Advanced Biofuels

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.

Will fuel crops decrease the amount of food available?

What happens in Washington influences biotechnology progress every bit as much as what happens on Wall Street or in the lab.

Sparked by aggressive ethanol mandates by the government, the debate over whether the U.S. can produce enough corn to meet the demand for both food and fuel continues to grow.

While a growing number of policy leaders support greater use of ethanol, some critics believe using agricultural feedstocks to produce biofuels creates competition "between the world's supermarkets and its service stations."

Biorefineries to produce advanced biofuels and biobased product require sustainable sources of cellulosic biomass. Adoption of no-till agriculture promises significant economic and environmental benefits for farmers while enabling them to provide cellulosic biomass from crop residues to these biorefineries.

Industrial biotechnology takes the biotech tools developed to fight disease and cure illness and applies them to the greatest challenges in industrial manufacturing, chemical synthesis, and renewable energy production.

Eighty-two percent of Americans are in favor of government support for the development of biofuels says a new survey released last week by BIO.

Ethanol produced from corn today amounts to about 2 percent of fuel sold in the United States, but Biotech scientists say that cellulosic ethanol can meet much more of America’s energy needs in the very near future.

This year car makers will offer car buyers a record number of new hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles. 

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For the United States and most developed nations, the foundation of prosperity has been the availability of abundant and affordable sources of energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are both strongly committed to expanding the role of biomass as an energy source.

The report was prepared for the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) by the Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future (RBAEF) project. It asserts that the United States "can replace much of our oil with biofuels - fuels made from plant materials grown by American farmers. These fuels, especially those known as cellulosic biofuels, can be cost-competitive with gasoline and diesel."

October 29 2013
On behalf of more than 35 advanced biofuel companies, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) joined with the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), issued a statement to The White House expressing  concerns over the recently released draft of the proposed 2014 RFS volumetric blending requirement.   
September 26 2013
BIO's letter to EPA on behalf of its member companies urging them to reject the recent petition from the petroleum industry asking EPA to waive  the 2014 applicable volumes of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
July 18 2013
BIO's comments on the EPA proposed rule on the regulation of fuels and fuel additives.
July 18 2013
BIO's comments to U.S. EPA on the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission Fuel Standards.
May 23 2013
BIO is pleased to comment on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s (Committee) second Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) assessment white paper reviewing the RFS’s agricultural sector impacts.
April 7 2014
The EXPIRE Act would extend tax credits that expired at the end of 2013, including several of importance to the biotechnology industry.
March 31 2014
BIO analysis shows that waiting times for EPA approval of new biofuel production pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard exceed 17 months on average.
March 26 2014
If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from BIO.
February 4 2014
BIO thanked Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on final passage in the Senate of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. BIO also thanked the energy title’s many champions in the Senate, including Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
January 28 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacks authority to waive the overall 2014 volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, particularly when production and supply of advanced biofuels continues to grow, BIO emphasized in official comments filed today.