Existing production bogs, which have been in development and production for up to 40 years, will be rehabilitated when they reach the end of their production life. By 2030 all harvesting of energy peat will cease. Ballaghurt bog is typical of Bord na Móna’s existing energy production bogs. Learn more about the production history and future of Ballaghurt bog.
In the mid-1980s Bord na Móna began draining a number of bogs in Galway and Roscommon for future energy production. Our transition to co-firing and the displacement of peat with biomass means that none of these bogs will now be brought into energy peat production. Because they have never been in production, unlike our existing production bogs which have been in production for up to 40 years, these bogs are sufficiently unaltered to be capable of restoration.
Bord na Móna has committed that it will not drain or open any additional bogs or peatlands. Since 1970, Bord na Móna has been contributing to the conservation of significant raised bogs and fen habitat. That year, a decision was made to purchase part of Pollardstown Fen, Co. Kildare and Raheenmore Bog, Co. Offaly as its contribution to European Conservation Year. These sites were eventually donated to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.