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#Peat

# peat - This week 27th November 2022 - 1st December 2022

Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy

Tue 5:18 PM 19,097 Views 0 Comments

It can take 1,000 years for a metre of peat to form.

# peat - This year 2022

Citizens' Assembly told of need to maintain peatlands while supporting 'just transition'
# Peatlands
# Peatlands

Citizens' Assembly told of need to maintain peatlands while supporting 'just transition'

Oct 16th 2022, 7:07 PM 10,002 Views 4 Comments

The Citizens’ Assembly has concluded its fourth meeting with an in-depth discussion on restoring and regenerating Ireland’s peatlands.

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction
# Investigation
# Investigation

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction

Jun 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 29,397 Views 11 Comments
  • The Irish branch of peat giant Klasmann-Deilmann is being investigated by the EPA in relation to peat extraction in the Midlands, writes Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent
  • In June 2021, the EPA warned Klasmann it was of the view that the company was committing a serious and ongoing breach of EU environmental law
  • Almost a dozen other large-scale peat extractors are also under investigation by the environmental watchdog
Poll: Should there be a ban on the sale of turf?
# Peat
# Peat

Poll: Should there be a ban on the sale of turf?

Apr 14th 2022, 9:31 AM 45,628 Views 67 Comments

Leo Varadkar has said that a blanket ban on the sale and distribution of turf locally would be “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.

Removing turf-cutting from rural Ireland would be like removing wine from the French - Varadkar
# Turf Wars
# Turf Wars

Removing turf-cutting from rural Ireland would be like removing wine from the French - Varadkar

Updated Apr 13th 2022, 6:45 PM 49,813 Views 112 Comments

Concerns were raised about turf not being available for sale in shops, particularly given the energy crisis and rising inflation.

Calls to allow commercial peat harvesting but expert says it would be a 'bad step' for climate
# Turf
# Turf

Calls to allow commercial peat harvesting but expert says it would be a 'bad step' for climate

Mar 10th 2022, 6:01 PM 17,170 Views 40 Comments

TDs Carol Nolan and Charlie Flanagan have said the government should look at the ban in light of energy insecurity issues.

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent

Jan 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,093 Views 41 Comments
  • The cutting of peat has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • No ministerial consents have been granted by the State to allow cutting in any of the protected raised bog network sites
  • Just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs remain after decades of peat-cutting and land reclamation

# peat - Last year 2021

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law

Nov 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 38,141 Views 31 Comments
  • Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
  • Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
  • Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals
Unpublished report calls on Ireland to end peat imports
# Peat Production
# Peat Production

Unpublished report calls on Ireland to end peat imports

Nov 14th 2021, 11:51 AM 27,211 Views 35 Comments

The importation of peat to Ireland does not make ‘environmental, economic or ethical sense’, according to a working group report.

'We've made tough decisions': How Bord na Móna became worth €1.25 billion in less than two years
# Bogs
# Bogs

'We've made tough decisions': How Bord na Móna became worth €1.25 billion in less than two years

Nov 14th 2021, 8:00 AM 45,492 Views 26 Comments

The company has radically changed in a short amount of time. But how did they do it? And at what cost?

Delay to much-awaited report on peat alternatives ‘very concerning’
# For Peat's Sake
# For Peat's Sake

Delay to much-awaited report on peat alternatives ‘very concerning’

Oct 2nd 2021, 1:35 PM 20,599 Views 33 Comments

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy said it was deeply worrying that the report, initially scheduled for the end of September, had been pushed back.

'Most polluting' solid fuels to be banned in Ireland within a year
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

'Most polluting' solid fuels to be banned in Ireland within a year

Sep 7th 2021, 8:28 AM 52,110 Views 68 Comments

Each year some 1,300 people die in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning.

Bord na Móna peat briquettes will no longer be made after 2024
# Bogs
# Bogs

Bord na Móna peat briquettes will no longer be made after 2024

Jan 15th 2021, 11:42 AM 58,447 Views 47 Comments

The semi-state company has formally ended its peat harvesting.

# peat - All time

'I do feel let down': Midlands Bord na Móna workers in documentary on peat transition
# TG4
# TG4

'I do feel let down': Midlands Bord na Móna workers in documentary on peat transition

Feb 5th 2020, 12:47 PM 16,081 Views 19 Comments

The documentary will be aired at 9.30pm on TG4 tonight.

Bord na Móna announces plan to redeploy 200 workers
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

Bord na Móna announces plan to redeploy 200 workers

Oct 16th 2019, 6:41 PM 14,370 Views 15 Comments

The State-owned company has agreed to embark on a programme of rehabilitation of bogs in the midlands.

Landmark High Court challenge against State over peat regulations opens before High Court
# Challenge
# Challenge

Landmark High Court challenge against State over peat regulations opens before High Court

Sep 5th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,714 Views 0 Comments

The action has been taken by the environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment.

Bord na Móna power plant to remain open despite environmental concerns
# Jobs Saved
# Jobs Saved

Bord na Móna power plant to remain open despite environmental concerns

Dec 23rd 2016, 8:03 PM 10,013 Views 33 Comments

Hundreds of jobs are safe, but concerns have been raised about the environmental impact of the Co Offaly plant.

Yes, these face masks made from Irish peat are real
# For Peat's Sake
From The Daily Edge
# For Peat's Sake

Yes, these face masks made from Irish peat are real

Mar 3rd 2015, 10:54 AM 3,730 Views 4 Comments

Smearing bog on your face might be the secret to eternal youth.

Your television may be running on turf. Really
# Bog Cuttings
# Bog Cuttings

Your television may be running on turf. Really

Sep 1st 2014, 6:45 AM 10,430 Views 22 Comments

Around 6% of the nations power is still drawn from peat burning power stations.

Do you use solid fuels? It's going to get more expensive tomorrow
# Carbon Tax
# Carbon Tax

Do you use solid fuels? It's going to get more expensive tomorrow

Apr 30th 2014, 7:30 AM 14,394 Views 92 Comments

The carbon tax increase will add around €1.20 to a 40kg bag of coal and 26 cent to a bale of briquettes.

Last year's poor peat harvest cost Bord Na Móna over €23m
# Bord Na Móna
# Bord Na Móna

Last year's poor peat harvest cost Bord Na Móna over €23m

Jul 22nd 2013, 7:55 PM 5,224 Views 14 Comments

However the company still managed to make a profit of €9.2 million last year.

Bad news for fossil fuels: cost of coal and briquettes to rise today
# Carbon Tax
# Carbon Tax

Bad news for fossil fuels: cost of coal and briquettes to rise today

May 1st 2013, 6:30 AM 12,927 Views 104 Comments

The Government is extending the carbon tax to solid fuels from today.

Deenihan welcomes over 1,000 turf cutters’ compensation applications
# Bogs
# Bogs

Deenihan welcomes over 1,000 turf cutters’ compensation applications

Aug 9th 2012, 6:45 AM 2,951 Views 43 Comments

However the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association say they will not stop cutting turf until the government provides relocation bogs.

Turf cutters claim victory as minister says they must "work within the law"
# Turf Cutters
# Turf Cutters

Turf cutters claim victory as minister says they must "work within the law"

Jun 21st 2012, 9:31 PM 7,474 Views 45 Comments

An overnight stand-off at a bog in Galway ended today.

150 Galway turf-cutters in overnight stand-off with Gardaí
# Turf Cutting
# Turf Cutting

150 Galway turf-cutters in overnight stand-off with Gardaí

Jun 21st 2012, 9:29 AM 5,964 Views 64 Comments

The turf-cutters demonstrated at the protected Clonmoylan Bog as Gardaí tried to remove their equipment.

Bord na Móna staff to stage two more work stoppages
# Industrial Relations
# Industrial Relations

Bord na Móna staff to stage two more work stoppages

Jun 11th 2012, 7:28 PM 2,766 Views 30 Comments

The agency has slammed the group of unions for the decision.

Bord na Móna staff to strike over pay proposals
# Bord Na Móna
# Bord Na Móna

Bord na Móna staff to strike over pay proposals

Jun 5th 2012, 8:04 AM 2,116 Views 22 Comments

A majority of staff voted last week to reject a pay deal agreed between trade unions and management.

It's official: Ireland is turfing out its bogs
# Turf
# Turf

It's official: Ireland is turfing out its bogs

Jul 19th 2010, 5:34 PM 143 Views 0 Comments

Bord na Móna’s turnover and profits are down, but it’s happy to move away from peat.