Underutilization of peat as an energy source


Peat is decayed, fibrous substance consisting of partially decomposed and disintegrated mosses, sedges, trees, grasses, reeds, algae etc. in a water-saturated environment. It has traditionally served as an alternative fuelwood for household purposes in rural areas. It has a high moisture content that has to be reduce before usage, but in comparison with fossil fuels very low sulphur dioxide emissions. The exploitation of peat land on a large scale can affect ecology, climate and hydrology, dust may cause itching and symptoms of rhinitis. However, peat land utilization provides energy and land for agriculture or forestry.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST