Evidence-Based

LCA Growing Media Constituents
Life Cycle Assessment of Growing Media Constituents

In 2012, EPAGMA presented a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on growing media constituents conducted by the independent research company, Quantis. Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialised in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations.

The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of the environmental impacts of growing media. The results of the study helped EPAGMA to identify further actions for a more sustainable development of our business. The LCA has formed the basis for the preparation of EPAGMA’s Sustainability Roadmap.

In this regard, the Quantis study marked the beginning of a far-reaching process for increasingly integrating life-cycle thinking to all business decisions. EPAGMA members are committed to regularly assessing the improvement of the industry and communicating best practices throughout the supply chain in the context of its Sustainability Roadmap.

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Energy peat industry in the European Union - VTT study

In 2006, EPAGMA 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 12000 – 15000 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.

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