Defra calls for peat to be phased out by 2030

Defra has published a consultation outlining proposals to phase out the use of peat by 2030.

The Defra consultation proposes a ban on the use of peat by amateur gardeners by 2020, extending to growers and producers by 2030.

Natural environment minister Richard Benyon said:  "The horticultural industry has made real progress in reducing peat use, but I want to see peat eliminated from the amateur gardener market by 2020 – we need to go further if we are to protect our natural environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"This will be challenging, but more sustainable and good quality peat-free alternatives are already available, and I believe it is achievable for peat to be phased out in all markets before 2030."

Proposals include:

  • Phase out peat use in the government, local authorities and the wider public sector by 2015
  • Phase out peat in the amateur gardening market by 2020 – includes ‘grow bags’ and multi-purpose compost.
  • Phase out peat use by growers and producers by 2030
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of progress in 2015
  • Establish an industry-led and time-limited taskforce to identify opportunities and barriers in the professional horticulture sector

 


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

The SIVAL horticultural trade show in Angers, France, this week (16-18 January) heard about several initiatives to promote more environmentally sustainable orchard growing.

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

Published on 11 January, the Government's long-awaited 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' brings together a number of policy strands into a single framework that will impact many sectors, not least fresh produce, over the coming decades.

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

At the Oxford Farming Conference, whose theme was "embracing change", Defra secretary Michael Gove expanded on what a post-Brexit UK agriculture and land-use policy will look like and how it will impact farmers and growers.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon