Industrial & Environmental

The challenge of conversion of biomass – particularly lignocellulosic biomass and agricultural waste – into chemicals, materials and fuels is being approached in multiple directions and a slew of technologies are now being developed, tested and deployed in semicommercial or pilot stage.

The timing for building a biobased economy as an option to the current petroleum-based one, to provide fuels, chemicals, materials and energy sustainably for the long term future cannot be better.

Harnessing microbes to change the world, one process at a time.

BioMalaysia 2011 and 2011 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy were held jointly in Kuala Lumpur Nov. 21-23.

A new paper in Science from BIO concludes that at this early stage of development, synthetic biology does not pose significant novel threats that are fundamentally different from those faced by the biotechnology industry. The regulatory framework that has been shaping recombinant DNA technology for the past 40 years is generally applicable and relevant.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals.

Vigorous government support has played a key role in encouraging China’s development of a bio-based economy, especially in regard to biofuels. 

On July 26, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced four new project areas for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

Currently, synthetic rubber is derived entirely from petrochemical sources. Genencor®, a Division of Danisco U.S. Inc., together with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, is currently working on the development of a fermentation-based process for the BioIsoprene™ monomer.  

Synthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area that involves the application of engineering principles to biology.

Biofuels Digest and BIO have launched the Summer 2011 Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey.

BIO and five member companies – Mendel Biotechnology, Arborgen, Abengoa Bioenergy, Novozymes and BP Biofuels – along with the Biomass Power Association held a briefing on Capitol Hill this week, outlining the importance of the USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and related programs. Regulatory rules for the BCAP, Biorefinery Assistance Program, and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) were finalized by USDA only during the last quarter of 2010. But Congress is considering cutting the funds for these programs before they have a chance to show their effectiveness.

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 .
September 24 2014
BIO is pleased to announce the creation of the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented to an outstanding  woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation.  The inaugural award will be presented at this year’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, to be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California.  
September 23 2014
In a new white paper issued today, BIO updates the results of a study of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel use in 2014, using new data on transportation fuel demand for 2013 and 2014.  
September 19 2014
Commercialization of cleaner, safer consumer products through innovative industrial biotechnology processes will be the focus of breakout sessions at the ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.
September 3 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today congratulates member company POET-DSM on opening Project Liberty, a 20-million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
August 1 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has officially extended its Call for Papers deadline to August 20, 2014 for the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.