Position papers

White Biotechnology: Gateway to a More Sustainable Future


White biotechnology, also called industrial biotechnology, has large potential to substantially impact industrial production and thereby contribute to a more sustainable future.

This booklet provides a brief summary of a study conducted by six innovative companies who are amongst the pioneers of white biotechnology. Together with the Oeko Institute, McKinsey & Company, and a scientific advisory board, the companies have documented their achievements to date with white biotechnology, and have estimated its potential for creating a more sustainable society – a society in which a profitable industry can deliver better products with a lower environmental impact.

The study demonstrates that social, environmental, and economic benefits go hand-in-hand.