About Us

A first-of-a-kind regional bioeconomy cluster in Ireland

With a focus on marine, agriculture and waste-to-value thematic areas, our goal is to develop and promote the circular bioeconomy in the South-West region. The cluster brings together industry, enterprises, government and research centres to deliver unique and co-created initiatives to benefit member companies.  

The cluster supports members with research and development, project development, project partner identification, talent and skills development, market connections, and funding. Be part of a thriving network in the South-West, sign up and become up a member

The importance of the Circular Bioeconomy  

Many of the products and services we use today such as food and energy are produced using unsustainable fossil resources that harm our climate, nature and society.   Our world is searching for alternative approaches that provide a fair and prosperous future for us all.

The bioeconomy offers society a path to apply knowledge, science, technology and innovation to how we use and consume resources from our soils, fields, forests and seas that respects nature and increases social equality by reducing our use of fossil resources and developing green practices, products and local jobs in places where we wish to live.

The bioeconomy will support us to value nature and be less wasteful as a society.  It will allow us to produce sustainable fertilisers for our fields and nutritious food for our healthy and active lives.  It will also offer us sustainable packaging for the goods we buy and innovative materials to both build our homes and support our industries to re-use its waste and reduce its energy use.

Why do we need a Cluster?

A cluster unlocks and accelerate business opportunities and new value chains across sectors including those of strategic important to the South-West namely marine, agriculture and industry.  

An active cluster with industry, SMEs, educational institutes, government and finance stakeholders working together towards similar goals through targeted programmes will speed up the innovation cycle, foster talent and support enterprise growth. 

Cluster Team

Catriona Power

Catriona Power

Education & Outreach Manager Circular Bioeconomy

Catriona is the project lead and contact point for the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster based at Munster Technological University. Over the last nine years, she has worked at the intersection of innovation, sustainable technology and business for organisations in Canada, UK and Europe. She is a strategist, communicator and programme manager and has initiated and executed multi-stakeholder projects to achieve a low carbon economy.

Most recently, Catriona was VP Partnerships and Strategy for Foresight Cleantech Accelerator in Canada, leading on the development of CORE Cleantech Cluster for the Province of British Columbia as well as delivering high level initiatives.

She has an MA Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex, UK and a BSc International Development and Food Policy from University College Cork, Ireland. Contact Catriona: info (at) cbcsw.ie

Advisory Group 

Dr. Helena McMahon – Head of Department STEM & Co-Founder of CircBio Research Group, MTU
Cal Flynn – Research and Development, Kerry Group
Michael O’Neill – CEO, Pure Ocean Algae
Brid McElligott – Vice President, Research, Development and External Engagement, MTU 
Enda Buckley – Director of Sustainability, Carbery Group
Stephen Fitzpatrick – Technical Director, Nutramara
Garrett Dillon – General Manager, Dillon Waste

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