New York, N.Y., July 27, 2011 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s top global companies, has joined with an array of leading U.S. business groups in urging ramped-up efforts to promote U.S. clean energy exports. The groups unveiled their proposal at a briefing on Capitol Hill today.
“Meeting the global demand for American clean energy technology will be critical for job creation and American technological leadership in the years ahead,” said Rob Mulligan, senior vice president and head of USCIB’s Washington, D.C. office. “To do this, we need a more coordinated and aggressive approach by the U.S. government in promoting exports of U.S. environmental goods and services.”
The business groups put forward a six-point plan to help guide action by the U.S. government in promoting green technologies. They recommend the following principles:
1. Ensure technological neutrality in efforts to encourage clean technology exports
2. Activate U.S. commercial diplomacy, including the International Trade Administration, in support of clean tech exports
3. Require robust monitoring and reporting on clean technology export programs
4. Further develop flexible clean technology funding mechanisms
5. Protect U.S. intellectual property rights globally
6. Reduce barriers to international trade in environmental goods and services.
“Taken together, these efforts would help clear away significant barriers at the domestic and international levels to American clean energy exports, thereby supporting robust job creation and innovation in this critical sector,” said Mr. Mulligan.
In addition to USCIB, signatories to the principles were the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Business Roundtable, Coalition of Services Industries, Emergency Committee for American Trade, Information Technology Industry Council, National Foreign Trade Council, National Association of Manufacturers, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The proposal was released at a briefing featuring Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, and Representative David Dreier (R-CA), chairman of the Committee on Rules in the House. Also at the briefing, a panel of senior representatives from the business and environmental communities and U.S. government discussed how promoting U.S. clean energy exports can help unlock foreign markets and grow businesses and jobs in the United States.
Panelists included: Jennifer Haverkamp, director of the international climate program at the Environmental Defense Fund; Mark Linscott, assistant U.S. trade representative for environment and natural resources; Ty Mitchell, vice president and general manager of LED lighting, Cree; Peter Perez, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing; and Tim Richards, managing director for energy policy with GE Energy. The discussion was moderated by Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council.
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation. Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.