A Story of Innovation: Collaboration for Cellulosic Ethanol

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Robin Jenkins, Chemical Engineer in Life Cycle Assessment

“I conduct Life Cycle Assessments for DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol focused on the sustainable production of cellulosic ethanol. As we commercialize this new, large-scale industry, it is critical that we aim to reduce the environmental footprint across our supply chain and sustain future generations while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

To help accomplish this, I represent DuPont on the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP), one of the leading groups in bioenergy sustainability standardization. It is rewarding to work with diverse stakeholders to develop voluntary sustainability standards for biomass and bioenergy production in the United States. Current membership includes bioenergy and biomass producers, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies.  We have developed a draft standard for agriculture, which includes sustainability principles ranging from air emissions and soil quality to biodiversity and socio-economic well-being.”