Circular Bioeconomy Ireland – Fast Track to Policy


This study will provide a clear overview of the innovation scenarios in the circular bioeconomy based on best practice internationally and in an Irish context with a clear alignment with Ireland’s climate action ambitions and for the outputs of the work to inform future policy. Inherent in this is the analysis of the current policy landscape in areas that affect the development of a circular bioeconomy and outputs from the report that indicate areas for policy development that will enable sustainable innovation in the circular bioeconomy.


  • Provide a ‘snapshot’/summary overview of innovation scenarios to 2030 with an outlook to 2050
  • Assess international best practice and how this could be applied within an Irish context
  • Take account of sensitivities on natural capital, fossil fuel pricing, renewable energy developments, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, carbon taxes and other relevant matters
  • Identify where potentially further data and digitalisation, improved practice, technological, value chains, business models, product or market development are required to inform the identification of future research needs and/or policy developments
  • Provide clear recommendations to inform policy development for the Bioeconomy Action Plan for Ireland 2022-2025, on the Island of Ireland, and support the National Grand Challenges Programme

Project details

Duration: 1 year Funding: EPA, €50,000


  • BiOrbic
  • UCD
  • Munster Technological University
  • Trinity College Dublin