Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) has called on construction and supermarkets to stop selling peat-containing potting soil for climate protection reasons. This emerges from a letter from the minister to the company heads, as the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” reported on Saturday. In it, Klöckner emphasizes that the use of peat contributes two percent to the emission of greenhouse gases in Germany. But there are substitutes, the use of which impacts the climate much less.
In the letter to the managers, Klöckner therefore points out that the federal government is striving to phase out peat use in potting soil by the end of 2026. This is part of the government’s climate protection program. She wants to achieve the goal “if possible on a voluntary basis,” said Klöckner.
Her ministry is working on a strategy to reduce peat consumption in Germany, which should be presented later this year, according to the information. The strategy is part of the measures to reduce greenhouse gases in agriculture, which are necessary in the course of the federal government’s climate protection law.