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Peatlands: Commercial Exploitation - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Lord Teverson Lord Teverson Chair, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee 2:37 pm, 9th September 2019

My Lords, I welcome some progress in this area, but the Minister will know that our peatlands hold the equivalent, or a carbon sink, of something like 20 years of industrial emissions. Although I welcome things such as the peat restoration programme, surely it is better that they are not destroyed in the first place than that they need to be reconstituted? The voluntary process for reducing the commercial use of peat is not meeting its target, so when are we going to have mandatory targets that end the use of peat for commercial reasons?