€600K Peatlands Restoration Scheme Launched in Wicklow

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100 hectares to be rewetted as part of major European transport event visiting Dublin this year

As part of the Transport Research Arena (TRA2024) our clients launched a €600,000 peatlands rewetting project in County Wicklow as part of the planning of the conference which took place in Dublin, April 15th to 18th. TRA is the largest European event to address all aspects of transport and mobility and it is estimated that it brought in €7 million to the Irish economy.

The rewetting initiative will restore 100 hectares of degraded blanket bog in Wicklow Mountains National Park, in a collaboration bringing together TRA2024, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Transport.

Healthy peatlands are the most efficient, long-term and concentrated carbon stores and sinks in our planet’s biosphere. One hectare of restored blanket bog avoids 10 tonnes of carbon loss per year, and with a lifetime of thousands of years it will carry on capturing carbon long into the future.

Example of a peatland restoration project in County Wicklow. The €600k rewetting initiative announced by Transport Research Arena will restore 100 hectares of degraded blanket bog in Wicklow Mountains National Park, in a collaboration bringing together TRA, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Transport.

Director of TRA2024 Dublin Dr Albert Daly says making a positive environmental impact is important to the organisers: “Hosting TRA2024 in Dublin is a fantastic opportunity and as an island nation, we are conscious that bringing people here contributes to the event’s carbon footprint. This major Peatland Restoration project – which will prevent the release of nearly 1000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere annually for many years to come – serves as a reminder of the importance of developing low-carbon transport, which is one of the priorities at TRA2024”.

Dr Billy O’Keeffe, senior geologist/hydrogeologist at TII, who lead the initiative, said: “This Wetlands Restoration Project harnesses the power of one of our greatest natural assets. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, healthy blanket bogs can improve water quality, prevent flooding and reduce the risk of drought and wildfires. They are also richly biodiverse, offering habitats for a massive array of plants, birds and insects.”

The TRA2024 Dublin event brought together over 4000 delegates to discuss all modes of transport including road, rail, air, water and cross modality, in urban, inter-urban and rural settings. The importance of developing sustainable transport was a significant part of the conference programme, with one of the four days being fully dedicated to discusions around the themes of decarbonisation and improving transport sustainability.

At CPI we feel that is important to incorporate a sustainable initiative into every conference budget to try to offset the carbon emission produced by the running of a conference. It is even more crucial for demonstrating environmental responsibility and aligning with global sustainability goals. By investing in eco-friendly practices or making more environmentally concious choice during planning, you contribute to resource preservation, carbon footprint reduction, and waste minimization, positively impacting the planet.

TRA2024 is supported by the European Commission and the Irish Government.

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