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Responsibly Produced Peat certification ensures that peatland will be used, managed and restored in a responsible way

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To develop and administrate a certification scheme for the responsible and transparent production of peat resources.

To stimulate and facilitate the certification of companies based on a certification scheme. RPP certification ensures that responsible peat production is recognizable for the market and the society.

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Responsibly Produced Peat aims for broad support in Europe and mainstream application.

The Principles and Criteria of Responsibly Produced Peat are both practical and credible, and the certification system is established in consultation with various stakeholders and organizations. Mainstream application will result in responsible managing of peatlands to reach a healthy balance between conservation and utilization of peatlands.

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Why do we need peat?

Advantages of peat

Peat soil is particularly suitable for horticulture and facilitates the use of other raw materials. We need growing media to produce vegetables, flowers and plants.

Free of pathogens 

The most important feature is that peat has many beneficial organisms but almost no plant pathogens or weed seed . It comes from natural areas with little risk of contamination with harmful organisms.

Optimal water retention and aeration

For centuries peat was formed from plant remains in marshy wetlands. The result is a fibrous material that holds water well and ensures good aeration. Their root structure provide perfect conditions for young plants to shoot.

Low pH value and nutrient content

Peat is acidic by nature and low in nutrients which means that by adding a desired amount of lime and nutrients almost all plant specific requirements can be realized.

The situation

 The Dutch Covenant

on the Environmental Impact of Potting Soil and Substrates

The aim of this covenant is to reduce the environmental impact of substrates in the chain. To achieve this reduction, efforts by the parties will include encouraging concerned entrepreneurs to:

(a) make more use of renewable raw materials and

(b) use only certified peat. 

For 2025, the aim is for substrates containing peat raw materials to carry the RPP label (or equivalent) 100% of the time. 

Besides the environmental impact, this also concerns nature restoration and the biodiversity of peatlands.

The covenant was signed on November 18, 2022 by 15 parties from the business community, The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Minister for Climate and Energy Policy on behalf of the State of the Netherlands, knowledge organizations and NGOs.


English translation Covenant (see article 6, page 7 for the role of RPP).

Press release on the website of the VPN, the Dutch Association of Potting Soil and Substrate Producers (in Dutch).