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Industry summit

The Industry summit of the IPC 2020 will take place on Tuesday 16 June 2020 at the main Congress venue – Alexela Concert Hall.

The industry summit is organised for practitioners and top executives of peatland and peat companies that rely upon peatland and/or peat products for a significant part of their business. The focus is on discussing, changing ideas and presenting viewpoints on the key issues in the peat industry, however, not only the economy but also social and environmental aspects will be considered. Inter alia, the following issues will be addressed: global peat demand for energy and horticulture; peat in the context of climate politics; social impacts of peatland use; new production technologies and applications of peat; certification of peatland, peat and peat containing growing media, etc.

At the end of the day, all the participants of the summit are welcome to join the special dinner at the Tallinn TV Tower restaurant.


Top management of a) peat and peat products industries, and b) companies involved in peatland management for agriculture, forestry, palm oil production and others.


  • To be informed by senior representatives from industry, science and environmental management bodies about the role and challenges of peat and peatlands in global climate change mitigation strategies.
  • To disseminate knowledge on peat and peatland resources that are used by peat industries globally and to assess requirements until 2050.
  • To provide an international forum to discuss these developments and find solutions.


  • To increase awareness of the potential impact from global climate change mitigation strategies on the use of peatlands and peat for economic purposes, and vice versa.
  • To increase awareness on the potential impact from global and regional social challenges (e.g. food security) on the use of peatlands for economic purposes.
  • To explain the need for corporate commitments to research and policy development on peatlands and peat.
  • To provide the international and regional bodies with information on the expected global demand for economic use of peatlands and manufacture of peat-containing products between now and 2050.
  • To improve awareness by senior corporate executives of the potential economic opportunities (e.g. carbon accounting/trading and mitigation) that could impact corporate planning and management of peatland resources.
  • To clarify the opportunity that peat industries have, to understand, influence and challenge these global changes.
  • To provide a networking opportunity for senior corporate executives and senior global policy makers and decision takers at the international conventions and agreement level.
  • To profile the value and role that the International Peatland Society has and can play in contributing to responsible peatland management policies at the international level.


  • Peat and peatland industries will be better informed of the challenges and risks to their business.
  • A summary of the sessions by the principle moderator outlining the concerns and issues heard from the presentations. 
  • The IPS will commit to working with peatland management industries and international bodies and agencies, including in the tropics, and elsewhere to promote responsible peatland management and promote this concept in international and regional fora.

INDUSTRY SUMMIT TALLINN2020 –  Future of the peat industry in frames of climate politics               

Preliminary programme

Part I: Overview of current situation
8:30       Why are we here today
8:40       Peat in context of global climate politics (international conventions)
9:00       Impact of peat extraction on national and global greenhouse gas emissions 2020–2050
9:20       Global peat and growing media demand for horticulture 2020–2050
9:40       Sustainability of Growing Media
10:00     Coffee
10:20     Peat in context of EU climate politics
10:40     Peat in context of Canadian and US climate politics
11:00     Peat in context of climate politics in Southeast Asia
11:20     Panel Discussion Peat & Global Climate Politics
12:10     Lunch

Part II: The Big Picture  
13:10     Global food security 2050
13:20     The future of Global Food Markets
13:40     Global problems of land usage 2050

Part III: Finding Solutions           
14:00     What has to change by 2030
14:20     Better uses of peat & peat alternatives
14:40     Coffee
15:00     Peatland restoration and rewetting – do these reduce GHG emission?
15:20     Certification of peatland, peat and peat containing growing media
15:40     Carbon capture & compensation mechanism, or: Up-, re-cycling and re-usage of the peat
16:00     Panel Discussion: What has to change
17:00     End
19:00     Industrial Dinner

Alongside with the Mid-Congress field trips on Wednesday 17 June, the Industrial excursions take place. There will be six different field trips to visit production sites, substrate factories, ports, etc.

Please see the excursion programme here.