Get Involved: TD Urges Public to Shape the Future of Bioeconomy Campus!

"TD Urges Public Participation in Tipperary's Bioeconomy Campus Consultation"

TD Urges Public Engagement in Bioeconomy Development Campus Consultation in Co. Tipperary

A TD has called on members of the public in Co. Tipperary to engage in a public consultation regarding the development of a new bioeconomy “campus” in the county. The Tipperary County Council is set to launch the Lisheen Site Master Plan consultation process in the coming days, with the aim of establishing the Lisheen area as a “centre of excellence” for bioeconomy development. Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill has been working diligently for several years to bring employment and investment back to the Lisheen site. He expressed his satisfaction, stating that the decision by Tirlán to not proceed with the biorefinery project on-site did not spell the end for the project. Cahill acknowledged the support of Cllr. Seamus Hanafin and Tipperary County Council in reviving the Lisheen Bioeconomy Campus, with both Centenary Co-op and the council investing in the project. Cahill also secured €1 million in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in late 2022 for the development. Additionally, the Lisheen project is expected to receive significant investment from the Just Transition Fund. Construction is currently underway for the Naringtech BioProducts Campus in Lisheen, which is projected to create 30 jobs upon completion. Cahill expressed optimism about the future of the Lisheen site, stating that it has the potential to become a leading center for the Irish bioeconomy and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in the country. He looks forward to further developments and investment in the area, leading to increased employment opportunities.

The First National Bioeconomy Action Plan

The government published the first national Bioeconomy Action Plan in October of last year. This plan outlines how the bioeconomy can play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the agri-food system. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue emphasized the potential of the bioeconomy to replace fossil-based resources with biological alternatives, including biofertilizers, biopesticides, new food sources, bio-plastics, textiles, and bio waste management. He highlighted the numerous opportunities and new business models that the bioeconomy offers to the agriculture, food, forest, and marine sectors, emphasizing its role in diversifying the industry.

As the public consultation for the Lisheen Site Master Plan commences, the involvement of the local community will be crucial in shaping the future of the bioeconomy development in Co. Tipperary. The establishment of the Lisheen Bioeconomy Campus has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to the area, creating employment opportunities and contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions. With the support of Tipperary County Council and the investment from Centenary Co-op, the project is well-positioned for success. The engagement of the public will ensure that the development aligns with the needs and aspirations of the community. As the bioeconomy continues to gain momentum, the Lisheen project can serve as a model for sustainable and innovative practices in Ireland.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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