Biobased and Renewable Products News: Biobased Chemicals

May 2, 2014
BRAG/BIO World Congress Workshop On Navigating Regulatory Process
The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, being held May 12-15, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. BRAG and B&C will present a practical workshop to fully inform, equip, and assist renewable chemical producers in finding the path of least resistance on the road to commercialization. "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products: The Importance of Successfully and Efficiently Navigating the ... read more >
May 2, 2014
ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 17-19, 2014, North Bethesda, Maryland
BRAG will present "Regulatory Landscape & Implications for Innovation," Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference hosted by the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute. Speakers and topics include: Lynn L. Bergeson B&C "Moving California towards flame retardant-free furniture and baby products" Emily Tipaldo American Chemistry Council "State chemical management initiatives: Green chemistry? Or, something else?" Sookie Hong 3E Company Department of Regulatory ... read more >
April 25, 2014
Guidance For Characterizing Oleochemicals For Assessment Purposes Released
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released its document "OECD Guidance for Characterising Oleochemical Substances for Assessment Purposes," which is available online. The document seeks to present a "harmonised approach" for characterizing UVCB (substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials) oleochemical substances that are derivatives from animal and vegetable oils and fats. In June 2012, the OECD Task Force on Hazard Assessment endorsed a pilot project to develop guidance on ... read more >
April 25, 2014
Biobased Chemicals Market Expected To Grow By 15 To 18 Percent By 2025
A newly released analysis on the global chemical industry is predicting strong growth for the biobased sector. Consistent with findings released recently from Lux Research and RnR Market Research, Frost & Sullivan's analysis from "Scorecard for the Global Chemicals Industry" reports that the share of biobased chemicals is expected to grow to about 15 to 18 percent of global chemical sales by 2025. As new feedstock supplies and greener processes begin to shape the new chemicals ecosystem, chemical manufacturers are focused on various strategies such as the development of ... read more >
April 25, 2014
Biobased Material Of The Year 2014 Award Winners Announced
Awards recognizing innovative applications and markets in the European biobased chemicals and materials industry were handed out at the 7th International Conference on Biobased Materials in Cologne, Germany, on April 10, 2014. First prize went to Qmilch Deutschland GmbH (DE) for Qmilk, a biopolymer fiber made from milk protein. The full list of winners is available ... read more >
April 18, 2014
DOE Announces Up To $10 Million For Advanced Biofuels And Bioproducts
On April 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would provide up to $10 million to promote the production of "advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass." For more information, and to apply for this opportunity, please visit DOE's Funding Opportunity Exchange website. A copy of the press release is available ... read more >
April 18, 2014
Barnhardt Manufacturing Earns USDA Biobased Product Certification Label
On April 11, 2014, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company (Barnhardt) announced that its HyDri™ Cotton product has earned a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label under the Department's BioPreferred Program. Barnhardt's press release on the announcement is available online. USDA's description of the meaning of a USDA Certified Biobased Product label is available ... read more >
April 18, 2014
Renewable Chemical Producer Rivertop Renewables Raises $26 Million
On April 9, 2014, Montana-based renewable chemicals producer Rivertop Renewables (Rivertop) announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners, and existing investors. The Company explains in its press release that it "will leverage these funds and an existing manufacturing relationship to produce market development quantities of salts of glucaric acid for select customers. In addition, it will complete construction and begin operations at a semi-works facility at its headquarters in Missoula, where it will optimize its process for world-scale deployment. ... read more >
April 16, 2014
BRAG Advocacy Efforts Featured in Bloomberg BNA Article
BRAG's advocacy efforts were featured in an article in Bloomberg BNA's March 26, 2014  Daily Environment Report titled “Manufacturers Urge EPA to Apply TSCA Consistently in Final Rules for Six Mixtures.”  “Chemical manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to apply Toxic Substances Control Act policies consistently to both biobased and petroleum-based chemical mixtures as it finalizes a proposed rule that would restrict uses of six chemicals designed for renewable fuels. ‘The agency's decision on these six chemical mixtures ... read more >
April 7, 2014
Amyris Expands Collaboration With Kuraray On Biobased Polymers
On March 31, 2014, Amyris, a chemical company headquartered in California, announced that it was expanding its collaboration with Kuraray to develop and commercialize high performance materials from Biofene®, Amyris' brand of renewable farnesene. Amyris CEO John Melo stated that he expects Biofene® to play a critical role in the sustainability of the tire industry. A copy of Amyris' press release is available ... read more >
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