The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) helps members develop and bring to market their innovative biobased and renewable chemical products through insightful policy and regulatory advocacy. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

By Lauren M. Graham, Ph.D.

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates are hosting SPARK 2017 to support game-changing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and advance the bioindustrial sector.  The conference will take place November 6-8, 2017, in Edmonton, Canada.  SPARK 2017 aims to inspire, motivate, and support researchers and innovators by connecting them with others working to advance innovative technology across four key areas, including:

  • Bioindustrial Development and Biological GHG Emissions;
  • Industrial Processes and Energy Efficiency;
  • Reducing GHG Footprint from Fossil Fuels; and
  • Low-emitting Electricity Supply.
Abstract submissions are due by June 19, 2017.

 

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 (ABLC 2016) will be held February 17-19, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Chemist for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will present "TSCA and the Cellulosic Revolution" during the "Cellulosic fuels: first commercials and beyond" session on February 18, "a look at first commercials and multi-year, multi-location deployments - who's adopting, what feedstocks, what policy supports are working, and where."

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), will present "Cooperative Efforts Critical in Reducing Regulatory Commercialization Obstacles: A BRAG Update," on February 19 during the "Consortia and Partnerships" session. Changing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies to eliminate the regulatory inequity for novel source substances requires strong coordinated and collaborative efforts from the industry. BRAG successfully advocated for reduced reporting for the biodiesel industry in 2015, and Ms. Roberts will present opportunities for further engagement from impacted stakeholders to achieve similar success for novel biobased chemicals made from algae, microbes, or non-traditional plant sources.


 

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE "TSCA REFORM PANEL SUMMIT," OR TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST, AT THE ELI WEBSITE.

George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWU Law School, Environmental Law Institute, Arnold & Porter LLP, and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Present:  TSCA Reform Panel Summit: What's Happening Now, and What's Next?

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EST)

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Main Auditorium, 950 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20052.  A light lunch will be served, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

With prospects for the Senate and House versions of TSCA reform legislation the subject of considerable speculation and conjecture, join us this Thursday, November 19, 2015, for a wide-ranging panel discussion titled “TSCA Reform: What’s Happening Now, and What’s Next” featuring the inside view from two former EPA Assistant Administrators, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Senior Government Affairs Consultant James V. Aidala; and Arnold & Porter LLP partner Lawrence E. Culleen, whose former EPA roles include Chief of the New Chemicals Branch, managing the premanufacture notice program under TSCA. 

No subject will be off-limits as these EPA alumni discuss the legislative prospects of the competing bills, the process and administrative issues that will face EPA the day after a revised law is passed, and the equally interesting prospect of what the industrial chemical community will face if this once-in-a-generation chance at TSCA reform is lost.  The 75-minute panel discussion will be moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson, with a 15-minute question and answer period for audience members in the room and viewing the webcast at the conclusion.  Register to attend the "TSCA Reform Panel Summit," or to view the LIVE Webcast, at the ELI website.  ELI membership is not required.

TSCA Reform Summit Information Flyer


 

The third annual National Bioenergy Day will be occurring on October 21, 2015, across the United States. This special day is led by the Biomass Power Association in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, and is intended to allow organizations to showcase the benefits of bioenergy to their communities. The National Bioenergy Day 2015 Participation Guide outlines some of the best ways to participate, including interacting with local schools and media organizations, and encouraging collaboration with vendors, suppliers, and customers.


 

The Algae Biomass Summit, held in Washington, D.C. last week and claimed by organizers as the largest algae gathering in the world, featured the announcement of a new X-Prize to incentivize development of zero-carbon energy technologies, and some very honest and illuminating plenary sessions featuring leaders of algae businesses. More reports can be found on the Algae Biomass Organization's blog and by perusing the crowd-sourced reporting at Twitter #ABS15.

BRAG's Dr. Richard E. Engler led a panel discussing the legal, regulatory, and political considerations when commercializing algal products. Jeremiah Frueauf from Sterne Kessler spoke about creating an algae intellectual property portfolio. Marlena Hurley from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) discussed political risk mitigation and investments in emerging markets. Chris Cassidy of USDA promoted the funding opportunities through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, noting that this program applies to Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased products, and that there is wide borrower eligibility.

Dr. Engler then shared a presentation on how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to algae that is used as a fuel or industrial intermediate. He stressed that it does not matter if the substance is not toxic, appears to be a naturally occurring substance, or is very similar to something already on the TSCA inventory. Toxicity is not a factor in determining if a substance must be on the inventory and the definition of naturally occurring substances is very narrow; to be naturally occurring, a product cannot be chemically modified and microbes cannot have genetic material from a different genus. To request a copy of Dr. Engler's presentation, please e-mail your request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Hear BRAG's Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., and other panelists on Thursday, October 1, at the Algae Biomass Summit, which runs September 29 - October 2, 2015, in Washington, D.C. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is a proud sponsor. Register online.


 

"Legal, Regulatory & Political Considerations In Commercializing Algal Products" Panel Presented At ABO, October 1, 2015

Hear BRAG's Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., and other panelists on Thursday, October 1, at the Algae Biomass Summit, which runs September 29 - October 2, 2015, in Washington, D.C. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is a proud sponsor. Register online.


 

The 12th Annual World Congress On Industrial Biotechnology was held by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) on July 19-22, 2015, in Montréal. Lynn L. Bergeson offered opening remarks at the Women in Industrial Biotechnology Reception, sponsored by BRAG, and spoke on the importance of continuing to fight for gender equality for women working in science and other fields. Ms. Bergeson also opened the Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials track, in which Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. presented "TSCA and the Regulation of Biofuels" and "Leveraging 'Green' for Visibility."

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, was presented the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology at the BIO World Congress. The award celebrates a pioneering woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation in honor of Rosalind Franklin. Over 15 female leaders were nominated for the award, and Dr. Holmgren was selected as a result of her work as CEO of LanzaTech, a company that is developing the world's first alternative jet fuel from industrial waste gases using intermediates derived through industrial biotechnology. LanzaTech also won the 2015 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award as part of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for the novel use of waste gas to produce fuel. Dr. Holmgren's work in the advancement of industrial biotechnology was determined to embody the spirit of Rosalind Franklin and her pioneering role in the biotechnology field.


 

ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, July 14-16, 2015, North Bethesda, Maryland

The longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. BRAG is a proud sponsor. Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., will present a session on July 16, 2015, regarding how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) applies to biorenewable feedstocks.

BIO World Congress On Industrial Biotechnology, July 19-22, 2015, Montreal, Canada

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. BRAG advisor Lynn L. Bergeson will offer opening remarks at the Women in Industrial Biotechnology Reception, sponsored by BRAG, at 4:00 p.m. on July 19, 2015, and will open the Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials track, sponsored by BRAG affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), at 8:30 a.m. on July 20, 2015. Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., will present "TSCA and the Regulation of Biofuels" at 8:30 a.m. on July 20, 2015, and "Leveraging 'Green' for Visibility" at 10:30 a.m. on July 20, 2015.


 

It is not too late to register for Bioenergy 2015, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), and taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on June 23–24, 2015.

Speakers include Jonathan Male, Director, BETO; Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, DOE; Robert M. Simon, Principal Advisor to the Director for Energy, Transportation, and Resources, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; and Gregory L. Rorrer, Program Director for the Energy for Sustainability Program in the National Science Foundation's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Science Advisor and Senior Chemist for BRAG affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., will be at Bioenergy 2015.

Bioenergy 2015 program highlights include:

Plenary Sessions

  • Policy and Market Overview
     
  • Biofuels in a Global Marketplace
     
  • Early Market Adopters
     
  • Fuels of the Future: Accelerating the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
     
  • Biofuels and Sustainability: Acknowledging Challenges and Confronting Misconceptions

Breakout Sessions

  • Biomass Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy
     
  • Innovations in Basic Science across Agencies and Offices to Enable Bioenergy
     
  • Bringing Biorefineries into the Mainstream
     
  • The Pitch
     
  • The Future of Algae-Based Biofuels
     
  • New/Emerging Pathways
     
  • Biogas and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for Advanced Biofuels from Wet-Waste Feedstocks
     
  • Reaching Your Stakeholders: Effectively Engaging and Educating Key Audiences
     
  • Growing a Water-Smart Bioeconomy
     
  • The Changing Landscapes for Biobased Chemicals: A Decade After the Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass
     
  • Renewable Gaseous Fuels
     
  • How States are Promoting Advanced Biofuels
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