Green is the Irish colour. Historical, cultural, geographical and even religious reasons underpin this inseparable pairing. Today, green is also the banner of Ireland’s environmental aspirations, a country that has based its national development strategy leading to 2040 on environmental sustainability. Ireland still doesn’t have a bioeconomy focused strategy. However, last February its government presented a “National Policy Statement on the Bioeconomy,” thus getting close to one. The Statement outlines three main actions to be undertaken in the coming years: promotion of better cohesion amongst the many sectors making up the bioeconomy; development of new biobased products and creation of relevant markets; and access to EU funding and private investments. This Statem...