Reducing Greenhouse Gases
Biotechnology scientists are successfully producing fuels, chemicals, materials and other products in ways that greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Biotech tools and technologies decrease the production of carbon dioxide in industrial manufacturing so much so that for every 16.5 tons of carbon dioxide emitted by traditional industrial processes, a biotech industrial process emits only one. Biodegradable non-pollutants fuel most biotech industrial processes. As a result, the byproducts of these processes are also generally biodegradable non-pollutants.
Plant-based biofuels, when used in place of fossil fuels greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first generation of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, produce between 19 percent and 52 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.