Interagency Working Groups

Since 2008, the Biomass Research and Development Board has charged several interagency working groups (IWGs) to fulfill certain objectives in accordance with its mission. The Board formalized eight IWGs to enhance information sharing and program coordination for specific components of the supply chain. Made up of technical experts from the Board member agencies, these groups meet more regularly than the Board and implement annual work plans as part of the Bioeconomy Initiative.

Current Interagency Working Groups

Algae

The Algae IWG advises, communicates, and coordinates federal research and development activities relating to the production and use of algae and their products/co-products in a sustainable manner within an appropriate regulatory framework. The IWG works to advance dedicated research and development funding, develop techno-economic models to inform policy decisions, leverage high-value bioproducts to develop algae industry infrastructure, and coordinate regulatory and policy guidance for algae companies.

Feedstock Genetic Improvement

The Feedstock Genetic Improvement IWG advises, communicates, and coordinates federal research activities relative to the development of superior, sustainable, and dedicated terrestrial biomass feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics for innovative breeding programs.

Feedstock Logistics

The Feedstock Logistics IWG addresses collaboration and coordination of research and development activities to help reduce the costs and increase the sustainability of harvest, handling, collection, storage, and preprocessing of feedstocks. The IWG reviews current logistical systems and makes recommendations for research, development, and demonstration to support a sustainable biofuels industry.

Feedstock Production and Management

The Feedstock Production and Management IWG focuses on developing and deploying sustainable feedstock production and management systems and practices for energy crops and for integration into conventional agriculture, forest, and rangeland management. The group works across agencies and partners to promote and execute research to improve systems efficiency and economics, develop sustainable management and production systems, and develop effective decision support tools.

Conversion

The Conversion IWG coordinates federal research and development programs by identifying future areas of interagency collaboration to accelerate the path to commercialization for advanced biofuel, biopower, and non-food biobased products and co-products, while providing the Board with information about relevant conversion technologies.

Transport, Distribution, and End Use

The Transport, Distribution, and End-Use IWG coordinates to overcome technical challenges to systems integration, scale, and deployment and evaluates storage and transportation options and trade-offs for both upstream logistics and downstream fuel distribution and end-use requirements.

Analysis

The Analysis IWG coordinates federal analytical activities in the areas of biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts and informs the Board about the analytical activities various federal agencies are undertaking, identifying areas to leverage resources and ensuring that analysis products are focused to provide value to the Administration and to the general public.

Sustainable Bioeconomy

The Sustainable Bioeconomy IWG fosters collaboration and communication to accelerate scientific understanding of the potential impacts and benefits of an expanded bioeconomy. The IWG provides actionable information to help agencies and stakeholders optimize economic, social, and environmental outcomes.