Irish Bioeconomy Foundation   Growing the Irish Bioeconomy Together

About IBF

Our mission is to promote the conversion of Ireland’s natural land & sea resources to high value products for the development of a sustainable bioeconomy that is globally competitive and creates local development.

We will do this by helping our members: facilitating relations among innovative agribusiness, forestry, marine, energy and bioeconomy champions; generating synergies between different sustainable initiatives; enabling innovative projects to reach their next level; creating an integrated ecosystem of converging assets and ambitions.

IBF is headquartered on the National Bioeconomy campus in Lisheen, Co. Tipperary (just 8 miles from Thurles). This 455-hectare property is a converted mining site and boasts an €80m infrastructure including roads, electrical substation, wind turbines, weigh bridges, water, buildings.

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• 2015 European Model Demonstrator Region Denomination​
Determination of Lisheen Mine site (Tipperary County) as one of 6 European top locations for sustainable chemistry and bioeconomy investments​ (European Commission, DG GROW)​

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• 2016 REDZ Scheme​​
Feasibility funding for the development of a national bioeconomy campus in Lisheen​ (Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and Rural Development)​

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• 2017 REDF Scheme
Funding for pilot-scale bioprocessing demonstration plant in Lisheen​ (Enterprise Ireland)​

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Funding for use of ICT to improve the sourcing and supplying of agribusiness and forestry residues as basis for innovative bioeconomy processes centred around the Model Demonstrator Region​ (European Commission, Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking)

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Launch of the AgrichemWhey Biorefinery Project with integrated symbiotic industrial and agricultural value chains to valorise dairy waste. The fruit of our Funding members: University College Dublin. Trinity College Dublin, Glanbia Commercial Mushroom Producer and Tipperary County Council. (European Commission, Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking)

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