Interagency Working Groups

Since 2008, the Board has charged interagency working groups to fulfill certain objectives in accordance with its mission. In the 2012 update to the National Biofuels Action Plan, seven interagency working groups were established. Made up of technical experts from the Board member agencies, these groups meet more regularly than the Board and have been charged to complete several activities.

Current Interagency Working Groups

Feedstocks

The Feedstock Logistics Working Group addresses collaboration and coordination of research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities to help reduce the costs and increase the sustainability of harvest, handling, collection, storage and preprocessing of feedstocks. The working group reviews current logistical systems and makes recommendations for research, development, and demonstration to support a sustainable biofuels industry.

Feedstocks Production and Management

The Feedstocks Production and Management Interagency Working Group focuses on developing and deploying sustainable biomass 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.

Feedstocks Production-Genetic Improvement

The Feedstocks Production-Genetic Improvement Working Group is assessing research and development needs to promote next generation biofuels while conserving natural resources. It is considering these needs at the scale of feedstock crop development through genetic improvement using approaches ranging from classical breeding to molecular technologies and genomics.

Conversion

The Conversion Working Group is assessing research and development needs to improve and/or optimize the technical, economic, social, human health and environmental performance of biomass conversion technologies and stimulate movement to commercialization.

Transport and Distribution

The Transport and Distribution Working Group is defining means to overcome technical challenges to systems integration, scalability, and deployability, and is evaluating storage and transportation options and trade-offs for both upstream logistics and downstream fuel distribution and end use requirements.

Algae

The Algae Working Group is advising, communicating, and coordinating federal research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities relating to the production and use of algae and their products/co-products in a sustainable manner within an appropriate regulatory framework.

Analysis

The Analysis Working Group is coordinating federal analytical activities in the areas of biofuels, bio-power and bioproducts, and informing the Board about the analytical activities being undertaken by various federal agencies, identifying areas to leverage resources, and ensuring that analysis products are focused to provide value to the Administration, and to the general public.