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Towards industrial sustainability

The latest publication in a series by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which review the environmental applications of biotechnology has recently been published. The book, written with the help of leading academic and industrial biotechnology exp...
The latest publication in a series by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which review the environmental applications of biotechnology has recently been published. The book, written with the help of leading academic and industrial biotechnology experts, was partly financed by the European Commission, DG XII, under the Biotechnology research programme (BIOTECH).

The report describes life cycle assessment (LCA) which proposes a method for defining clean technology and argues that this is one of the best available tools for this purpose. It also gives an overall picture of how biotechnology is used by industry, giving examples of new procedures and evaluating the economic importance of biotechnological applications in the chemicals, pulp and paper, textiles and leather, food and feed processing, metals and mineral extraction, and energy sectors.

The study shows that both the environment and industry can benefit from biotechnology. However, it is concluded that when there is no great economic incentive, biotechnology penetrates industry very slowly and encouragement, notably from government, is needed during the early stages of adoption.

It is also noted that a greater ability to manipulate biological processes will have a significant impact on manufacturing industries. Research and development policy is viewed as critical, particularly in building bridges from basic research to final implementation, and for supporting demonstration projects. Education and training are also viewed as important to promote the adoption of clean industrial biotechnology.

Source: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

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