Category Archives: Biofuels & Climate Change

RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

RFS Under Fire: History, Significance and Current Issues

Unquestionably, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important policy affecting the U.S. biofuels industry. It supports the market for first-generation biofuels, creates the market for second-generation biofuels and it is vital to boosting the nation’s reliance on advanced biofuels from non-food-related feedstocks. This pivotal policy, however, has vocal opponents who have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held Congressional hearings and formed stakeholder coalitions. On Wednesday, BIO ’ s International Convention featured Read More >

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Jay Keasling Wins BIO’s George Washington Carver Award

Carver Award

BIO announced today that it will honor Jay Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkley; associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; and Director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, as the recipient of its 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award honors the vision of Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world Read More >

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Biotechnology: Improving Your Life

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

The World Economic Forum released a list of 10 ways biotechnology can improve your life. Experts from their Council on Biotechnology selected the 10 which they believe could help increase productivity and drive job creation in addition to meeting the world’s rapidly growing demand for energy, food and healthcare. The list is filled with developments related to industrial and environmental biotech including bioproduction of sustainable chemicals, energy and other materials. Through biotechnology, living organisms, such Read More >

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“The Technology is Here, It’s Ready”

Refinery

Last week the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan economic think tank, released a Financial Innovations Lab Report: Unleashing the Power of the Bio-Economy. The Milken Institute hosted a Financial Innovations Lab on industrial biotech in April of 2012 to explore ideas to spur the industry, bringing together leading scientists, senior government officials, industry executives, institutional investors and venture capitalists. Tremendous potential for economic and environmental benefits exist with using biobased chemicals instead of petrochemicals. Thanks to Read More >

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When it Comes to Biofuels Driving the Economy, The Sky is the Limit

Refinery

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote a column talking about the unlimited opportunities for biofuels to grow the rural economy. He highlighted what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already done to support biofuels including loan guarantees and research centers, and talked about the contributions biofuels have already made to strengthen our nation’s economic and energy security. The United States is rapidly building a biobased economy, where biotechnology is used to convert Read More >

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