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The Bioeconomy: Creating Value for Farmers & Foresters

Irish Hub Launch

Published on 13-11-2016 04:11:28 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP Farmers, Foresters, Biomass Processors and Researchers are invited to join Bioeconomy experts from across Europe to launch the Irish AgriForValor Biomass Innovation Hub in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on November 23rd. AgriForValor is a H2020 funded project

This free event will introduce attendees to the bioeconomy and the potential development opportunities for the farming and forestry sectors in Ireland. Current status of the bioenergy sector will be explored with particular focus on market supports and the Renewable Heat Incentive. Speakers on the day will include Jack O’Connor of BSHL and Frank Groome from DCCAE. In line with the cascading approach of the Bioeconomy; higher value products and output opportunity areas such as bioplastics, biochemicals, food and feed will be discussed with leaders in the field from industry and technology development across Europe.

The Irish Biomass Innovation Hub is part of the AgriForValor support program and is one of three being piloted, with the other two in Spain and Hungary. These Hubs will work at a regional level to identify high potential biomass side-streams, source and disseminate valorizing technologies and innovations; and provide enterprise development support towards the goal of bringing new biobased products to market.

In Ireland four key Irish organisations are involved, the Institute of Technology Tralee, Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Association and IBEC. This expert team will work to support and enable the identification of opportunities and technologies for agro-forest side-streams biomass valorization, exploitation and commercialisation. The team will be on hand at the event to discuss the scope of the project, how technology can provide additional revenue streams for biomass such as grass and by-products from forestry processing and farming.

Project lead in Ireland Dr. Helena McMahon from IT Tralee has noted that “It is a real coup for Ireland to be involved in AgriForValor as a pilot site for the Biomass Innovation Hub. The Hub will provide the Irish farming and forestry biomass providers and processors with access to state of the art knowledge and technological developments for the creation of new value chains and bioased products. The Bioeconomy is frequently perceived as intangible and far removed from the operational realities of the farming and forestry sectors. This event aims to demystify the Bioeconomy and provide insights on how the current acceleration in investment and technological advances in the sector can create new opportunities for the Irish Agri and Forestry sectors.”

To secure your place or to get further information go to www.agriforvalor.eventbrite.ie  or contact Cliodhna Dowling by email cliodhna.dowling@staff.ittralee.ie or phone 0667144247