Peat in Germany

The majority of the peatlands are located in the north of Germany such as Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Brandenburg. The German WEC Member Committee reports a total peatland area of some 14 000 km2 and the proved amount of peat in place is 157 million tonnes, of which about 23% is considered to be recoverable.

Approximately 60% is farmed, with only a small proportion (less than 10%) used for peat production. Energy use of peat is reported to be very limited at present, virtually all production being destined for agricultural/horticultural uses or for the manufacture of activated carbon. A small amount of energy-grade peat is exported.