Renewable Chemicals & Biobased Materials

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.

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.

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.

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.

2009 brought many challenges for the biotechnology industry, but proposed legislation and technology improvements leave industry leaders optimistic about 2010.

The Environmental Protection Agency this month issued final rules for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The biofuels industry now must step up production to meet the aggressive targets for producing cellulosic biofuels in the coming years.

The EPA released a State of the Science Report detailing how biotechnology is enabling the transition from petroleum to a biobased economy, making possible materials and products that are renewable, environmentally friendly, and widely available.

This video provides a basic overview of biotechnology and its many applications in our daily lives.

Learn how materials, such as plastic, are being developed from renewable resources like plants.

August 27 2012
We are writing to caution against granting a waiver for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). A number of groups and some governors seem to believe that the RFS is a substantial part of the equation when it comes to grain prices, and waiving the program this year or next will ease the impact of the drought on consumers. There is substantial evidence to the contrary.
May 21 2012
BIO is the world’s largest biotechnology organization, with more than 1,100 members worldwide.
May 17 2011
BIO encourages Congress to support advanced biofuels and biobased products programs and initiatives during consideration of the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. Industrial biotechnology is the key enabling technology that is causing a dramatic paradigm shift in the production of fuels and chemicals. By building modern biorefineries and using industrial biotechnology our nation could significantly reduce its dependence on foreign sources of oil.
December 1 2010
Biobased products and renewable chemicals should be incentivized along with other renewable technologies in Congressional bills aimed at creating jobs, according to letters sent by BIO and biotechnology companies to House and Senate leaders.
September 20 2010
BIO’s letter to President Obama proposes several necessary steps to fix the LGP and achieve the goal of near-term commercialization of advanced biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts
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 29 2014
BIO today thanks House champions of the Farm Bill energy title and congratulates them on final passage of the bill.
January 27 2014
The Farm Bill conference report contains significant funding for renewable energy programs, allows renewable chemical technologies to access the programs, and supports purpose grown energy crops.
October 28 2013
Use of renewable chemicals to replace petroleum chemicals is growing rapidly due to consumer demand. The Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations on cutting edge platforms used to create better and more efficient renewable chemicals for broader applications.  The Pacific Rim Summit will be co-organized by BIOCOM and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.
September 30 2013
BIO and 38 member companies and organization today wrote a letter of thanks to Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and others who sponsored the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit of 2013.