Advanced Biofuels

It shows the application of industrial biotechnology can improve the efficiency of the biofuel and renewable chemical industries and gives an understanding of the impact of industrial biotechnology on the U.S. economy up to 2008. 

Today, the biotechnology industry is enjoying more success and influence than ever before. Our industry’s innovations continue to improve the lives of people worldwide, and the advancement of these innovations is supported by the work of BIO.

The key to finding clearner energy sources could be in your own backyard.

There's actually good news about energy and the environment: The U-S will reduce both pollution and reliance on petroleum by tapping into home-grown fuels from farm, wood and paper waste. 

Agricultural and industrial biotechnology are key enabling technologies that will allow the U.S. to sustainably reach the new national renewable fuels standard (RFS) established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Talked about for years, biofuels, such as ethanol, are a fast growing component of U-S transportation fuels.

A 2007 study by Informa Economics of the factors that affect the consumer price index for food finds that rising oil prices, not ethanol, has had the greatest impact.

U.S. Department of Commerce report concludes that developing cellulosic ethanol would produce significant benefits to the US economy.

Biotechnology, the combination of biology and technology, includes biologic applications, diagnostic tools and businesses that improve everyday life by providing solutions to some of life's most vexing problems.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

July 27 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) recently published proposed rule titled “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2017.”    
May 8 2015
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.
December 1 2014
On March 31, 2014, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) sends letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) expressing concerns with the Agency's decision to halt its petition process for new renewable fuel pathways.
October 29 2014
RE: Proposed 2014 RFS Volumetric Blending Requirements On behalf of the more than 35 advanced biofuel companies listed below, we are writing to express our concern about a recently release drafted of the proposed 2014 RFS volumetric blending requirement. While the official proposed rule has not been released, it is clear that a number of key issues are under consideration at the present time.
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.

Press Releases

August 24 2015
At its tenth anniversary, the Renewable Fuel Standard's requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced associated carbon emissions by 589.3 million metric tons.
July 27 2015
BIO’s comments make clear that if the agency does not correct its course on the program, it will continue to undermine the goals and requirements of the statute, undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and raise greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation fuel sector.
June 1 2015
BIO  thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for making available grants to states that invest in expanding infrastructure for biofuels.
May 29 2015
EPA has again proposed rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard that will continue to chill investment in the advanced biofuel sector and increase climate changing emissions.
May 19 2015
It is imperative that the Environmental Protection Agency gets the administration of the annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) back on track, BIO wrote today.