Ours To Protect [Week 22]

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect, as we take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability in Co Clare.

We heard last week about BiOrbic, a national collaboration of researchers, focused on the development of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy.

However, despite how important the bioeconomy is to our future, most people haven’t heard of it.


BiOrbic is running a national campaign to raise awareness by touring Ireland with their mobile exhibit, the BioBus, which visited Ennis recently.

Executive Director Derek O’Brien, explains what the BioBus is all about.


* Almost every item in a typical house has been made from materials derived from the petrochemical industry.

* Fuel and energy are the first things we think of when it comes to fossil fuels. And for good reason. It makes up 86% of fossil fuel use.

* Green electricity is one solution but it has its limitations, such as energy output, reliability and need for battery storage. That’s why it’s important we also have liquid fuel that is bio-based.

* The BioBus uses Certa’s bio-diesel, which is made from hydrotreated vegetable oil. It’s mainly used by commercial operators right now but will be coming to household boilers very soon, so keep an eye out!



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