Industrial & Environmental

One of the most promising uses of algae is as renewable raw material for biofuels.

Learn about the potential for using algae in a biorefinery to produce biofuels, renewable chemicals, and food ingredients.

Biotechnology is all around us and is already a big part of our lives, providing breakthrough products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, and make useful products.

Biotechnology is everywhere. From food to fuel to fashion. Watch the fashion show to see clothes that were made with biotechnology.

Biorefining isn’t just for bio-ethanol. Biorefining can produce polyester, nylon, and amino acids just to name a few. In fact, one feedstock may produce many different products.

Biotechnology is everywhere you look - even in places you might not expect.

Biobased products can supplement or replace a wide variety of petroleum-based products, and the United States has a substantial potential competitive advantage in their manufacture.

Biobased products cover a wide range of materials. One new such product is biobased insulation made from mushrooms named Greensulate.

This week in Energy Business Daily “Jet Biofuels Take Off.” Jet fuel is expensive and makes up a large part of an airline’s budget.

Sustainable development is no small undertaking for international companies looking to meet today’s energy, food and environmental needs without compromising the Earth’s resources or its future. The innovative solution these corporate leaders are turning to is biotechnology, whether it’s to augment agricultural productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an innovative disease therapy or diminish the use of pesticides.

Interest groups following climate change are closely watching the cap-and-trade program recently proposed by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB). With national legislation stalled, what happens in California is viewed as an important next step.

Can the biotechnology industry feed a hungry world?

Enzymes are the oldest tool in industrial biotechnology. For thousands of years, processes such as brewing, bread-making and the production of cheese have involved the usage of enzymes. Today the global market for industrial enzymes is estimated at around $2.9 billion.

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.