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National Forestry Conference organised by the

The Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters

Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath

 Wednesday, 30 May 2018



The role that the forestry and the forest products sector can play in the bioeconomy  was outlined in the national conference on 30th May 2018.  Taking its lead from Growing the Irish Forest Bioeconomy, submitted to the Department of the Taoiseach by COFORD  earlier in the year, it explored how forestry forest biomass has a triple carbon benefit:


  • Carbon is sequestered as forests grow.
  • Forest biomass can be used to make products which displace materials with high embedded carbon such as steel, aluminium and concrete, as well as generating energy which displaces fossil fuels.
  • At the end of its useful life, forest based biomass products can be recycled into carbon neutral thermal energy and used for heating and/or electricity.


With timber production in Ireland  forecast to double to 8.1 million m3 by 2035, the assessed  the role of forestry in the bioeconomy from the forest to end product. See conference brochure and presentations for a detailed overview of the conference by the following speakers:

Andrew Doyle, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Taking wood outside its comfort zone.  Donal Magner, Wood Marketing Federation, Society of Irish Foresters and Forestry Editor, Irish Farmers Journal.

Forestry as a central pillar in the Irish bioeconomy – achievable deliverables during the timescale of Project Ireland 2040. Gerard Murphy, Managing Director Coillte Forest.

Recognising the role of forests in a sustainable European bioeconomy is fundamental. Prof. Pekka Leskinen,  Head of Bioeconomy Programme,  European Forest Institute.

Converting from black to green energy – the importance of localised wood energy solutions. Kenny McCauley,  McCauley Wood Fuels Ltd.

Extending the life of wood – multispecies multiuse in wood design and renovation.. Karen McEvoy, Director, Bucholz McEvoy Architects.

Timber cities – the role of wood in sustainable high rise buildings. Markus Lager, Kaden + Lager Architects, Berlin.

Research & development needs in shaping forestry and the bioeconomy. Prof. Kevin O’Connor. School Of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science in University College Dublin founder and CEO of BIOPLASTECH.

Supported by the COFORD, the National Council for Forest Research & Development,  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Teagasc, RIAI and the Irish Farmers Journal.

Download 2018 Bioeconomy Conference Brochure

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