Monday, June 13, 2011

Fuelling the Debate: The Ethics of Biofuels

Fuelling the Debate: The Ethics of Biofuels

Event on biofuels organised by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics at the Science Museum's Dana Centre on Wednesday June 15th, 7pm – 9pm. The event is called `Fuelling the debate: the ethics of biofuels' and it will consist of a panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A session.

Wednesday 15 June 2011 19:00 - 21:00

To book:
Call 020 7942 4040 or e-mail
Please pre-book.

Fuel for transport makes up almost a third of current world energy consumption. Biofuels - renewable liquid or gaseous fuels derived from plant or animal material - are an alternative to fossil fuels that could meet our energy needs in a more environmentally sustainable way.

European targets and policies are encouraging the rapid development and use of biofuels for transport. It's estimated that biofuels will provide almost 9% of transport fuel in Europe by 2020.

However, current methods of biofuel production, mainly using food crops such as corn, sugar cane and palm oil, can be harmful to the environment, threaten food security and prices, and are associated with human rights violations in the countries where they are produced.

New types of biofuels, such as lignocellulosic and algal biofuels, are being developed to avoid some of the problems caused by current production methods. But commercial-scale production is some years away.

So what does the future hold for biofuels? What steps can we take towards a more ethical policy? Join our panel of experts to explore the issues at the heart of biofuel production, and get ready for some audience voting as part of the debate.

Nigel Mortimer, Managing Director, North Energy Associates Ltd, Sheffield
Christine Raines, plant biologist, University of Essex
Kenneth Richter, biofuels campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association

Mun-Keat Looi, Wellcome Trust

Event organised by: Nuffield Council on Bioethics


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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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