BORD NA MÓNA expects to be in the peat business for the next quarter century, a conference was told in Tullamore.
Delegates to the International Peat Congress heard that the company, the second largest individual producer of peat in the world, is currently conducting a detailed study to determine the quantity of recoverable peat resources.
Managing Director Gabriel D’Arcy said that on the basis of the estimates to hand Bord na Móna will continue to be a peat company for the next 25 years.
“In this regard, Bord na Móna is now actively pursuing the co-fuelling (burning peat and wood together) option which is a cleaner and more efficient process of producing energy,” he said.
Bord na Móna is hosting the Congress, opened by Taoiseach Brian Cowen with 500 delegates from 20 countries attending.
Natural Resources Minister Eamonn Ryan said climate change is the challenge of this generation. Action now, not later, has to be the rallying call.
These challenges also present enormous opportunities for business and industry in Ireland and across the world.
“We must take a balanced approach when considering the impact of the use of peat, both in Ireland and globally,” he said.
“I congratulate the Society on its continued efforts to ensure that the use of peat does not have a negative impact on the environment,” he said.
Minister Ryan said ensuring sustainability, best environmental practice and long-term planning is critical.
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