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Böcking: Round table should bring grea­ter cla­ri­ty

18.09.2016 | Author: Dirk Röse | 0 Comments
Bundestag member Daniela De Ridder and State Secretary Michael Rüter visit Klasmann-Deilmann

Member of the Bundestag Dr Daniela De Ridder (SPD) has been on a visit to the Klasmann-Deilmann Group in Geeste. Managing Director Moritz Böcking brought her up to date with company developments in respect of peat harvesting, growing media and renewable energies. The meeting was also attended by the Federal Representative of Lower Saxony, State Secretary Michael Rüter, and the chair of the Emsland District SPD association Andrea Kötter. Moritz Böcking presented the visitors with his views on the need for alternative concepts for land development and State Secretary Rüter offered to help by bringing this issue to the attention of Hanover and Berlin.

Klasmann-Deilmann's managing director Moritz Böcking and Michael Rüter were in agreement that the different views on peat harvesting in Lower Saxony now had to be aired in a constructive debate. Böcking pointed out in this connection that the company has for many years been making successful efforts to use both peat and alternative materials in its growing media products.

“The discussion has been given a new impetus”, concluded Böcking. “We are now finding that we have something in common even with the environmental groups and other NGOs as soon as we point out that more than 40% of our products flow into the food economy.” In this respect Daniela De Ridder referred to the potential for setting up joint projects on development aid. “There is now a great deal of talk about fighting the root causes of migration at source”, she said. “Measures that promote self-sufficiency in food could therefore represent a small but extremely useful step forward.”

Böcking: a paradigm shift is needed

In view of the very limited opportunities for land development in Germany Böcking called for a paradigm change in this area. “The establishment of short-rotation plantations designed to produce sustainable fuels and the management of land for peat moss cultivation could deliver real progress in Lower Saxony when it comes to climate protection and the extensification of land use”, he explained before adding:

“To this end, however, we need to re-think those regulations that have in some ways become outdated or have developed in the wrong direction. Our industry is in any case reliant on support and funding for initiatives of this kind, especially where the provision of peat alternatives are concerned.”

In order to provide more information on this subject Michael Rüter proposed holding a round table “Garden and Soil 4.0”. “This will give all stakeholders a chance to have their say, exchange arguments, overcome any reticence and preconceptions and engage in a direct debate of the real issues. New initiatives are always welcome, especially from the SME sector”, says Rüter. “An open debate needs to be held as soon as possible - one that also includes the peat industry - if the opportunities available to us are not to be thrown away.”

On conclusion of the talks with the Klasmann-Deilmann Group in Geeste State Secretary Rüter went on to visit the Emsland Peat Museum. He was accompanied by Bundestag member Daniela De Ridder and the chair of the Emsland District SPD Association Andrea Kötter.

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Discussing the options for sustainable land use (from left): Peter Kramer, chairman of the Geeste branch of the SPD, Geerd Smidt, sustainability manager (Klasmann-Deilmann), Bundestag member Daniela De Ridder (SPD), State Secretary Michael Rüter, Managing Director Moritz Böcking (Klasmann-Deilmann), Andrea Kötter, chair of the SPD District Association, and Carsten Primke, head of the SPD's Meppen office.

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Dirk Röse | Head of Corporate Communications
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Dirk Röse has been at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2004 and heads up the Corporate Communications division. His contributions to our blog are mainly about the company’s latest news and day-to-day activities.

Competencies Editor

Hermann Limbers  | Head of Advisory Service & Quality Management
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Hermann Limbers has been with Klasmann-Deilmann since 1983. As part of the Product Development team, his contribution has included his instrumental role in establishing our range of Lithuanian growing media and our organic substrates. His present-day focuses are on international customer guidance and quality management. He consistently enriches our blog with his unique expertise on many aspects of raw materials and products.

Careers Editor

Kim Karotki | Corporate Communications
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Kim Karotki has, since 2015, enjoyed a wide-ranging remit pertaining to Klasmann-Deilmann’s internal communications. Her background in journalism stands her in good stead when it comes to researching and delving into complex issues. For her blog entries, she generally takes contributions to internal communications and explores them further; she also focuses on human-resources development and careers.

Sustainability Editor

Jan Köbbing | Sustainability Management
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Dr Jan Köbbing has been pursuing various research projects at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2015, on topics including Sphagnum farming and the restoration of former peat extraction sites. As Sustainability Manager, he also coordinates our emissions reduction measures and the preparation of our climate footprints. His contributions to our blog relate mainly to corporate social responsibility.