Written Question: Peat harvesting

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 2 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001209/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Luke Ming Flanagan (The Left)

Subject: Peat harvesting

In January 2021, Bord na Móna announced that they had permanently ended all peat harvesting operations. Recently, they informed businesses that the remaining supply of peat that had originally been allocated to the horticultural industry was being reallocated to retail factories in Ireland and the UK.

Pressure has been put on the Member States to transition rapidly away from using fossil fuels in order to reduce their carbon footprints. Phasing out the use of peat is a realistic goal only if there are good and viable alternatives that can be used in industries such as horticulture.

  1. What is the EU doing to find a suitable replacement for peat?
  2. How is it logical to remove all peat harvesting from Ireland, for Ireland to then import it from other countries, meaning not only is it still being harvested but the increased carbon footprint of the transportation means more pollution and emissions?
  3. What is the carbon footprint for every articulated vehicle loaded with peat transported by road from the Baltic countries versus the carbon footprint of Member States, such as Ireland, that continue to harvest enough peat for industries such as horticulture?
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