‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’
‘There must be benefits for primary producers as well’

Ireland has a long and strong history of bio-based production and processing. The agrifood industry provides employment to more than 8% of the total working population, Irish agrifood exports are at an all-time high, forestry products exhibit strong export growth and the use of bio energy is at its highest point ever.

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Bio-based businesses want enterprising professionals
Bio-based businesses want enterprising professionals

The future success of the bio-based industry depends on the availability of highly educated professionals, in technical and commercial areas; people who are able to think in terms of systems and who can make sound business cases. ‘In the coming years, the business sector will definitely need around 1,000 of these professionals, but right now you cannot even find 400.’

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‘Nobody can imagine what fully circular means’
‘Nobody can imagine what fully circular means’

Circular is very trendy. The Circular Economy and Bio-Based Economy were once abstract concepts, but these days their contours and identity are becoming increasingly clear. Practical projects like the construction of the Circl building in Amsterdam make ‘circular’ tangible. Power companies are converting their power stations so they can run on biomass. CO2 is still a threat, but it is also being seen more and more as a promising raw material for green chemistry. For the first time in Dutch political history, the circular economy has been included in the coalition agreement.

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