Advanced Biofuels

Industry leaders point out that biotech-enabled advanced biofuels spur job growth and reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil.

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.

Ethanol can be made from cellulosic biomass - plant matter composed of inedible cellulose fibers that form the stems and branches of most plants.

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.

Biotechnology is everywhere you look - even in places you might not expect.

Biobased products cover a wide range of materials. One new such product is biobased insulation made from mushrooms named Greensulate.

This week in Energy Business Daily “Jet Biofuels Take Off.” Jet fuel is expensive and makes up a large part of an airline’s budget.

Sustainable development is no small undertaking for international companies looking to meet today’s energy, food and environmental needs without compromising the Earth’s resources or its future. The innovative solution these corporate leaders are turning to is biotechnology, whether it’s to augment agricultural productivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create an innovative disease therapy or diminish the use of pesticides.

Danny Levine of the Burrill Report conducted a podcast with BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood today on BIO's public priorities for 2010.

Letters, Testimony & Comments

July 27 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) recently published proposed rule titled “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2017.”    
May 8 2015
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is pleased to have the opportunity today to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Proposed Rule on the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) PrograM (“the proposed rule”) and the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biofuels in 2014.
December 1 2014
On March 31, 2014, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) sends letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) expressing concerns with the Agency's decision to halt its petition process for new renewable fuel pathways.
October 29 2014
RE: Proposed 2014 RFS Volumetric Blending Requirements On behalf of the more than 35 advanced biofuel companies listed below, we are writing to express our concern about a recently release drafted of the proposed 2014 RFS volumetric blending requirement. While the official proposed rule has not been released, it is clear that a number of key issues are under consideration at the present time.
September 23 2014
Inaction on the 2014 RFS regulatory rule will lead to increased GHG emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent. The increased GHG emissions are equal to putting an additional 4.4 million cars on the road or opening 5.5 new coal-fired power plants. The “blend wall” should not be a consideration for setting the RFS, because the United States is using more transportation fuel in 2014 than previously projected.

Press Releases

August 24 2015
At its tenth anniversary, the Renewable Fuel Standard's requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced associated carbon emissions by 589.3 million metric tons.
July 27 2015
BIO’s comments make clear that if the agency does not correct its course on the program, it will continue to undermine the goals and requirements of the statute, undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and raise greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation fuel sector.
June 1 2015
BIO  thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for making available grants to states that invest in expanding infrastructure for biofuels.
May 29 2015
EPA has again proposed rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard that will continue to chill investment in the advanced biofuel sector and increase climate changing emissions.
May 19 2015
It is imperative that the Environmental Protection Agency gets the administration of the annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) back on track, BIO wrote today.