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Bioeconomy “alive and well”: BIO


September 21, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has released the new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, stated, “The biobased economy is alive and well; it is not just about biofuels development. BIO’s new report released today on renewable chemical biorefineries illustrates the range of technologies currently undergoing commercialization in the industrial biotechnology space. Analysts predict rapid expansion of renewable chemical sales based on existing and planned production capacity, which for the first time has been catalogued in this report. Growing competition in the sector will assure manufacturers of a steadily available, high-quality and more sustainable supply of renewable chemical building blocks to replace petroleum in consumer products.        

Erickson continued: “Important policy drivers for the future include legislation that would create tax incentives for qualifying renewable chemical production and investments in biorefineries. Spurred by this draft federal legislation, a number of states, such as Iowa and Minnesota, recently enacted production tax credits for renewable chemicals that will help attract renewable chemical companies, build capital investment availability and speed commercialization.”

The new Advancing the Biobased Economy report can be downloaded here.