First visit to Klasmann-Deilmann

District Administrator Burgdorf visits headquarters in Geeste

In February, Marc-Andre Burgdorf, the District Administrator of the Emsland district newly elected last summer, visited Klasmann-Deilmann’s head office in Geeste. It turned out that the Emsland district and Klasmann-Deilmann have many points of intersection.

District Administrator Burgdorf was particularly interested in our project to recultivate bog areas with peat moss. This is particularly interesting for the restoration of the “Tinner Dose”, a nature reserve, which was severely damaged by fire in 2018. This nature reserve is the only large natural marshland in western Lower Saxony that has not been touched industrially. Furthermore, there is a common interest in developing the Emsland for tourism.

The Managing Directors of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group Bernd Wehming and Moritz Böcking welcomed District Administrator Marc-André Burgdorf (centre) together with Jan Köbbing (Sustainability Manager) and Bert von Seggern (Production & Sustainability). The peat mosses in front of the Innovation Center in Geeste illustrate how the moss can develop in a bog that is to be restored.

Common interests

“The district of Emsland appreciates us as experts for the renaturation of former extraction areas. Today we have also introduced ourselves as a provider for accelerated rewetting of moor soils. In this way we can offer the district a real innovation in nature and climate protection”, said Moritz Böcking about the discussion with Marc-Andre Burgdorf. “At the same time, our demand for renewable raw materials, which are becoming increasingly important for our substrates, is growing. We need green residues for composting, we need direct access to wood for our wood fiber production. We are glad that we were able to address this issue. Marc-Andre Burgdorf has promised us his support.”

Overall, the Emsland District Administrator was very pleased with what the company is doing for the region, both as an employer and from an ecological and economic perspective.