Industrial & Environmental

Upward trends and investment opportunities will be focus of BIO’s World Congress in May.

Honoring the father of chemurgy, the award will be presented at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in May.

Industry leaders point out that biotech-enabled advanced biofuels spur job growth and reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil.

BIO review of this emerging science illustrates progress in applying synthetic biology to improve manufacturing processes.

The revolution in synthetic biology has enabled innovative manufacture of biofuels and the development of biological processes for the manufacture of bulk and fine chemicals.

It is essential that biogenic carbon flows are assessed in a correct, transparent and consistent way in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and product carbon footprint (PCF) tools.

Ethanol can be made from cellulosic biomass - plant matter composed of inedible cellulose fibers that form the stems and branches of most plants.

Biotechnology research is important not only in the initial stages of developing algal biofuels, but also in optimizing algal strains for the mechanical engineering and processing needs of biofuel production.

From August 16 to August 22, 2010, Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey among 1,000 adults about attitudes toward the entities involved in the oversight of new scientific and technological advances, awareness of nanotechnology, and awareness of and attitudes toward synthetic biology and two potential applications of the science.

Oils produced by algae hold the potential for replacing fossil resources in many products. In fact, according to recent research, much of the petroleum and coal we drill for and use today was originally produced thousands of years ago by a species of green algae.

Over the past few years, fuel ethanol production from grains has become a major business of national importance, resulting in increased availability of distillers’ grains (DG) for use in animal feed. A natural question is whether the processing aids used in ethanol manufacture are safe for the animals fed the DG co-product.

The Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi announced funding of $24 million for three research groups addressing key hurdles in commercialization of algae at the 2010 World Congress.

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.
June 13 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) invites leaders from the biotechnology, chemical and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers and poster presentations for the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. This unique conference will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.  
June 2 2014
The Obama administration's Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units missed an opportunity to give industry clear guidance that using sustainable biomass mitigates greenhouse gas emissions by recycling atmospheric carbon.
May 15 2014
Philadelphia (May 12, 2014) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that nine companies have become new members of its Industrial & Environmental Section since the start of 2014. The announcement came as BIO prepared to kick of its annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which runs May 12 – 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
May 7 2014
Decreasing use of biofuels will automatically increase use of more carbon intensive petroleum sources. The increased emissions from the transportation sector would come very close to wiping out the reductions of the past four years, according to a BIO study.
April 28 2014
BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology’s pre-conference Workshop, “U.S. Policy Outlook: From the RFS to Tax Reform to Farm Bill Implementation - What Lies Ahead for Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals?”.   The workshop is designed to assess the threats and opportunities on the U.S. federal policy landscape for 2014.