WWF report: Biotechnology is part of the solution

In September 2009, WWF published a report concluding that industrial biotechnology can produce dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and provide strong progress toward a green and sustainable economy. The findings are based on contributions and data from industry and scientific experts, WWF Denmark, and peer-reviewed research from Novozymes.

Use all proper means

The political challenges are huge, not least because the world needs radical changes now. Vague and indistinct compromises that encourage only incremental change will not do the trick. If we want a better tomorrow, we need to implement existing alternative and better technologies today.

Technical and theoretical solutions are within reach. New sources of energy such as wind and solar power are seen as obvious elements of the technological solution, but it may not be quite as obvious to look at industrial biotechnology as a technology that can be used in the fight against climate change. Nevertheless, WWF has calculated that industrial biotechnology could bring about greenhouse gas reductions of 1–2.5 billion tons per year by 2030.

Society needs to be aware of and utilize different dimensions of industrial biotechnology: improved efficiency, substitution of fossil fuels, substitution of oil-based materials, and the creation of a closed-loop system with the potential to eliminate waste.

A political task

Broad deployment of biotech solutions will create jobs and pave the way for a cleaner environment, but it takes political decisions to make the fundamental changes. Novozymes and WWF have come together to encourage politicians to further the integration of biotechnology into strategies for reducing climate change and to support the application of low-carbon biotechnology in industry. 

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