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25 X '25 Names BIO Partner of the Week

April 17, 2012
25 X ’25 is a rallying cry for renewable energy and a goal for America – to get 25 percent of our energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, and biofuels by the year 2025. The 25 X ’25 Alliance named BIO it’s partner of the week this week to recognize BIO’s continued efforts to advocate for clean energy and building a biobased economy.

Industrial biotechnology is driving the creation of a biobased economy, building a foundation for environmentally sustainable growth of our economy, providing energy security and building a cleaner environment.

“The solution to America’s energy security challenge lies in applying innovative biotechnology to convert biomass to advanced biofuels, and companies have made significant investments and continue to make progress toward commercial development of new technologies for advanced biofuels,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.

Policies to support emerging technologies for alternative energy including advanced biofuels can put the United States up front as the global leader in creating innovative alternatives to petroleum-driven fuels and other everyday products created from petroleum as well. This lessens our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, saves consumers money, creates new jobs in rural America and reduces environmental impact.

The 25x’25 Alliance recently joined BIO and other groups in a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, asking for reauthorization and funding of Farm Bill Energy Title programs. Farm Bill energy programs have had a tremendous positive impact in revitalizing rural America, helping new agricultural markets emerge, and reducing the need for direct payments to farmers. These programs have unlocked private capital for construction of the nation’s first cellulosic and advanced biofuel biorefineries; put more than 150,000 acres of underutilized farmland in over 150 counties into production raising next generation energy crops, and led to an explosion of renewable chemicals innovation, demonstration and early commercialization here in the U.S.