The Department of Environment, Climate and Communication & Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for voluntary membership of the renewed Irish Bioeconomy Forum.

Established in October 2020, the Irish Bioeconomy Forum aims to promote, support and advocate for the sustainable development of the bioeconomy in Ireland in line with the progression of a circular economy, climate action and a climate-neutral, sustainable, and innovative agri-food system.

It is part of the formal national consultative structure put in place to support bioeconomy implementation in Ireland.

During its initial mandate, the Forum published a number of expert reports and contributed directly to the Bioeconomy Action Plan 2023-2025.

The Forum is supported by an Expert Advisory group representing Irish Higher Education Institutes and Research Performing Organisations. 

he renewed Irish Bioeconomy Forum will operate until the end of the current Bioeconomy Action Plan timeline, and we hope to bring together Forum members on 4th March 2024 for a first meeting.

Applications

Membership of the Forum is limited, and expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals representing primary producers, industry, community groups, NGOs, innovation clusters and semi-state bodies should apply through our online.

 

Closing Date

The closing date and time for receipt of expressions of interest is 6pm on Monday, 12 February 2024.

 

Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said:

A Bioeconomy Action Plan can offers many benefits to a country like Ireland, as it can harness the potential of biological resources to promote sustainable economic growth, address environmental challenges, and enhance overall societal well-being.

Here are some potential benefits:

1. Economic Growth and Job Creation:
  • Diversification of the economy: A bioeconomy strategy can contribute to economic diversification by tapping into the potential of renewable biological resources, such as agriculture, forestry, and marine resources.
  • Job creation: The bioeconomy encompasses various sectors, including bioenergy, bio-based products, and biotechnology. Investing in these areas can create new job opportunities in research, development, manufacturing, and other related fields.
2. Innovation and Research:
  • Increased research and development: A bioeconomy action plan encourages investment in research and development, fostering innovation in biotechnology, bioengineering, and other related fields. This can lead to the development of new products, processes, and technologies.
  • Collaboration and partnerships: Bioeconomy initiatives often require collaboration between government, academia, and industry, leading to a more interconnected and innovative ecosystem.
3. Sustainable Resource Management:
  • Resource efficiency: A bioeconomy promotes the sustainable use of biological resources, emphasising efficient resource management to minimise waste and environmental impact.
    Circular economy principles: Adopting a bioeconomy approach aligns with circular economy principles, where biological materials are used efficiently and waste is minimized through recycling and reusing.
4. Climate Change Mitigation:
  • Carbon sequestration: Bio-based products and processes can contribute to carbon sequestration by utilising renewable resources and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
    Green energy production: Bioenergy derived from organic materials can serve as a renewable energy source, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and contributing to a lower carbon footprint.
5. Environmental Conservation:
  • Biodiversity preservation: Implementing a bioeconomy strategy can include measures to protect and enhance biodiversity, ensuring the responsible use of biological resources.
    Sustainable agriculture and forestry: A bioeconomy action plan may encourage sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, promoting long-term environmental health.
6. Resilience to Global Challenges:
  • Food security: By focusing on sustainable agriculture and innovative food production methods, a bioeconomy can contribute to ensuring food security, especially in the face of global challenges like climate change and population growth.
    Reduced dependence on finite resources: Bio-based alternatives can help reduce dependence on finite resources, contributing to the resilience of the economy in the face of resource scarcity.
7. Global Competitiveness:
  • Market opportunities: As the global demand for sustainable and bio-based products increases, a bioeconomy action plan positions a country to take advantage of emerging market opportunities and enhances its competitiveness on the global stage.

Implementing a comprehensive bioeconomy action plan requires a coordinated effort from government, industry, and research institutions.

By doing so, a country like Ireland can unlock the potential of its biological resources, foster innovation, and build a more sustainable and resilient economy.

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