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Carbon Connects

Carbon Connects: INTEREG, North-West Europe

Project Duration: 45 months (March 2018 - December 2021)
Total EU Budget: €4,453,431
Total Ireland (LIT) Budget: €340,250

Project Description

The EU INTERREG Carbon Connects is a North-West European project consisting of partners from Netherlands, France, Belgium, UK and Ireland. The project is aiming to reduce approximately 50% of the CO2 emissions caused by draining or burning agricultural peatlands. The goal of EU INTERREG Carbon Connects Project is enhancing the Carbon Sequestration of mismanaged and drained peatlands in North-West Europe by promoting sustainable bio-based business models by facilitating transformation in land use towards wet agriculture.

This project is also promoting “Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)” provided by rewetted and vegetated carbon sequestrating peatlands. The major activities of this project are raising water levels of mismanaged and drained peatlands, introducing new wet agricultural crops (cattail, reed, peat moss) for sequestrating carbon and harvesting biomass e.g. cattail as a raw material for building and 4) involving a wide range of stakeholders such as local authorities, policy makers, research institutions, farmers, landowners etc.

More details about EU INTERREG Carbon Connects here and details about business models can be viewed here.

Carbon Connects news

Latest news on the Carbon Connects project from LIT can be seen below.

30 June, 2020:
LIT researchers to host Carbon Connects webinar on future of Irish peatlands
2021  Updates:
Read our Carbon Connects Peatland Project 2021 Updates here

Project Objectives

   Carbon Connects aims to reduce the high carbon footprint of peatlands soils in Northwest Europe by introducing new bio-based business models developed for sustainable land management practices. The business models enable the capturing of carbon in bio-based products that marketed to different sectors such as construction, biogas and bio-energy and heat energy for domestic purposes.

By implementing the business models, Carbon Connects will:

  • Generate a Farmer-to-Farmer learning program to share best practices in each region by peers.
  • Develop a set of policy papers to scale up the required agricultural policy shift in NWE and EU.
  • Create an online collaborative living lab platform to have joint plan development and implementation of wet agriculture.
  • Set up an online toolbox of state of the art land use practices and business models to share knowledge.

Further Information

Project Factsheet

Project website


Seamus Hoyne
Development Unit Manager

Dr Amey Tilak
Project Officer

LIT Activities (Development Unit)

The LIT are collaborating with a European Innovation Project (EIP) known as “Freshwater Pearl Mussel Project (PMP)”, Institute of Technology (IT), Sligo and a private landowner. The LIT in collaboration with PMP, IT, Sligo and support of private landowner are monitoring the carbon sequestration potential of a formerly cutover and drained blanket peatland accounting to 9 hectares (ha) and located near Galway.

The LIT are monitoring environmental parameters in pre-rewetting (May 14, 2020-November 10, 2020) and post-rewetting (November 11, 2020-December 31, 2021) periods for quantifying the carbon sequestration potential of nine (9) hectare blanket peatland. The environmental monitoring consists of daily measurements of groundwater table depths, pH, redox and rainfall using data loggers.

The LIT have measured the carbon in peat and water in pre-rewetting period and will measure the same in the post-rewetting period.

The measured groundwater levels, vegetation types along with land management factors in pre-rewetting and post rewetting period utilized for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) using “Site Emissions Tool (SET)” developed by lead partners of Carbon Connects Project in Van Hall Larenstein (VHL), Netherlands.

The LIT actively collaborated with INTERREG Care-Peat, and provided their inputs with respect to “Barriers, Enablers and Gaps in Peatland Policy” in the Irish Peatland Policy Webinar conducted on October 29, 2020. The Irish peatland policy webinar hosted on“Care-Peat” is available to watch here.

The LIT also actively collaborated with EU life, Canape and Care-Peat in identifying the “Top 5-10 Barrier, Enablers and Gaps in Peatland Policy” at the EU level.

The LIT hosted a webinar on July 10, 2020 discussing in detail about the following activities mentioned below. There were four presenters in this webinar: Dr. Amey S. Tilak from Carbon Connects; Dr. Derek McLoughlin from Freshwater Pearl Mussel Project; Poppy Overy from IT, Sligo and Dr. Jasper van Belle from VHL, Netherlands. This webinar hosted by Dr. Darren Barry of LIT Development Unit and available to watch here