"Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy" report launched by Minister Doyle
The Irish Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., has 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.
Speaking at the launch held November 15, Minister Doyle welcomed the COFORD report as it highlighted the importance of the Irish forest sector.
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, Minister Doyle said.
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.
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.
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.