Ireland exported 393,000 tonnes of peat last year
18 May 2023
Nearly 400,000 tonnes of peat were exported from Ireland last year.
The information, which comes from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showed that 392,853 tonnes of peat were released last year, along with 58,000 tonnes in the first two months of this year.
The 2022 figure (392,853t) is down by a third when compared to the 579,573t of peat exported in the previous year, which itself was a significant drop from the 919,371t exported in 2020.
In 2016, just over one million tonnes of peat were exported from Ireland.
According to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, 32,707t of peat were imported into the country in 2022, over 30,000t of which came from Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000t were imported from the Netherlands, while a similar amount was also brought in from Germany. Smaller amounts of peat were imported from Britain (223t), Lithuania (211t) and Canada (5t).
In the first two months of this year, 3,429t of peat were imported.
The CSO figures include all types of peat, including briquettes and substrates where peat is mixed with other materials such as fertiliser, perlite, sand, lime, wood fibre and bark. The figures do not differentiate between peat used for horticulture and that used for heating.
Minster McConalogue noted that the DAFM has no responsibility for, and does not monitor, peat production in Ireland.