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"Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy" report launched by Minister Doyle

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., today launched a report titled “Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy”. The report, produced by the Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD), on the contribution and potential of the forest sector in the emerging Irish Bioeconomy has been submitted to the Department of An Taoiseach. This is part of the on-going process to develop a Government Policy Statement on the Irish Bioeconomy.

Speaking at the launch today Minister Doyle said:

There is no doubt that the forest sector already plays a leading role in the emerging bioeconomy. However, there is very significant potential to advance our sector through the use of new wood products and building systems, as well as the rapidly emerging use of wood fibre across a range of innovative products that the report identifies. I therefore very much welcome this COFORD report, highlighting the importance of the forest sector in decarbonising our economy now and into the future”.

The bioeconomy concept has emerged as a response to the global challenges of food security, energy security, climate change and the depletion of non-renewable resources.  Virtually everything that can be made from fossil resources can also be made from biological resources. Substituting sustainably produced wood for fossil resources facilitates decarbonisation and continued economic growth.  It also improves economic resilience and has a contribution to make to rural economies.

A copy of the report can be found at the link below: http://www.coford.ie/media/coford/content/publications/cofordarticles/COFORDBioeconomyReport290917.pdf

 
Notes for Editors:

COFORD Council

The COFORD Council for Forest Research and Development, appointed by Minister of State for Forestry Andrew Doyle, T.D. in 2015, comprises member representative of the Forest Sector in Ireland.  The Council advises the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on research and developmental issues.

Council’s Bioeconomy Working Group

The COFORD Bioeconomy Working Group was set up in 2016 to produce a report outlining the potential of the forest sector in the emerging Irish Bioeconomy and provide guidance on research and policy measures needed in realising its potential. The members of the Group are Gerard Murphy (Chair), Tony Quinn, Tom McDonald, Mark McAuley, Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Jim McNamara, Donal Magner and Ciarán Fallon. The Group consulted forest industry stakeholders as part of its work to ensure an all-inclusive picture of the industry.

 Added 15/11/2017

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., launches a report titled “Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy”. The report, produced by the Council for Forest R & D (COFORD), on the contribution and potential of the forest sector in the emerging Irish Bioeconomy. (From L to R) Gerard Murphy, Chairman of the COFORD Bioeconomy Working Group and MD, Coillte Forest, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., & Michael Lynn, Chairman of COFORD Council.

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Date Released: 15 November 2017