Biobased Products News and Policy Report – Update from Bergeson & Campbell, PC

Biobased and Renewable Products Update

February 14, 2019


U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal

On February 7, 2019, Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), in partnership with Senator Ed Markey (D- MA), released the outline for the Green New Deal, a policy package designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the transformation of the U.S. economy. The outline includes highlights on the systemic impact from climate change, particularly on women, indigenous populations, deindustrialized and migrant communities, the poor, communities of color, depopulated rural communities, low-income workers, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth. Stating that climate change poses a direct threat to the U.S. national security, the outline of the Deal makes it the federal government’s duty to pass its measures. These duties include transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy; creating millions of high-wage jobs; ensuring economic security for everyone; investing in infrastructure and industry; ensuring clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, access to healthy food, and a sustainable environment; and promoting justice and equity that currently prevent oppression repair.  According to Ocasio-Cortez’s outline, all Green New Deal goals should be addressed in ten years through:

Resiliency building against climate change-related disasters;
Pollution elimination;
Expansion of renewable and zero-emission energy sources;
Spurring growth in clean manufacturing;
Promoting sustainable farming;
Building a sustainable food system;
Provision of resources, training, and education; and
Public investment in research and development (R&D), among other measures.


DOE EERE BTO Funded Study Assessed Impacts Of Thinning Forests

On February 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the development of spatial models, from a BETO-funded project, to determine how forest management can produce biofuels, restore at-risk salmonids, and reduce the risk of wildfires. Conducted by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the study assessed the impacts of thinning forests on habitats, which include benefits to the environment and the economy. While PNNL researchers are focused on using a model to relate forest treatments to streamflow and temperature and ORNL researchers are focused on models linking streamflow and temperature, USFS is using a model to evaluate synergies among thinning effects, which includes biofuel feedstock production. For further details on how the study supports the biomass industry, click here.


State Of Minnesota Announces Grant Opportunity

Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture has announced the AGRI Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant to provide funding for biofuel blending infrastructure equipment. In hopes of promoting economic growth and environmentally friendly practices in Minnesota’s biofuels industries, the Grant aims to develop new or enhanced markets that improve blending outcomes, including but not limited to increasing sales and greater access to fuels. The Grant is open to Minnesota-based organizations that are biofuel producers, blending and supplying fuel businesses, and petroleum fuel blenders/distributions. Funds can be used for equipment purchase and its installation or associated costs. The project eligibility requires that the equipment continues to operate until the grant contract expires, the equipment be installed in Minnesota, and that it is compatible with the biofuel-petroleum blends. The amount available ($650,000 in 2019) allows for various grants to be given, and cannot exceed $199,000 of grants per applicant. Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, April 12, 2019. For the full request for the proposal, click here.

Other News

POET, “POET’s Jive Improves, Rejuvenates Asphalt in Roads Across the US
Project Cargo Global, “Coalition Provides Sustainable Marine Biofuels Verification
Firstpost., “Govt Allows Export of Biofuels from Special Economic Zones and Export-oriented Units
Arab News, “Indonesia to Challenge ‘Discriminative’ EU Directive on Palm Oil
Biofuels Digest, “Biobased Smart Bombs for Pests: Two New Strategic Investments in Biopesticides from TechAccel
Energy Live News, “Biofuels to Power 30% of Finland’s Cars by 2029
Designboom, “form us with love & BAUX Develop 100% Bio-based Acoustic Pulp Panels
Europe’s Plastic Processors Magazine, “Applications Open for Bio-based Material of the Year 2019
The Nation, “Conference on Advancement in Biotechnology Held at IIUI, “All Valio Dairy Cartons Sold in Finland Now Plant-based”
Biomass Magazine, “Braskem, Haldor Topsoe Commission Baiobased MEG Demonstration Unit
TheWeek, “Punjab Govt Inks MoU with Virgo Corp for Biofuel Project
Reuters, “Exclusive: U.S. EPA May Issue E15 Gasoline Plan without Biofuel Credit Trade Limits – Sources
Genetic Literacy Project, “Egypt Poised to Again Lead Africa in Agricultural Biotechnology Innovation
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