Category: Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals

April 26, 2015 |

By Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., special to The Digest When I meet people from bioeconomy companies, I ask them about their products’ status under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The most common answers I receive are: “TSCA doesn’t apply because our product is not toxic,” “TSCA doesn’t apply because our product is naturally occurring,” […]

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Remembering a true visionary: Novozymes honors Guido Ghisolfi

Remembering a true visionary: Novozymes honors Guido Ghisolfi

April 15, 2015 |

The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta Renewables. Mossi & Ghisolfi is a worldwide leader in the bottle-grade PET industry, owner of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, located in Crescentino, […]

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Why Going to Congress for RFS Reform Is a Really Bad Idea

Why Going to Congress for RFS Reform Is a Really Bad Idea

March 18, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson and Brooke Coleman Last week, ABFA made headlines by calling the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “obstacle” to the commercial deployment of advanced biofuels and publicly supporting opening up the program in Congress. While the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Advanced Ethanol Council certainly agree that the RFS is off track, […]

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Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Is Vital for the Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Industry

March 8, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental, Biotechnology Industry Organization  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) as well as published the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BIO and the industrial biotech sector worked hard to ensure that these and other […]

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Thought Leadership: What cellulosic can learn from solar and other clean-tech industries?

Thought Leadership: What cellulosic can learn from solar and other clean-tech industries?

March 1, 2015 |

Thought Leadership: The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion on the cellulosic ethanol industry. Sebastian, you are fond of saying that the cellulosic ethanol production is a technology that is evolving beyond market hype to commercialization. Why? If you look at charts of installed capacity since the 1990s for a variety of clean-tech […]

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Why Tim Searchinger Is Dead Wrong About Biofuels and Land Use

Why Tim Searchinger Is Dead Wrong About Biofuels and Land Use

February 18, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, executive vice-president, the Biotechnology Industry Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section The World Resources Institute (WRI) recently issued a new working paper, authored by Tim Searchinger and Ralph Heimlich, resurrecting a previously discredited attack on the carbon neutrality of biomass feedstocks. Ironically the working paper makes plain the fallacies behind this attack […]

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Thought Leadership: The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion

Thought Leadership: The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion

February 3, 2015 |

Tell us about your role at Novozymes. I’m responsible for Novozymes’ biomass activities on the commercial side; I’ve been doing this for close to three years. My background is as an economist and investment banker. Novozymes began its efforts in this area in 2001 with more than 100 scientists and a lot of public affairs […]

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Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

December 8, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its other regulatory missteps. Over the past five years, the program spurred billions of dollars of […]

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The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

November 23, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section EPA’s November surprise is as big a shock to the system as this year’s early arrival of cold weather. The decision not to finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) merely compounds the damage done to the advanced biofuel industry by […]

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Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

October 28, 2014 |

By Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council As the renewable fuels industry awaits U.S. EPA’s final decision on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), it is extraordinary to think that President Obama still appears committed to adopting a methodological change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pioneered by the biofuel industry’s most ardent foes. […]

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