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Biobased chemicals: the convergence of green chemistry with industrial biotechnology

Policy issues around biobased chemicals are similar to those for biobased plastics. However, in Europe, biobased chemical production is further driven by the need to improve the competitiveness of the chemicals industry.

Drivers for biobased chemicals
In 1994, the first sentence in an article by Frost and Lievense [1] read: ‘Although aromatics are currently syn- thesized from benzene, toluene, and xylene derived from fossil feedstocks, environmental considerations and the scarcity of petroleum will necessitate development of other industrial routes to these molecules in nations such as the United States.’

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Tags: drivers, organic, platform chemicals, enzymes, petrochemicals, TSCA, REACH, bioplastics, biofuels, Europe, bioenergy, succinic acid, biobased indigo


Trends in Biotechnology, 2013-02-09.


Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
US Department of Energy (DoE)