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June 27, 2013
DOD Awards Funding For Advanced Biofuels Project
Last week, in a win for the biofuels industry, the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded $4.1 million to Red Rock Biofuels LLC as part of its joint $510 million initiative with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy to help facilitate the commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. This latest award signifies that DOD is moving forward with its biofuels goals despite strong opposition on Capitol Hill and recent remarks by the new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing his hesitance to spend money on it in the midst of mandated budget cuts. As ... read more >
June 27, 2013
President Obama Outlines Plan On Climate Change
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his new 21-page climate action plan in a speech he gave at Georgetown University. The plan is available online. Under the plan, the President will use his Executive authority under the Clean Air Act to curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, he will issue a directive to EPA requiring the Agency to issue a proposed rule by next June (to be finalized a year later) that will limit greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants throughout the country. Other parts of the plan would help further the biofuels and renewable ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Boxer Remarks On TSCA
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently made public remarks indicating her intent to move forward with efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). She has stated that she will hold a hearing on TSCA reform on July 31, 2013, and will focus on reaching consensus between S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, introduced in May by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and S. 696, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Lautenberg in April. As we have reported, among ... read more >
June 27, 2013
DuPont Announces Greater Focus On Biobased Feedstocks
DuPont announced this week that it intends for over half of its plastics portfolio to be made from renewable feedstocks within the next 15 years. Reportedly, DuPont is working to make chemical monomers for plastics, including nylon from carbon-based resources. Since DuPont is one of the world's leading chemical companies, this announcement is significant and demonstrates the increasing importance of and demand for renewable chemicals and biobased ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Solazyme And Roquette Dissolve Joint Venture
On June 24, 2013, Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson announced that the company is ending its joint venture with French food producer Roquette. In 2010, the two companies entered into a joint venture for the development and commercialization of algae-based oils as replacements for food ingredients, including eggs and butter. Solazyme has been engineering algae to produce oil for food, biofuels, and cosmetics. The company announced that it would continue to produce algae-based oils for food production as part of its joint ventures with Brazilian based Bunge Ltd. and Archer Daniels ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Study On Renewable Chemicals
According to a new study, the renewable chemicals industry could reach $83.4 billion by 2018. The report by market research company MarketsandMarkets, "Renewable Chemicals Market – Alcohols (Ethanol, Methanol), Biopolymers (Starch, PLA, PHA, Polyethylene and Others), Platform Chemicals and Others – Global Trends and Forecasts to 2018," expects the growth to come from the continued rise in oil prices, drive for greener feedstocks, and low production cost of renewable chemicals. For instance, there is an increasing demand for greener plastics from the food packaging ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Siemens And LanzaTech Team Up On Biofuels
LanzaTech and the metal division of Siemens have announced that they have entered into a ten-year marketing and development agreement. LanzaTech will work to produce biofuels from steel emissions. LanzaTech, based in Illinois, uses microbes to convert waste gases from any source of carbon monoxide into fuels and chemicals. Converting steel industry emissions into fuels could help reduce harmful air emissions, as iron and steel emissions make up approximately 6.7 percent of the world's carbon ... read more >
June 24, 2013
B2PAC Changes Name to BRAG, Conducts Workshops on TSCA
The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) debuted today a new name, logo, and web address to describe more fully and descriptively the wide range of industrial biotechnology products made by its member companies. The consortium is now known as the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, or BRAG. The new name and logo were previewed last week at the 2013 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal. As has been the consortium's focus from the beginning, BRAG exists so that concerned stakeholders can: help the U.S. ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Senate Continues Consideration Of Farm Bill Legislation
On Monday, June 10, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the next five-year Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954 or Farm Bill). The Senate retained the energy title as passed on May 14, 2013, by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. It includes $900 million in mandatory funding for rural energy programs that will support and encourage the continued development and commercialization of biofuels and renewable chemicals. It is supported by organizations representing the traditional and advanced ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing On Title I Of TSCA
On Thursday, June 13, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy held a hearing on Title I of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing are available online. Witnesses included Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (BCCM manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, also an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Other witnesses ... read more >
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