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Neste Announces Plans To Invest In Research On Waste And Residue Raw Materials

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On June 6, 2017, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that it would direct a large amount of its resources to researching waste and waste raw materials. In the future, Neste aims to produce biofuels and bioplastics from waste...more

AkzoNobel Announces Imagine Chemistry Winners

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On June 6, 2017, AkzoNobel, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the winners of its Imagine Chemistry challenge. The following winners have been awarded joint development...more

University Of Maine Launches Demonstration Of Biomass To Bioproducts Pilot Plant

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On May 1, 2017, the University of Maine (UMaine) began a continuous 100-hour demonstration of a biomass to bioproducts pilot plant at its Technology Research Center (TRC). The plant, which is the result of a partnership...more

DOE Workshop On Biobased Functional Replacement Chemicals

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a Workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Bio-Based Chemicals on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The...more

AkzoNobel Announces Finalists For Imagine Chemistry Start-Up Challenge

On April 21, 2017, AkzoNobel announced the 20 finalists for its Imagine Chemistry initiative. The initiative, which was launched earlier this year as reported in the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group’s (BRAG®)...more

Don’t Miss The Biobased and Renewable Chemicals Conference, May 10-11, 2017, In Wilmington, Delaware

The 2017 Biobased and Renewable Chemicals Conference, which has been organized by the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and supported by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute, is a...more

AkzoNobel Joins Partnership To Develop Wood To Chemicals Biorefinery

On February 9, 2017, Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel (a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®)), Chemport Europe, RWE Generation, and Staatsbosbeheer to develop a reference plant...more

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference March 1-3, 2017, Washington D.C.

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2017 (ABLC 2017) will be held March 1 - 3, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing...more

Illinois State Senators Introduce Legislation To Boost Biobased Economy

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On February 9, 2017, Illinois State Senators Andy Manar and Chapin Rose introduced legislation aimed at growing Illinois’ biobased economy by providing incentives under the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Program...more

BIO World Congress On Industrial Biotechnology, July 23-26, 2017, Montreal, Canada

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The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology brings together business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. The event taking place July 23-26, 2017, at the...more

AkzoNobel To Produce Biobased Polymers With Itaconix

On January 27, 2017, AkzoNobel, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), signed a framework joint development agreement with Itaconix, a specialty chemicals company and U.S. subsidiary of...more

AkzoNobel Launches Global Chemicals Start-Up Challenge

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On January 16, 2017, AkzoNobel announced the launch of Imagine Chemistry, which provides start-up firms, students, research groups, and career scientists an opportunity to collaborate with AkzoNobel experts to solve real-life...more

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

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President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

Green Biologics Receives USDA BioPreferred Certification

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On November 29, 2016, Green Biologics, Inc. (Green Biologics) announced that its high purity biobased n-butanol and acetone received certification under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred® program. Both...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2016

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TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Issues Statements Of Findings For September 2016: On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing its findings after its review of Toxic...more

What Does The Loss Of “Green Chemistry” Provision From Amended TSCA Mean For Biochemicals?

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On July 15, 2016, Environmental Leader published "What Does the Loss of 'Green Chemistry' Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?," featuring comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Biobased and Renewable...more

UCR Provides More Detail On Biomass Based Fuel And Chemical Project That Received 1.3 Million

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On May 11, 2016, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) provided more information about the project that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding with $1.3 million as part of the Biomass Research and...more

Neste Renewable’s Isoalkane To Be Used In Avantherm’s Heat Transfer Media

On April 28, 2016, Neste Renewable, a Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member, announced that its renewable isoalkane would be used in Avantherm's renewable Heat Transfer Media products. Avantherm will...more

Iowa Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Signed Into Law

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On April 6, 2016, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2300, creating a five cent tax credit, per pound of renewable chemicals produced from biomass feedstock between 2017 and 2026. Spokesman for Governor, Ben...more

Companies with Commercial Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals -- Get Ready For CDR

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In less than two months, renewable fuel and biobased chemical companies that have successfully moved from research and development to commercialization will be required to respond to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's...more

Iowa Senate Approves Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Legislation

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On March 17, 2016, the Iowa State Senate voted 46-3 to approve Senate File 2300, a bill creating a production tax credit for renewable chemicals. The legislation was created to attract investment in renewable chemical...more

Bridges To Biofuels: AHB Initiative Supports Education And Opportunities For Hardwood Bioproducts

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Advance Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) is a consortium of Pacific Northwest University and industry partners. AHB's new initiative, led by the University of Washington, supports a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and...more

USDA Releases BioPreferred Program Fact Sheet And Announces Tide PurClean Certification

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Last week, USDA issued a fact sheet containing an Overview of USDA's BioPreferred Program (BioPreferred). BioPreferred was created in 2002 with the passing of the 2002 Farm Bill, and was recently expanded as part of the 2014...more

Biobased Chemicals: The Iowa Opportunity Report Calls For State Support Of Biorenewables

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On January 14, 2016, a report titled "Biobased Chemicals: The Iowa Opportunity" was released by Iowa's Cultivation Corridor and the Iowa Biotechnology Association at the Iowa Statehouse. This report is based on research by...more

EPA Denies SDA Nomenclature Petition, But Options for Adding Biobased Sources Remain Open

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On January 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of EPA’s response to a petition it received from the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy...more

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