An efficient producer pathway granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, Iowa, will allow the ethanol plant to generate renewable identification numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for non-grandfathered ethanol volumes. The facility has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26.8% versus baseline gasoline, EPA documents indicate.
Members of the Biofuture Platform, which includes 20 countries, signed the Scaling Up the Low Carbon Bioeconomy declaration at the UN Climate Change Conference to help advance the worldwide bioeconomy. Achieving the goals set out in the Paris Agreement would be impossible without expanding the bioeconomy and boosting the use of sustainable biofuels, said the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, both Biofuture Platform members.
Clean technology firm bio-bean and Royal Dutch Shell will use waste coffee grounds to produce biofuel to power buses in London. "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," said bio-bean founder Arthur Kay.
RPC MandH and Braskem will produce packaging made from ethanol-based bioplastic sourced from sugarcane for men's cosmetic brand Bulldog. "Bulldog is proud to be the first men's skincare brand in the world to use plastic from sugarcane in our packaging," said Bulldog Skincare For Men founder Simon Duffy.
A hearing on CRISPR genome editing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions focused on ethical and regulatory concerns surrounding the technology. "Protecting the rights of research participants will only strengthen the work of the scientists and the biotech companies who are doing such exciting work in gene editing," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Scientists in New Zealand are mulling the use of gene drive technology to cut the country's pest population, including mice, possums and rats, according to a study in the journal PLOS Biology. "The bottom line is that making a standard, self-propagating CRISPR-based gene drive system is likely equivalent to creating a new, highly invasive species -- both will likely spread to any ecosystem in which they are viable, possibly causing ecological change," said Kevin Esvelt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The James Beard Foundation is working with restaurants around the US to reduce food waste and adopt circular models. Other businesses are employing vertical farming and recycled waste to make the most of limited resources.
Electronics companies are embracing circular strategies as a way to limit waste. Business leaders and scientists recommend adopting principles such as modular design for ease of repair and 3D-printable components.
Consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable goods and services, creating room for companies to expand their offerings. Designing and marketing goods with sustainability in mind is the way forward for many businesses.
More companies may choose solar over wind or move their investments overseas if Congress moves forward with the House of Representative's proposal to end the wind energy Production Tax Credit, Cassandra Sweet writes. Pattern Energy CEO Michael Garland said the rollback could slow his company's growth, but not significantly, because more than 60% of its new projects are in overseas markets.