While there are no magic bullets, the answer clearly lies in increasing energy efficiency in the short term and developing sustainable, carbon-neutral energy sources over the longer term.
This conference is the first to bring together leading clean energy specialists from business, government, and academia from both the U.S. and China.
The San Francisco Bay Area, Beijing, and Shanghai are rapidly becoming the global centers for clean energy technology promotion, development, and investment, and there are enormous gains to be achieved through enhanced collaboration between the regions.
This conference, and a larger conference to be held in Beijing in November 2008, represent the beginning of an effort to encourage long-term collaboration between clean energy policymakers, researchers, and firms in the two countries- Asia Society
Zhou Dadi is founding director of the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center (BECon) and director of China's Energy Research Institute.
He has two decades experience in energy efficiency in China, and is well known nationally and internationally in energy and environmental policy analysis. He was instrumental in developing the $200 million World Bank/GEF loan for energy efficiency service companies in China, and is deputy director for the $65 million China Green Lights program.
Dadi is the lead representative from China to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He holds physics and engineering degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Dian M. Grueneich, a national expert in energy and environmental issues, was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and was sworn in on January 18, 2005. Commissioner Grueneich was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on May 19, 2005, and will serve a full six year term that ends on January 1, 2011.
Bob Larson is Co-Founder & Managing Director of
Woodside Fund. Bob has enjoyed a challenging and fruitful career in the computer and electronics industry for the past 35 years. He has an exceptionally broad exposure to the most recent developments in these technologies. Bob was co-founder, President and CEO of Systems Control, a computer systems and software company with 500 employees, including 100 with Ph.D. degrees, prior to its sale to British Petroleum.
Dr. Levine is Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, a research and analysis division at LBNL with over 300 staff members working in the following areas: building energy research; U.S. and international energy policy studies; environmentally friendly energy technology R&D; and indoor and urban/regional air quality and combustion research.
In 1988, he initiated the LBNL China Energy Group, and is a co-founder of the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center (BECon). He has been involved in China and global energy demand studies, and has expertise in energy modeling and energy-efficiency policy analysis.
Matt Rogers is a Director at McKinsey & Company whose career has been focused on technology and innovation in restructuring markets in energy and capital intensive industries. He played a leading role in developing McKinsey’s perspectives on global energy supply/demand and pollution abatement economics.
Recently, as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Recovery Act Implementation, Matt managed the Department’s $35.2B in appropriations which funded 5,000 projects on job creation; accelerating US energy efficiency innovation; transportation; renewable energy; energy infrastructure; carbon capture; environmental clean-up; and basic and applied science."
Ms. Carolina Ying Chi Woo's, 67, career includes extensive real estate experience as the current owner of CW Group, a consulting firm focused on real estate development, planning and design in the US.
In 1969 Ms. Woo joined Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, one of the largest architectural firms in the United States and the designers of the Sears Tower in Chicago as well as the Freedom Tower in New York City, where she became a Partner in 1984 while also serving as the President of SOM International Ltd., with overall responsibility for SOM's work in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Ms. Woo received her Master's Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.