2010-11-09 - 2010-11-10

DGMT visits Hawita

The Lauterbach production facility is visited

Under the subject of “Use and Substitution of Peat-Responsible Utilization of Raw Materials in an Age of Climate Change”, the DGMT invited a large circle of participants to Fulda for the specialized conference. Apart from representatives from politics and the competent state authorities, representatives from the Central Horticultural Association (ZVG), the Substrate Quality Seal Association, the Federal Peat and Humus Business Association, the nature conservation associations Bund and Nabu, and other interested persons were invited. The discussions centered on the current status of alternative raw material availability and utilization. It was recorded that no more than 10% of aggregates are available that could be used as mixing components for substrates. Energy utilization competes directly with the substrate and humus industry because of the burning/conversion to electricity and, on top of that, is supported through subsidies and a bonus when humus substances are burned. Participants also talked about the issue of the negative climate effects of CO2 emissions from peat extraction and the utilization of areas (Lower Saxony in particular) where peat had been removed. The representative of the ZVG, Mr. Pake, pointed out that his business depends on high-quality substrates and he trusts in his soil suppliers. The BUND representatives called for not using any more peat in substrates, a proposal that was not understood at all by the other participants in view of the specialized contributions made earlier.

In a tour of the production facility of the Hawita Group, the Archut industrial soils plant in Lauterbach, participants could see on the last day of the conference how substrates are mixed in a modern soil plant and what aggregates are added. Mr. Caspers, the manager of the event, thanked the representatives of the Hawita Group for organizing the tour and providing an insight into the production process. He indicated that the use of raw materials and manufacturing of substrates has reached a very advanced technical level, allowing aggregates to be used with care and efficiency.

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