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Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, Founder & Chairman, Praj Industries

He is the first Asian recipient of a lifetime achievement award in the bioeconomy.

India: Prestigious 2022 William C. Holmberg Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy’ was announced to Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, Founder & Chairman, Praj Industries. He is the first Asian recipient of this global honor that recognizes his exemplary work in the bioeconomy.

Since 2014, William C. Holmberg Award is being presented to distinguished individuals around the world for their trailblazing contribution to the Bioeconomy. Award is named after the first recipient Lt. Col. William Holmberg, for his pioneering contribution in the bioeconomy and as an architect of renewable fuels program at Dept. of Energy (DoE) & Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USA.

Instituted by the US-based, Biofuels Digest, William C. Holmberg Award is a culmination of critical evaluation by a global panel of industry experts and veterans. Previous recipients of the award comprised lawmakers, industry regulators, and global corporate head-honchos, all from either US or Europe.

While announcing the award, Jim Lane, Founder, and Editor – Biofuels Digest mentioned that “Dr. Pramod Chaudhari was the unanimous choice of judges for his steadfast leadership in Global Bioeconomy supported with technological advances in the field of Advanced Bioeconomy to help fulfill the dream of Net-Zero Civilization. I congratulate him for this remarkable achievement.”


Speaking on this development, Dr. Chaudhari said that “I am delighted to learn about this award announcement. I see this as a testament to team Praj’s continued endeavors over the past four decades in developing and deploying innovative technology solutions in helping conserve the environment. I am particularly happy that the world is taking due notice of India’s capabilities in energy transition through Bioeconomy.”

On 17th March, Dr. Chaudhari will be conferred with this award during the ongoing flagship Global Conference at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) 2022 at Washington DC, USA.

Widely acclaimed as Ethanol Man, Dr. Chaudhari winning this award holds great significance on the backdrop of the important role India played at the recently concluded COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. COP26 summit acknowledged the pivotal role Advanced Bioeconomy is poised to play, in sustainable climate action. On this backdrop, this award is being seen as recognition of India’s rising prowess in the Global Bioeconomy and contributions in fighting the climate crisis.

Praj, India’s most accomplished industrial biotech company, is driven by innovation, integration, and delivery capabilities. Over the past four decades, Praj has focused on the environment, energy, and agri‐process industry, with 1000 ++ customer references spanning 100+ countries across all five continents. Bio‐MobilityTM and Bio‐PrismTMare the mainstays of Praj’s contribution to the global Bioeconomy. The Bio‐Mobility platform offers technology solutions globally to produce renewable transportation fuel, thus ensuring sustainable decarbonization through a circular bio-economy. The company’s Bio‐PrismTM portfolio comprises technologies for the production of renewable chemicals and materials, promises sustainability while reimagining nature. Praj Matrix, the state‐of‐the‐art R&D facility, forms the backbone for the company’s endeavors towards a clean energy‐based Bioeconomy. Praj’s diverse portfolio comprises Bio‐energy solutions, Critical process equipment & skids, Breweries, Zero liquid discharge systems, and High purity water systems. Led by an accomplished and caring leadership, Praj is a socially responsible corporate citizen. Praj is listed on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges of India.

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