Ireland’s peat-harvesting board Born na Móna,has announced that it will stop the harvesting process by 2030 in a commitment to move to new sustainable businesses.
Bord na Móna have called it ‘the biggest change of use involving Irish land in modern history’.
They say that the 125,000 acres of bogland now being used to provide energy peat to three powerstations will transition to new uses by 2030. After 2030 the company will no longer harvest energy peat and rehabilitate Irish bogs to support new eco-tourism and community amenity resources. “Bord na Móna has a mandate from the Irish people to develop the natural resources located on these bogs for the benefit of the Irish people,” said CEO Mike Quinn said.
“That mandate means our business was, is and will remain rooted in the bogs of Ireland. For the last eight decades we have underpinned Ireland’s energy security by supplying peat from Irish bogs to powerstations. Chairman, John Horgan, said: “Today’s announcement is an historic one for our great company.
The task of reorienting Bord na Móna from being nearly solely focused on energy peat into other business areas has been going on for some time.
“By announcing the 2030 target today we are for the first time, putting an end date on that transition period. The change is significant not just in terms of the land use but in terms both of how we perceive ourselves and how we will be perceived.
Whatever else changes however will continue to be a company that is rooted in the Irish bogs, delivering in many different ways for the Irish people and the State”.