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Novozymes Applauds Introduction of Sen. Stabenow's Biobased Economy Legislation

Date Posted: March 5, 2012

Washington, DC—Novozymes, the leading producer of industrial enzymes for industries from brewing to biofuels, today applauded the introduction of Senator Debbie Stabenow’s “Grow It Here, Make It Here” legislation which would boost the United States’ use of biobased products as an alternative to petroleum products.

Specifically, the bill will modify the Farm Bill’s Biobased Market Program, Biorefinery Assistance Program and Biomass Research and Development Initiative and engage the federal government to use those products.

“America needs a bio-based economy – and this bill can be its foundation.

"A transition from an oil-based to bio-based economy can create jobs, support local famers and promote growth in our cities and towns and our country’s manufacturing hubs,” said Adam Monroe, President of Novozymes North America.

“We thank Senator Stabenow for her strong leadership on energy and manufacturing issues.

"She understands the type of Farm Bill and federal policies America needs to grow these industries. We urge others to follow her example.”

Senator Stabenow’s bill would:

• Amend the definition of biomass conversion facility to include facilities that convert or propose to convert renewable biomass into renewable chemicals.

• Amend the definition of biorefinery to include facilities that convert renewable biomass into renewable chemicals.

• Amend the definition of intermediate ingredient or feedstock to include renewable chemicals.

• Define renewable chemical as “a monomer, polymer, plastic, or formulated product produced from renewable biomass.”

Like Senator Stabenow, Novozymes is working towards a world where everyday products are made from organic materials instead of oil:

• Transportation fuels from agricultural and forestry waste and non-food energy crops, that burn up to 90 percent cleaner than gasoline

• Detergents that clean thoroughly in cold water, thereby reducing energy consumption and water pollution

• Plastics and polymers that are based on renewable biomass – not petroleum

• Renewable chemicals that are less harsh to the environment

• Food crops that require less fertilizer and water, yet produce higher per-acre yields

• Animal feed that promotes greater nutrient absorption, and reduces harmful by-products in animal waste

Novozymes’ enzyme technology, for example, enables detergents to remove difficult stains at low temperatures and detergent manufacturers to concentrate the cleaning power in their products so package sizes can be reduced.

In December 2011, A study among 2,500 consumers in 6 countries found that consumer washing temperatures are higher than necessary, and that only 30 percent of consumers wash only at 30°C/86°F or lower.

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