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.

Broader Problems:
Unexplored energy alternatives
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
06.05.2019 – 21:03 CEST