Recent Reports

The Future of Industrial Biorefineries
June 2010 white paper by Professor Sir David King, Director, Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, in collaboration with Royal DSM N.V., Novozymes, DuPont and Braskem, says the biorefinery industry can play a key role in mitigating climate change, creating a more sustainable bio-based economy and driving economic growth.
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Biobased Chemicals and Products: A New Driver of U.S. Economic Development and Green Jobs
A March 2010 white paper from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) shows that while the United States has lost economic competitive advantage — and jobs — for petrochemicals and plastics manufacturing, it enjoys a potential competitive advantage in biobased products. The biobased products industry accounts for over 5,700 direct U.S. jobs and is likely responsible for over 40,000 jobs economy wide.
Read Biobased Chemicals and Products: A New Driver of U.S. Economic Development and Green Jobs

Growing America’s Fuel: An Innovation Approach to Achieving the President’s Biofuels Target
The first report from the Biofuels Interagency Working Group, consisting of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, tasked with developing a comprehensive approach to accelerating the investment in and production of American biofuels.
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Industrial Biotechnology: More than green fuel in a dirty economy?
A report from WWF/Novozymes exploring the transformational potential of industrial biotechnology on the way to a green economy.
Read Industrial Biotechnology

GHG Emission Reductions With Industrial Biotechnology: Assessing the Opportunities
Data used in the WWF/Novozymes report “Industrial Biotechnology: More than green fuel in a dirty economy?”
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Sustainable Biofuels: A Commonsense Perspective on California’s Approach to Biofuels and Global Land Use
A report by John Sheehan of SheehanBoyce, LLC, submitted to the California Air Resources Board in April 2009 as official comments on the adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard’s measurement of indirect land use.
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U.S. Economic Impact of Advanced Biofuels Production: Perspectives to 2030
A Feb. 2009 report by Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-era™) shows that continuing to build advanced biofuels production capacity can create 807,000 jobs throughout the economy by 2022 and contribute $148.7 billion to U.S. economic growth.
Read U.S. Economic Impact of Advanced Biofuels Production
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90-Billion Gallon Biofuel Deployment Study
Large-scale production of advanced biofuels beyond the level of the Renewable Fuel Standard is achievable and sustainable by 2030, with accelerated development of biofuel and agricultural technology according to a new report by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors Corp. that investigates the challenges and feasibility of increasing biofuel production targets to 90 billion gallons.
Read the executive summary
Read the Sandia release

Achieving Sustainable Production of Agricultural Biomass for Biorefinery Feedstock
This report from the Biotechnology Industry Organization details the potential of cellulosic biomass as an energy resource and the promise of no-till cropping for greater residue collection. It also proposes guidelines and incentives to encourage farmers to produce, harvest and deliver sufficient feedstock to the growing biorefinery and biofuels industry in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Read Achieving Sustainable Production of Agricultural Biomass
Executive Summary
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Assessing the Economic Effects of Commercialization of Cellulosic Ethanol
This U.S. Dept. of Commerce report examines the effect on the U.S. economy in 2020 if advances in technology allow cellulosic ethanol to become commercially viable and if production of it reaches 19.5 billion gallons by 2020.
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The Impact of Ethanol Production on U.S. and Regional Gasoline Prices
Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development report by Xiaodong Du and Dermot J. Hayes examining ethanol’s effect on gasoline prices in 2008 as oil reached $140 per barrel.
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Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention
EPA State of the Science Report detailing how biotechnology is enabling the transition from petroleum to a biobased economy, making possible materials and products that are renewable, environmentally friendly, and widely available.
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New Biotech Tools for a Cleaner Environment
This report discusses the evolution of industrial biotechnology, the development of pollution prevention policy, and the increasing potential for industrial biotechnology to offer new and transformative ways to prevent pollution and create cleaner manufacturing processes and consumer products.
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