Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The products, NaturoBG® (1,3-Butylene Glycol), Acetic Acid Glacial, 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 Label:
– Acetic Acid Glacial with 100% biobased content.
– NaturoBG® (1,3-Butylene Glycol) with 100% biobased content.
– Crotonaldehyde with 100% biobased content.
Third-party verification for a product’s biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program 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. Utilizing renewable, biobased 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, says Mr Samir Somaiya, “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 Program. “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 U.S. 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 U.S. bio economy – where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and products.
About Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.:
Godavari Biorefineries Ltd is one of India’s leading and sustainable biorefinery company producing, sugar, biofuels, chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using biomass as the primary feedstock.
The Company pioneered the utilisation of alcohol for manufacturing organic chemicals. Today, the Company’s portfolio of speciality chemicals includes over 30 bio-based chemicals for use in demanding applications around the world that are specially engineered to address challenges and meet critical performance requirements for key markets.
The Company manufactures numerous agro-based chemicals and speciality chemicals that are used as intermediates or significant ingredients in several industries including adhesives, cosmetics, electronics, food & beverages, flavours, fragrances, oils and lubricants, pharmaceuticals, plastics and paints, textiles and leather.
The Company has a global presence with manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra and Karnataka and offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi , The Netherlands (Hoofdorp), and New Jersey.
About the USDA BioPreferred Program and Certified Biobased Product label:
The BioPreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and Federal contractors and voluntary product certification and labeling.
Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label communicates a product’s biobased content. Expressed as a percentage, biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.