Klasmann Deilman sees climate footprint improve

German growing media company Klasmann's new sustainability report says its emissions from peat extraction are "considerably lower than previously assumed".

Klasmann says its climate footprint improved to 271,000 t of CO2 equivalent. This corresponds to average emission levels of 80/kg/m3 of substrate, a reduction of 3 kg/m3 compared to 2014.

The company had rtevenues of 176.0m euros in 2015's financial year, up from 165m euros. Substrates reamined 73 per cent of turnover. Sales of raw peat were up from 19.2m euros to 21m euros, with a consumer sector increase from 10.7m euros to 12.6m euros.

The production of green compost suitable for substrates rose to 96,000m3 in 2015 from 89,000m3 in 2014. Wood fibre production rose from 99,000m3 to 138,000m3. Extraction of raw peat materials fell to 3,168,000m3 from 3,297,000m3.

Klasmann said: "For reasons of quality and availability, peat will-as with other uses-remain essential as the main component in this sector (as well as for professional growers, although herre too the ultilisation of alternative constituents for substrates is continuing."

The company said efforts to combine the European certification system 'Responsibly Sourced Peat' and the "competing" British Growing Media Association's 'Responsible Sourcing and Manufacture of Growing Media' system, which covers a wider range of ingredients, are "progressing only slowly". A Defra scheme to phase out peat use in horticulture by 2030 led to the GMA scheme, which has tested its certification in UK and Ireland producers, including Klasmann in Ireland.

The company reports that the German Minstry for the Environment has stated that commercial horticulture cannot do without peat "as alternative constituents are neither sufficiently developed nor available in the quantity and quality required".

Of the company's 937 staff, 63 are in Ireland. There are 362 staff in Germany, 301 in Lithuania and 100 in Latvia, which all have production sites.

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