Category: Thought Leadership

Commitment to R&D is the Key

Commitment to R&D is the Key

March 19, 2019 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest As the nation’s No. 1 producer of ethanol and biodiesel and with country’s second-lowest cost of doing business, Iowa is recognized as a bioprocessing hub. The state successfully blends ample biomass with a business-friendly regulatory environment designed to stimulate the growth and profitability […]

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What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

March 18, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest In my previous article on Scale-up from the Microbes Perspective, I discussed how the biotechnology commercialization process would be viewed by a microbe. This is a little lighter topic than the engineering subjects I usually write about, but the robust response to the […]

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Green for the Common Man

Green for the Common Man

February 25, 2019 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” & Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to the Digest           Out of the climate change cacophony, two notes that ring true for us are:  1) No climate fixes can be made without improving the lives of those in distressed rural areas; and, 2) Bio-based fuels and chemicals are needed […]

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Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

February 19, 2019 |

By Michael Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelion Underwriting Inc. Special to The Digest Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California’s Cap & Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – because […]

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Open the Door to Higher Blends

Open the Door to Higher Blends

February 12, 2019 |

Doug Sombke, President, South Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprise Special to The Digest  Once again, the ethanol industry seems determined to play small ball and unwittingly limit itself to ever realizing its full potential.  Reports out of Iowa following the renewable fuels summit that the industry is thriving defies any rational thinking.  The […]

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Renewable Fuels Association: 2019 State of the Industry Address 

Renewable Fuels Association: 2019 State of the Industry Address 

February 12, 2019 |

By Geoff Cooper President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association Good Morning! Welcome to the 2019 National Ethanol Conference. Thank you for being here. As you just heard from Neil, I’m the new President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. I was honored and humbled to assume that role in October and I am extremely […]

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Consumer Values Drive Demand for the Bioeconomy Specialty Chemicals

Consumer Values Drive Demand for the Bioeconomy Specialty Chemicals

February 5, 2019 |

By Bogdan Comanita, PhD/MBA, Principal MarketChemica Inc.[1] and member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Abstract VIRIDISOL®, ecoXTRACT® and GreenFlame® are examples of B2B brands launched in 2018 that support the use of new biobased products in large B2C markets. All these B2B brands are in perfect alignment with powerful B2C brands […]

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Transport bursts onto global decarbonisation map

Transport bursts onto global decarbonisation map

January 31, 2019 |

By Matthew Stone, Managing Director of PRIMA Special to The Digest Transport has long been recognised as the hardest part of the global economy to decarbonise. Sitting outside the remit of schemes such as the EU’s carbon Emissions Trading Scheme, the road sector has traditionally depended on biofuel mandates to reduce its carbon footprint in […]

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World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

January 21, 2019 |

by Bruce Comer, Founder and Managing Director, Ocean Park Special to The Digest Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals […]

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Sustainable plastics – If we want a sustainable future, it will be driven by companies

Sustainable plastics – If we want a sustainable future, it will be driven by companies

January 16, 2019 |

By Tomi Nyman, Principal at Pöyry Special to The Digest It seems like there is a never-ending deluge of negativity about plastics in the media. Yet for all the valid and important points being made about the environmental impacts of plastics, the most important question is all too often missed: can plastics be replaced? Ending […]

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