The World Business Council for Sustainable Development announced a new global initiative to cut corporate use of fossil fuels in half, and the USDA continued to roll out programs that will support and fund the development of biofuels in the U.S. Plus, scientists in South Korea developed a new way to turn human waste into biofuel.  Read on to get the full details for each of these top biofuel headlines from the past week below.

Beyond Biofuel: Fighting Climate Change With “Best-Of-Breed”

below50 is a new initiative that will build global collaboration, prodding companies in all sectors to reduce the carbon intensity in their transportation fuels by half. The campaign will also serve as a hub to centralize resources, produce effective dialogue and serve as a go-to resource for policymakers and legislators. Novozymes is among the initial 20 organizations who joined the coalition. To learn about the leaders behind below50 and what they stand for, read the article on Clean Technica.

Turning Human Waste into Biofuel

A new laboratory has recently launched at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, where researchers have found a new way to covert human waste to renewable energy resources by using a waterless toilet system. The project aims to reduce the negative effect that over-population and urbanization has on the ecosystem. Professor Jaeweon Cho, who is heading the project, thinks this innovation will be a “pivotal stepping stone” for many countries lacking high sanitation standards, as well as a reliable and affordable source of energy. Read more on Science Daily.

USDA Awards $8.8 Million Under Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

On May 27 the USDA announced that more than $8.8 million would be available to invest in various feedstocks through its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. The program, established in 2008, makes payments to biofuels producers based on the amount of biofuel they produce from renewable biomass. The payments will help spur biofuel production, work to protect the environment and help create jobs by building up a renewable energy economy in rural areas. Read more about the program in Ethanol Producer.

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Courtney Beck

Courtney's career has spanned all areas of production agriculture, and she loves advocating for an industry with the potential to change the world. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys riding her horses, Josie and Vinci, and turning the music all the way up.