Peat improves energy security in Lithuania
Lithuania’s position among European countries is exceptional with regard to its energy supply. It is an energy island with very limited access to European gas and electricity networks. With this in mind, Lithuania sees peat as part of the solution for improving its energy security. In 2015, the Lithuanian Government approved “the National Heat Sector Development Programme 2015–2021”, providing opportunities for wider usage (5–11% of the total energy balance) of energy peat in the Lithuanian heating sector.
The peat industry already employs more than 1,300 people in Lithuania and is an integral part of the country’s heating palette. With Lithuania’s peat reserves suitable for production estimated at 248 TWh, there is potential for much wider use. Taking advantage of these reserves would create the opportunity to supply 1.8 million households with heating and reduce natural gas imports correspondingly.