Biotechnology for Clean Vehicles: Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Enable Next-Generation Biomaterials and Biofuels

Even as the deployment of renewable power such as wind and solar have served to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the utility sector, emissions from the transportation sector have remained largely unchanged. Effectively addressing climate emissions from the transportation sector will require simultaneously increasing vehicle efficiency and decreasing fuel carbon intensity. Recent advances in biotechnology and bioengineering can be leveraged to yield more efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels. This Sustainable Transportation Summit session will introduce transportation stakeholders to novel biomaterials and engineered biological systems with unique applicability to vehicle efficiency and sustainability. Further, it will illustrate how synthetic biology tools can be employed to enable the production of new biomaterials and advanced, low-carbon biofuel to benefit and promote a sustainable transportation sector. 

See below for a detailed agenda. Additional information will be provided once a final list of speakers is confirmed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
8:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.Welcome
  • Tackling transportation sector climate emissions using biotechnology 
8:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.Biotechnology and synthetic biology for the transportation sector
  • Enabling advanced biofuels and bioproducts with a synthetic biology foundry
  • Building better batteries through biotechnology
  • Perspectives on the use of renewable materials in the auto sector
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.Panel discussion on emerging biotechnologies for clean cars and clean fuels
  • Which precursor chemicals are needed for next-generation fuels?
  • Which precursor chemicals are needed for next-generation materials?
  • What is the role of a synthetic biology foundry in enabling renewable fuels and materials?
  • What will a biotechnology-enabled sustainable transportation sector look like?
11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Open Discussion
12:00 p.m.