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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2014 14 SF 857 Teagasc (NUIG, UCD, DIT) €299,488

Project Title:

A Bio Economy for Ireland - An Evaluation of Development Opportunities, Policies and Initiatives Shaping Ireland's Transformation to a Sustainable Low Carbon Bioeconomy

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Maeve Henchion

Project Abstract

Ireland’s agriculture, food, forestry and marine sectors are some of Ireland’s most important manufacturing sectors, employing 150,000 people and contributing €24 billion to the economy. Ireland benefits from competitive advantages that include (1) a mild climate supporting very high biomass growth; (2) a low-cost grass based system supporting large dairy/beef cattle herds; (3) the imminent lifting of milk quotas expected to generate substantial dairy sector growth; (4) large agrifood & beverage industries with global marketing reach, (5) large volumes of under-utilised organic wastes/residues; and (7) supportive government policies targeting economic growth. These resources can be leveraged to engineer new process technologies and produce a variety of new bioproducts and bioservices, capitalising on the global trend toward more sustainable lifestyles, displacing imports and increasing exports, enhancing development of the Irish bioeconomy and reducing detrimental impacts on the environment. BIO-ÉIRE will undertake a review of options that can be viably deployed by Irish-based producers and companies, providing an overview of medium and longer term commercial opportunities as well as a detailed analysis of 8 prioritised near-term value-chains, providing stakeholders with the technical and economic data to support relevant business cases, identifying barriers to commercial deployment and providing suggestions as to Development Frameworks (R&D programmes, policy, regulations, market supports, funding and other initiatives) that will facilitate commercial exploitation.

Final Report:

Final Report 14 SF 857(pdf 494kb)