Energy

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Vice Chairs

Paul Hagen
Director
Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Justin Perrettson
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Novozymes

Staff

Norine Kennedy
Vice President, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environmental Affairs
212-703-5052 or nkennedy@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy & Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

Background

Energy policies are increasingly being discussed and established in international settings, with significant competitiveness, regulatory, investment, trade and market access impacts for U.S. companies operating in global markets.  Some examples of ongoing policy and media focus on international energy access, environmental impacts, pricing and security include:

  • EU policy approaches to climate change and energy based on subsidies, targets, product labels and renewables;
  • Ongoing OECD and International Energy Agency (IEA) energy policy analysis and activity;
  • G8 2008 initiatives on energy and climate;
  • Public-private partnerships: Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, the Major Economies Process;
  • APEC and China: Energy supply and competition issues;
  • U.S. domestic legislation and initiatives: Energy security, energy labeling, objectives for bioenergy, energy R&D.

The development and implementation of these processes can be expected to significantly affect a wide range of US companies (producers, investors, transport, consumers) doing business overseas.

Objectives

Ensure that U.S. business expertise and views on more sustainable energy systems in the context of environmental risks, climate change considerations, economic growth and free and open markets are heard in international policy deliberations. Promote global energy systems that allow U.S. companies to compete and flourish, to develop and disseminate more sustainable and efficient energy systems and technologies and to manage and improve energy use, conservation and environmental/social impacts. Encourage integration of international energy policy issues across other policy areas: promoting enabling frameworks to encourage investment and innovation while promoting more sustainable and environmentally friendly development and commercial activity.

Current Priorities

  • Develop USCIB position on enabling bioenergy in international markets, setting out business recommendations on how to approach sustainability considerations, and promote innovation towards “second generation” bioenergy options.
  • Through ICC, emphasize the importance of a diverse energy mix as a key element of energy security in international policy frameworks and markets.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

Global Partnerships Week Launches With Focus on SDG-17 (3/6/2017) - Global Partnerships Week (GPW) launched yesterday, March 7, to celebrate the role of public-private partnerships in promoting global development and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Workshop Highlights Need for Business Input to Implement UN Climate Agreement (11/15/2016) - At the COP22 conference in Morocco, business groups met to make the case for closer cooperation with the private sector in implementing last year's landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

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Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

VP, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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