Federal Agencies Release Bioeconomy Framework

The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board, an interagency collaborative co-chaired by USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy, has released The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework. The document articulates a strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Implementation Framework presents goals and actions for addressing knowledge and technology gaps in advanced algae systems, feedstock improvement, biomass conversion and carbon utilization, and bioeconomy sustainability, among other areas. The Implementation Framework lays out activities to address technology uncertainty; leverage government, academic, and industrial resources and capabilities; stimulate public-private partnerships; and generate technical information that can inform decision-makers and policymakers.