The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle launched a report titled: Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy.
Produced by the Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD), the report 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 ongoing process to develop a Government policy statement on the Irish bioeconomy.
Speaking at the launch of the report, 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.”
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, 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. The Department added that virtually everything that can be made from fossil resources can also be made from biological resources and 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.