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Godavari Biorefineries bags USDA-certified biobased label for NaturoBG
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Godavari Biorefineries Ltd has earned the US Department of Agriculture- (USDA) certified biobased product label. The products, NaturoBG (1,3-Butylene Glycol), Acetic Acid Glacial and Crotonaldehyde are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights the percentage of biobased content.

The following Godavari Biorefineries Ltd products have earned the USDA-certified biobased product labels:

? Acetic acid glacial with 100 per cent biobased content.
? NaturoBG (1,3-Butylene Glycol) with 100 per cent biobased content.
? Crotonaldehyde with 100 per cent biobased content

Third-party verification for a product’s biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Programme, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill).

One of the goals of the BioPreferred Programme is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products.

The USDA-certified biobased product label displays a product’s biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilising renewable, bio-based materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals.

Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change.

Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

Samir Somaiya said, “The USDA BioPreferred label demonstrates our commitment to sustainability through providing industries with bio based chemicals. It is another milestone in our journey to be the preferred source of sustainable products to our customers worldwide. We are proud to add NaturoBG (1,3-Butylene Glycol), Acetic Acid Glacial and Crotonaldehydemade from renewable resources to our portfolio.”

“We applaud Godavari Biorefineries Ltd for earning the USDA-certified biobased product label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Programe, adding, “Products from Godavari Biorefineries Ltd are contributing to an ever expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”

According to a report that USDA released in 2016, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the US economy in 2014 and support, directly and indirectly, 4.2 million jobs. In this report, the research team estimate petroleum displacement of up to 6.8 million barrels in 2014.

The increased production of renewable chemicals and bio based products contributes to the development and expansion of the US bio-economy, where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals and products.
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