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.

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 tchopin@unb.ca.

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.

September 23 2014
Inaction on the 2014 RFS regulatory rule will lead to increased GHG emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent. The increased GHG emissions are equal to putting an additional 4.4 million cars on the road or opening 5.5 new coal-fired power plants. The “blend wall” should not be a consideration for setting the RFS, because the United States is using more transportation fuel in 2014 than previously projected.
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 .
October 22 2014
During the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit Plenary Program, CEOs, CSOs and industrial biotechnology industry veterans will highlight achievements and offer insight into the quickly changing and expanding markets of renewable specialty chemical applications, biobased products, advanced biofuels and algae bioproduction.  Panelists will compare feedstock production on a global scale and discuss solutions in logistics, feedstock availability, potential for economic growth, and exploring new markets. 
October 17 2014
Abengoa Bioenergy's new cellulosic biorefinery is the realization of nearly a decade of research and development and billions of dollars in investment, encouraged by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
October 16 2014
BIO member companies Solazyme, Inc. and Amyris receive awards.
October 15 2014
With a growing industrial biotech sector that is home to more than 400 biotechnology companies, San Diego is set to host BIO’s 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy.  San Diego-based industrial biotechnology companies continue to deliver next generation products and innovative technology solutions, many of which will be highlighted during the programming at this year’s Summit.  The 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.   
October 8 2014
A new report from USDA, "Why Biobased?," provides an initial quantification of new jobs and other economic opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. USDA also commissioned a larger, more comprehensive report that BIO hopes will be issued on a regular basis.