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The first event of the 2013 series was held in the USA at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington DC. Entitled “The big energy question: Biofuels at a crossroads”, the event brought together 26 individuals including influential business and industry representatives, academics, non-governmental organisation members, policy makers and government officials.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, award-winning journalist and Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the event saw thought-provoking presentations from five biofuels experts, including Shell VP Alternative Energies, Matthew Tipper.

While there was a divergence of opinions around the table, everyone agreed on the need for reliable metrics to establish the opportunity for these alternative fuels and to measure the impact of their development.

Other events in the series will focus on the Arctic, Sustainable Cities and Natural Gas in London, Asia and North America respectively. The partnership has been running since 2010.

Participants discuss the future for biofuels at National Geographic’s HQ

Participants discuss the future for biofuels at National Geographic’s HQ. Copyright © 2013 National Geographic

Debating what’s next for biofuels.

Debating what’s next for biofuels. Copyright © 2013 National Geographic