503-01)
  • Mountdillon (P0504-01)
  • Oweninny (P0505-01)
  • Kilberry (P0506-01)
  • Cuil na Mona (P0507-01)

These licences are in operation since 2000 and cover all of our activities in the Shannon, Barrow, Nore, Suir, Boyne, Liffey and Oweninny River catchments. Each IPC Licence contains 14 conditions relating to emissions to water, air and land and to the rehabilitation of cutaway bogs. Under these licences, emission limit values are set and are regulated and enforced by the EPA.

Bord na Móna submits an Annual Environmental Report (AER) to the EPA in March of each year for each of its licenced areas. These reports are available to download directly from the EPA website. Bord na Móna Peat’s production activities both for fuel and horticulture peat are currently the only IPC licensed peat production activities in Ireland.

 

ISO Certification – Bord na Mona Feedstock is certified to the quality standard ISO 9001.

In 2012, Bord na Mona Feedstock achieved the Energy Standard ISO50001 at its Mountdillon Works. ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Measure the results
  • Review how well the policy works, and
  • Continually improve energy management.