Looking at Solazyme, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials: free “Emerging Bioeconomy” event

August 30, 2015 |

In Washington, the “The Emerging Bioeconomy – a Case Study” will be held at a luncheon at the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center on K Street in Washington, DC. There will be a Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials from chairperson Barbara Bramble, and “Case Study:  Considering the benefits and impacts of microalgae” focusing on the Solazyme story.

“As we work towards transitioning to a low carbon, bio-based economy, what are the key benefits and impacts to consider and how will they be measured?” the organizers ask.

Jill Kauffman Johnson, Global Sustainability Director, will share recently completed lifecycle analyses of Solazyme’s algae oil and whole algal protein.  Discussion will focus on the benefits and impacts of these new materials and ingredients, and future implications for land use, carbon mitigation, and water use. Solazyme creates renewable oils and ingredients from microalgae, using standard industrial fermentation. These products serve as the foundation for healthier foods; high-performance industrial products; unique home and personal care solutions; and more sustainable fuels.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global movement to ensure the sustainability of biomaterials production through a comprehensive certification system. RSB brings together almost 120 organizations around the world including farmers, businesses, NGOs, governments, and UN agencies, to set a robust global sustainability standard for bio-based feedstocks and full supply chains.  Barbara Bramble, Chair of the Board, will provide an update on recent RSB developments, and other exciting news in the works. For example, the new “RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change” module has been adopted by the membership, and in 2013 RSB opened the scope of the certification system beyond biofuels to provide similar standards for biomaterials more generally. And for the bigger picture, several new technologies to produce aviation biofuels have been developed, tested and approved, with commercial-scale production just about to start.

To register or get more information on the event, click here.

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