By inves­ting in the rewet­ting of peat­lands, we are com­mit­ted to genui­ne cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion and biodiversity.

Cli­ma­te neu­tra­li­ty seems to be the ulti­ma­te goal – for coun­tries, com­pa­nies and pri­va­te indi­vi­du­als. More and more com­pa­nies are tur­ning to car­bon off­set pro­jects – pri­ma­ri­ly in deve­lo­ping coun­tries – in order to com­pen­sa­te for the car­bon foot­print they have crea­ted here (at least on paper). Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, it is far too easy, cheap and uncon­trol­led for a com­pa­ny to call its­elf CO2-neu­tral becau­se of such pro­jects. Many com­pa­nies also claim to be cli­ma­te-neu­tral, which is incre­a­singly being admo­nis­hed by the courts.

At Land­pack, we real­ly stri­ve for CO2 neu­tra­li­ty across all three scopes. Thus, we use 100% green gas and 100% regio­nal green electri­ci­ty in pro­duc­tion and admi­nis­tra­ti­on. Thanks to our paten­ted straw fiber pro­ces­sing tech­no­lo­gy, we have mini­mi­zed our ener­gy con­sump­ti­on to just 20–25 kWh/m³, 2% of Sty­ro­foam. By sourcing straw as a local raw mate­ri­al, we keep trans­port distan­ces wit­hin a radi­us of less than 10 km. Emis­si­ons that nevertheless occur– like when pro­du­cing our card­board boxes or trans­por­ting our pack­a­ging to cus­to­mers – we off­set through Moor­Fu­tures® car­bon credits.

Peat­lands play a cri­ti­cal role in cli­ma­te and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. The peat in peat­lands stores twice as much car­bon as is con­tai­ned in the world’s forests. Thus, peat­lands are the lar­gest car­bon store on earth. Alt­hough we have known this for a long time, 1/5 of all peat­lands world­wi­de and in Ger­ma­ny even 95% (!) of the peat­lands are drai­ned, tur­ning the valu­able car­bon store into a green­house source. 5% of the total Ger­man green­house gas emis­si­ons come from the drai­ned moor soils.

Moor­Fu­tures® stop green­house gas emis­si­ons by rewet­ting peat­lands and bind CO2 in the long term. At the same time, Moor­Fu­tures® pre­ser­ve the diver­se moor­land habi­tat and enab­le the pro­tec­tion of biodiversity.

In con­trast to inter­na­tio­nal CO2 cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, Moor­Fu­tures® are based on peat­land pro­tec­tion pro­jects in Ger­ma­ny that are visi­ble and veri­fia­ble for ever­yo­ne and are – at 65€/tonne CO2 – far abo­ve the usu­al com­pen­sa­ti­on projects.

The rele­van­ce of peat­lands as cli­ma­te pro­tec­tors is illus­tra­ted by the recent award of Prof. Dr. Hans Joos­ten with the Ger­man Envi­ron­men­tal Award of the Ger­man Federal Envi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­ti­on. Through his rese­arch and deca­des-long fight against peat­land drai­na­ge, the peat­land sci­en­tist repeated­ly draws atten­ti­on to the fact that we urgent­ly need peat­lands as cli­ma­te protectors.