Social and Economical Responsibility
In 2006 peat industry commissioned and funded a research report carried out by the Technical Research Centre in Finland (VTT), providing the first comprehensive overview of energy peat production and use in the EU. The study was updated in 2010 to provide an up-to-date overview of the energy peat industry in the European Union.
Focusing on the principal European energy peat producers and consumers, i.e. Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden, the report demonstrates on the one hand how important peat is as a local energy source (ensuring security of supply), and on the other, what social impact it makes in these countries by providing employment.
The results show that in the examined countries almost 2 million people depend on energy generated from peat which covers up to 7% of the primary energy consumption in this region. In Ireland where peat is one of the scarce domestic energy sources and hence included in the fuel mix, peat makes for as much as 8.5% of the whole electricity sector and in Finland 22% of all fuel used by Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants is peat.
As the study proves, the social impact of peat, in particular in terms of creating jobs, must not be neglected either. The total employment effect of peat production and use is 12,000 – 15,000 man years, including direct and indirect employment. The social benefits of peat production are mostly visible in rural and remote areas, where peat is sometimes one of the very few sources of jobs and extra income.
The study was updated by VTT in 2010 to give a more accurate overview of the energy peat industry in the European Union. More information about this study can be found here.
1. Providing peat extraction information showing essential information concerning the production and environmental areas for citizens.
2. Displaying environmental licenses of production sites and the environmental figures required in these licenses.
3. Providing the appropriate channels and opportunities to interact with citizens, local and European
authorities through events, websites and site visits.