The BDO Zone Initiative

Accelerating biobased investment in over 1000 Opportunity Zones

The Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone Initiative enables economically distressed communities to powerfully leverage biomass assets to serve as anchors for revitalization.

It is a force-multiplier for the job creation ability of the federal tax incentives, driving billions into biobased economic development and renewable energy jobs in OZs across the country.

The BDO Zone Initiative can move the needle on job creation, social justice, and clean energy with our goal of 1000 BDO Zone designations in 4 years.


new clean energy jobs


in direct and indirect economic impact 


reduction of net U.S. GHG emissions

Benefits of BDO Zone Designations


  • Credibly promote “investment-grade” biomass assets to investors and developers around the world.
  • Attract new plants that make advanced ground transportation biofuels, sustainable aviation fuels, renewable chemicals, biogas, and other biobased products.
  • Create permanent local new energy jobs.

Capital Markets & Developers

  • Accelerate capital flow to biobased projects.
  • Faster investment decision-making.
  • More accurate and less risky deployment of capital.


  • Supercharge the job creation impact of federal tax incentives.
  • Create clean energy jobs in low-income and rural and urban communities.
  • Significantly decrease national GHG emissions.

A message from the BDO Zone Initiative Chair Jordan Solomon.

The BDO Zone Ratings Framework

BDO Zone Ratings help local economic development agencies and communities more effectively and credibly disclose feedstock-related risks and promote biomass and development opportunities.

Ratings signal that the economically distressed community has undergone rigorous and extensive due diligence using a framework of over 100 standardized, transparent, and validated risk indicators based on the BSCR Standards for biobased investment. “A” and “AA” Ratings identify OZs best positioned for low-risk bioeconomy project development.

Feedstock surplus

Data indicating at least a 3x Biomass Availability Multiple of excess sustainable feedstock available to support typical intake of new biofuels, biochemical and biomaterial production plants.

Committed suppliers

Evidence supporting long-term commitment to supply both quantity and quality by local farmers, forestry companies, food waste generators, haulers and municipalities.

Sound infrastructure

The community must have suitable transportation, logistic, operating and supporting infrastructure to meet the requirements for new facility construction and operations.

Read the newest BDO Zone designation for Bon Wier, TX

The BDO Zone Investment Coalition

The BDO Zone Investment Coalition is a group of leading biobased investors and capital markets with a collective goal of investing $1 billion in new renewable chemical, sustainable aviation, ground transportation fuels, and other biobased manufacturing plants located in BDO Zones.

New and Noteworthy

Upcoming Workshop: Defining Key Siting Requirements for BDO Zone Ratings

Register for the Upcoming Workshop: “Defining Key Siting Requirements for Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone Ratings” In order to help catalyze and accelerate clean fuels project development in Canada, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is supporting a workshop to identify key siting requirements for new plants that produce biofuels (including SAF), renewable chemicals, biogas, […]

Ginkgo Bioworks Joins BDO Zone Strategic Alliance


Bon Wier, TX awarded first BDO Zone ‘AA’ Rating in North America

                            PRESS RELEASE: ‘AA’ BDO ZONE RATING ISSUED FOR BON WIER, TEXAS; RATING TO BE USED BY USA BIOENERGY TO SUPPORT LOCATION DECISION AND CAPITAL RAISE.   October 19th, 2022, 10:00 am eastern daylight time. The BDO Zone Initiative has issued an […]

Hear from BDO Zone Supporters

“The BDO Zone initiative will support investment in new SAF production plants throughout the United States and play a crucial role in a sustainable American economic recovery that will strengthen energy independence efforts and contribute to long term prosperity and create jobs.

CAAFI fully supports the BDO Zone Program and strongly recommends the designation of as many BDO Zones as practicable in order to attract solid investment in SAF production facilities.”

Chris Tindal, Assistant Director

“We support standardization and certification levers which will help businesses increase their innovation capacity and decrease the risk of bringing their innovations to market. We also support this opportunity to attract new innovative bio-marketplaces to rural Saskatchewan. In addition to introducing more sustainable products like biofuels, bio-products, bio-chemicals into the Canadian marketplace, The BD Zone Initiative can provide increased market diversification opportunities for our farmers and ranchers.”

Todd Lewis, President

“I haven’t seen this kind of activity in the seven years I’ve been here.”

Chris Bruce, Director of Community Services

“Supporting development of more bio-based production facilities is a key goal. Driving investment into production of alternative fuels, renewable chemicals, bio-based products, and sustainable aviation fuels is an imperative to create clean growth jobs for a North American economic recovery.

I recognize that one of the major barriers to development of new facilities is biomass feedstock risk. By focussing development on validated, dependable, and resilient biomass feedstock areas, the BD Zone Initiative can enable significant de-risking and rapid growth of bio-based projects in Canada.”

John May, Managing Director

“Through our due diligence and in conversations with Saskatchewan wheat producers, many are excited at the prospect of increasing their financial sustainability by adding another income stream to their core business. We believe the increased utilization of agricultural residues will transform the ag industry, propel producers into clean technology and assist in market diversification. The BDO Zone standardization and certification will allow more growers across Canada to diversify their businesses and participate in new markets.”

Martin Pudlas, CEO

“One of the benefits of the experience was the partnership in achieving the BDO Zone designation via Ecostrat.

Melville is becoming known across North America and around the globe as being open for business and very supportive of value added ag-related industries.

…Ecostrat is the best thing that’s ever happened to Melville.”

Ron McCullough, City Manager