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Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability

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BIO and its member companies are constantly working together to help shift the world’s reliance on petroleum-based products to a reliance on biobased and greener products. In a recent piece by Chemical & Engineering News, Melody Bomgardner highlights BIO’s work with it’s member companies to create a more sustainable supply chain in effort create environmentally friendlier products for consumers. Here are some notable points from her piece: “Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants Read More >

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Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final rule describes EPA’s evaluation of cellulosic biofuels derived from biogas. While a step in the right direction, this doesn’t address the current backlog of new renewable fuel applications currently in the pipeline. In the past four years, the Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Highlights from BIO 2014

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The 2014 BIO International Convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEO’s, from 50 states and 70 countries.  This year’s event was held June 23-26, in San Diego, CA. The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 29,000+ scheduled one-on-one partnering meetings between more than 3,100 companies, and featured 192 company presentations. View highlights here.  Furthermore, the BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and covered over 160,000 square feet with 55 State and International Pavilions. BIO welcomed Read More >

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2014 BIO Convention Executive Perspective Panel – Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals

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A Look into the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Forum at the 2014 BIO International Convention On June 24, 2014, BIO hosted a session titled Executives Perspective – 2014: Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals in the Balance? as part of the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Forum at this year’s International Convention. Here, BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section board members reflected on the 2014 transformation of the industrial biotech sector from pre-commercial promise to market threat – and the unprecedented Read More >

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Turning Urban Waste into Bioplastic

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Bacteria possible key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste Each year, the European Union produces three billion tonnes of waste. According to Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), this equates to six tonnes of solid waste for every EU citizen. A major challenge is finding ways to reduce and reuse a large amount of this waste. But now, the EU funded Synpol Project, which aims to propel the sustainable Read More >

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