Industrial & Environmental

BIO has recently put together a Presidential Green Chemistry Award fact sheet that highlights all of the industrial biotech and biobased technology applications awarded from the start of the program in 1996 up to 2013.  Each year awards are allotted to technologies that incorporate the use of green chemistry through the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge.  Industrial biotechnology has been recognized by EPA as a way to reduce or prevent pollution at its source.

comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding the implementation and importance of the RFS.

An informative video on the roles, applications and values of marine macroalgae, or seaweeds, in marine ecosystems, our economy and society. Seaweeds are the largest crop cultivated at sea (46%), and are in many diverse applications we used every day, often without realizing it. For more information on this project, contact Dr. Thierry Chopin, UNB marine biology professor and scientific director of the Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN) at

LtGen John "Glad" Castellaw explains how the U.S. military will validate the use of biofuels in military exercises. Terrabon CEO Gary Luce discusses the benefits to commercial aviation of large-scale biofuel production.

“Farm Bill Energy Title Programs: Timeline of a Successful Policy Initiative” is a visual representation of the progress and results of Farm Bill energy programs.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard: Timeline of a Successful Policy” is a visual representation of the progress and results of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Commercial-scale advanced biofuel, renewable chemical, and biobased product biorefineries are in operation or under construction; pilot and demonstration projects continue to scale-up new technologies. 

Natural biological processes have been employed for food production for more than 8,000 years. Bread, cheese, yogurt, beer and wine, vinegar, and many other foods are produced through microbial fermentation or enzymatic activity.

Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable bio-based products. Technologies continue to proliferate that will further enhance the commercial potential of enzymes, new microbes, biomass, and other bio-engineered materials. In a webinar, BIO and the experts from the law firm of Bergeson and Campbell PC explore TSCA and its application to renewable chemicals.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section, talks about the key advanced biofuel technologies that will be featured and the policies that support their emergence.

This document is a primer on industrial biotechnology.

Industrial biotechnology covers the application of biotechnology-based tools to traditional industrial processes (“bioprocessing”) and the manufacturing of bio-based products (such as fuels, chemicals and plastics) from renewable feedstocks.

Industrial & Environmental — Develops biotechnology industry policy on environmental and industrial biotechnology issues, promotes the use of industrial enzymes, conversion of biomass to energy and chemicals, and innovative clean up technologies.

March 25 2014
RE: Extension of Expired Advanced Biofuels Tax Credits   Dear Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch:   As the Senate Finance Committee begins its work on tax extenders, we encourage you to extend the suite of critical advanced biofuels tax incentives – the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and the Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.
February 12 2014
BIO greatly appreciates Chairman Baucus’ commitment to making energy tax policy more straightforward, fair and effective, and supports the Chairman’s vision of focusing energy tax policy on driving innovation and achieving the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security goals.
February 12 2014
BIO testifies on New Hamphire House Bill 1220, “An Act Restricting the Addition of Corn-based Ethanol Gasoline Additives to No More Than 10 Percent of the Mixture of Gasoline”
January 29 2014
The Honorable Gina McCarthy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center Mailcode: 2822T 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC  20460 .
December 5 2013
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Proposed Rule on the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program (“the proposed rule”) and the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biofuels in 2014.
April 21 2014
selective group of CEOs and COOs from emerging industrial biotechnology companies will present new technologies, accomplishments, and business cases during the Clean Tech Investor Sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. 
April 7 2014
Advances in commercial applications to be showcased at 2014 BIO World Congress in Philadelphia
April 7 2014
The EXPIRE Act would extend tax credits that expired at the end of 2013, including several of importance to the biotechnology industry.
March 31 2014
BIO analysis shows that waiting times for EPA approval of new biofuel production pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard exceed 17 months on average.
March 26 2014
If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from BIO.