Nov 17, 2020

Changing tomorrow, today: How biology can help reverse climate change

Change is an active event. It never just happens in a vacuum. Change requires a catalyst. Climate change, for example, is the result of decades of destructive human activity. It didn’t come out of nowhere or happen overnight. And to reverse the damaging effects of it, we will need to proactively change how we manufacture and use our planet’s resources. But there is a coalition in place to help slow or even reverse the impacts of climate change: the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement charts a new course in the global climate effort. Participating countries agreed to carbon reduction targets, known as “intended nationally determined contributions,” which outline each country’s commitments for curbing emissions. Further, the agreement includes the the individual commitments of some 2,250 cities and 2,025 companies.

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a critical step in slowing the impacts of climate change. Many participants look to larger GHG-producing industries like transportation and energy to drive significant, positive changes more quickly. Global dependence on petroleum as a fuel and feedstock is certainly an issue, but there are many opportunities in sectors like consumer packaging, agriculture, and electronics, where we can make products that are better, cheaper, and greener.

We proudly support the aims of the Paris Agreement, and we are proud of our ability to contribute to meaningful technological change. We use biology as a platform to make better products that will help revolutionize the chemical and materials industry. We’ve proven what’s possible with the release of our Hyaline films earlier this year, and we continue to make progress in fields like agriculture and personal care products. We are equally committed to advancing global standards for creating and measuring the performance of new bio-built materials, helping speed the adoption and growth of the biomanufacturing category.

We believe in making better things a better way, and there is much to do. Read more about how we do it.