Global Consequences of Bioproduction of Fuels and Chemicals: An Introduction

  • Andrew Hagan
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Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)


Computing power has increased dramatically in the last 30 years leading to new technologies and possibilities. This could be better described as an evolution rather than revolution. However, two factors are creating global revolutions. They are environment and sustainability and biotechnology. This chapter explores the link between the two and the potential of industrial biotechnology to contribute to addressing global challenges in a systemic way; looking at the global megatrends and challenges, sustainable development goals, planetary boundaries, GDP, economic and qualitative growth, circular economy, distributed manufacturing, health and nutrition, new related technologies, leveraging other emerging technologies, and ITC. It looks not just at direct impact but indirect secondary and tertiary effects. It hints at the potential of combining biotechnology with the increased computing power and move to the digital world. Finally, it highlights that there are potential disadvantages and risks in addition to the benefits and that these need to be mitigated.


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  1. 1.World Council on Industrial BiotechnologyGenevaSwitzerland

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