March 21, 2023

National Academies Publishes Proceedings of Workshop on Successes and Challenges in Biomanufacturing

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   That National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) hosted an October 2022 workshop on successes and challenges in biomanufacturing. The workshop brought together biomanufacturing stakeholders across industry, academia, and government with expertise across diverse fields, including United States-based and international speakers. According to NASEM, discussions spanned the breadth of biomanufacturing contexts and applications,...
March 14, 2023

EPA Announces P2 Grant for Environmental Justice through Safer and More Sustainable Products

 By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   On March 8, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $16 million for two new grant opportunities to support states and Tribes in providing technical assistance to businesses seeking to develop and adopt pollution prevention (P2) practices that advance environmental justice in underserved communities. The Request for Applications for P2 investments include the Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental...
March 9, 2023

USDA Celebrates Inaugural National Biobased Products Day, Announces 2022 Award Winners for BioPrefer

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   On March 8, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the kickoff of the inaugural National Biobased Products Day and highlighted the accomplishments of people and organizations working to improve sustainability within the federal government. USDA notes that its ongoing work includes the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative programs, which fund research that advances...
March 6, 2023

BETO Hosting 2023 Project Peer Review on April 3-7, 2023

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its 2023 Project Peer Review April 3-7, 2023. Projects in BETO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies. Simultaneous review sessions of projects across the BETO technology areas will occur. The event will...
March 3, 2023

BETO Will Host March 23 Listening Session on Next Billion-Ton Report

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a listening session at the 2023 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) to obtain stakeholder feedback on the next Billion-Ton Report. BETO seeks suggestions for making this product even more useful, as well as feedback on the 2016 Billion-Ton Report and related products. The anticipated 2023 Billion-Ton Report will build on previous national...
March 3, 2023

OIRA Calls for Feedback on Recommendations to Encourage More Engagement in the Regulatory Process; W

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   In February 2023, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published a summary of learnings and potential recommendations on broadening public engagement in the federal regulatory process. The learnings and recommendations were developed from written submissions and a public engagement session in November 2022 with hundreds of participants. OIRA invites feedback on the recommendations...
March 2, 2023

Legislative Package Includes Bills to Advance Biofuels Research

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   On February 16, 2023, Representative Randy Feenstra (R-IA) introduced a legislative package that includes bills regarding researching the potential of biofuels to power jet engines and developing a commercially viable fuel cell system for cars and trucks powered exclusively by biofuels. The package includes: The Comparison of Sustainable Transportation (COST) Act would direct the Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)...
March 1, 2023

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Future of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels and Considerations for a

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on February 15, 2023, on “The Future of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels and Considerations for a National Clean Fuels Program.” The Committee heard from the following witnesses: Michael J. Graff, Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), American Air Liquide Holdings Incorporated; Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association; and Chris Spear, President and...
March 1, 2023

FTC Will Host May 23, 2023, Workshop on Recyclable Claims and the Green Guides

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a workshop on May 23, 2023, to examine “recyclable” adverting claims as part of its review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (Green Guides). The workshop, “Talking Trash at the FTC: Recyclable Claims and the Green Guides,” is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is not required.   According to the pre-publication version of the...
February 28, 2023

ITA Reports on Opportunities for U.S. Companies in Italy Bioplastics Market

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton   According to a January 24, 2023, item published by the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), the demand for new bioplastic materials and innovative processing technologies is high, contributing to the European and Italian plastics circular economy policy. According to ITA, European demand for bioplastics (compostable, bio-attributed, and bio-based) grew more than 23 percent annually from 2019 to 2021, increasing from 210,000 to 320,000...