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This Business Opportunities Seminar is designed for U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, project developers and consultants to learn how to bid successfully on consulting and infrastructure projects supported financially by the Asian Development Bank in forty-two Asian development countries.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was created in 1996 to improve the living standards of its 67 member countries. By wisely targeting investments such as loans, grants, and expertise to countries such as India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and others spanning the Pacific Islands and Central Asia, the ADB is able to help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. The objective is to alleviate poverty by promoting private sector development/operations, good governance and capacity development, gender equity, knowledge solutions, and partnerships. Key sectors include infrastructure, environment, transportation, agriculture, finance sector development, and education. Despite the need for infrastructure improvement, the Asia and Pacific region contributes one-third of global output and over half of global economic growth. In fact, growth in the region is forecast to grow moderately at an average of 6.3% in 2014-2015. In 2013, ADB assistance totaled $21.02B, including $14.38B financed by ADB and $6.65B in co-financing.
- Ambassador Robert M. Orr, Asian Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines
- The Honorable Jim McDermott, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
- Mr. John Brislin, Director, Seattle Regional Office, Export-Import Bank of the United States
- Ms. Sandra Edwards, Regional Manager, Export Solutions Group, U.S. SBA, Office of International Trade
- Mr. Sam Kaplan, President, TDA, Private Sector Liaison Officer of the World Bank, Seattle
- Mr. Doug Kemper, President and CEO, Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
- Ms. Margaret Keshishian,Director, U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Office, ADB, Manila, the Philippines
- Mr. Amr J. Qari, Senior Procurement Specialist, ADB, Manila
- Mr. Craig Steffensen, ADB, North American Representative Office, Washington, DC
- Mr. Rob Wilson, President, Emission Technologies, Inc.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Seminar Registration begins at 8:00am, Program 8:30am-4:30pm
K&L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle, WA 98104 www.klgates.com
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
One-on-One Meetings at the USEAC, 2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2600, Seattle, WA 98121
Contact Bob Deane at 206-553-5615 x 225 for one-on-one meetings with:
Ms. Keshsihian and Ms. Santos, Mr. Amr J. Qari, or Mr. Steffensen
Cost: $65.00 per person, $85.00 at the door, registration fee includes lunch on Monday
Deadline to register: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Important program support comes from:
- Ex-Im Bank of the United States
- Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
- K&L Gates LLP
- Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
- Washington State China Relations Council
- Washington State Dept. of Commerce
- Washington State District Export Council
- U.S. Small Business Administration
SEATTLE, July 25, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] today announced a donation of $100,000 to provide immediate aid and relief to families affected by the wildfires currently burning in Central Washington. The donation will go to the American Red Cross as they assist residents who have lost their homes or been evacuated from the fire zones.
“Our thoughts are with all our neighbors in Central Washington who have been impacted by the wildfires,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re proud to make this donation to the American Red Cross as their crews help residents start healing and rebuilding.”
“As the Red Cross helps those affected by the wildfires, we are extremely grateful for Boeing’s support, which allows us to shelter, feed and provide health and mental health services to the hundreds of residents who have been forced to evacuate their homes,” said Dawn Angelo, regional chief executive, American Red Cross Western Washington Region.
Boeing is committed to giving back to the communities where the company’s employees live and work. In 2013, Boeing, along with its retirees and more than 81,000 employees in Washington, contributed more than $53 million to organizations across the state.
By Eric Viola, WCTA Public Policy Analyst
June 30, 2014 (Seattle, WA) –There was little consensus amongst the panelists—even on issues as fundamental as whether or not carbon emissions were a problem—which contributed to a lively discussion at the final event in the WCTA’s Climate Series: A discussion of Cap and Trade policy.
Daniel Malarkey, WCTA Government Affairs Committee Chair and Vice President of Business Development and Public Policy at 1Energy Systems, opened the event and introduced Chamber President Maud Daudon. Ms. Daudon introduced the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to the issue, explaining her three-part bottom-line position. “You need to have economic development, environmental stewardship, and you can’t leave anyone behind,” she described, “you need to make sure the rising tide really does lift all boats.” Part of that involves encouraging the spread of information and rational debate, and the Chamber has been proud to collaborate with the WCTA to present the four-part Climate Series. Read More…
A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology.
But how healthy is the sector in Washington and what’s still holding it back? Hard data on those questions is yet to come, but a visit to the state’s inaugural Clean Technology Showcase provided some answers. Read More…
Coverage of the WCTA Clean Technology Showcase event on June 23, 2014 by Ben Romano at Xconomy:
June 23, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – The Pacific Northwest has a burgeoning clean energy industry, underpinned by strong public research institutions, active angel investors, and an environmental ethos that’s part of the culture. But leaders in the field argue that the region could do more if it united behind a few key areas where it could be the best in the country.
“What do we want to be known for?” asked Jud Virden, associate director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, during the Washington Clean Technology Alliance showcase event in Seattle Monday.
Washington and the broader Pacific Northwest already have leading positions in energy efficiency, smart grid, and biofuels development, particularly for the aviation industry. Now, the state is emerging as a key technology development and testing hub for large-scale energy storage systems, with some big steps forward on that front expected later this summer.
“There really is an ecosystem evolving here in the state of Washington,” says Daniel Malarkey, vice president of 1Energy Systems, which makes software to help utilities control batteries, and a former top official in the state Department of Commerce.
At first glance, the region appears to have little economic incentive to develop clean, inexpensive power sources. That’s because we’ve already done it with hydropower.
Here in the Northwest, electricity is a bargain: The average retail price of power in Washington and Idaho was just under seven cents per kilowatt hour in 2012, less than in every other state except Louisiana, according to the latest Energy Information Administration statistics. Our power also has the distinction of being remarkably clean, with Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, having among the least carbon-intensive energy supplies in the country. It’s thanks, on both counts, to the federal hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River system that were built generations ago.
Even though we don’t feel the pain of paying 34 cents a kilowatt hour, as they do in Hawaii, or suffer the dirty air and climate guilt (if they do) of states where coal is a primary energy source, Washington is home to a great deal of innovation in energy, but also in adjacent fields lumped together as cleantech. (That term, by the way, is now so broad and nebulous as to be nearly useless.)
So what are the key ingredients?
It starts with the state’s research universities, which in recent years have significantly ramped up their focus on clean technology, and with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the sometimes overlooked Department of Energy research center in Richland, WA, that attracts nearly a billion dollars in annual research funding.
“There’s just no substitute for the support of the universities and PNNL, either as verifiers of technology or as incubators of the technology—things that are spinning out of their own research labs,” says Bill Lemon, co-chairman of the cleantech-focused angel investing group Element 8. “It’s one of the things that makes a foundation for both the development of, and the initial stages of commercializing, the clean technologies of the Pacific Northwest.”
Lemon’s group plays an important role, too, providing the earliest, highest-risk capital to help bring innovations out of labs and into nascent companies. (Lemon says Element 8 is on track to double its investment level this year. “We are seeing more deals, more higher quality deals, we’re seeing deals from further away,” he says.)
Another impetus is the environment itself. The Northwest’s well-deserved reputation as an environmental wonderland motivates people and companies based here to work on technologies and business practices that reduce pollution. Alaska Airlines, for one, wants to be the aviation leader in environmental stewardship, says Carol Sim, the airline’s director of environmental affairs and sustainability.
“Why do we care?” Sim nods to the Puget Sound out the conference center’s windows and the Olympic Mountains beyond. The airline is based in and regularly flies to “some of the most pristine environments on the planet. We think it is our responsibility to help protect those environments,” she says.
Alaska recycles enough aluminum cans to build three Boeing 737s each year, it works with partners on aviation biofuels, and it buys beverage cups for in-flight service from MicroGREEN Polymers, an Arlington, WA-based company that makes them using recycled plastic and a technology developed at the University of Washington.
That’s one of several local examples of the interplay between research universities, small companies, and large corporations.
Two dozen companies are presenting their technologies and business approaches here today, and several of them have similar stories, including large-scale battery maker UniEnergy Technologies, a large-scale battery maker that is effectively a spinout from PNNL, and EnerG2, a company commercializing research done at the UW to improve the performance of batteries and other energy storage devices.
So, it’s all going well, but of course, it could be better. Clean energy proponents see opportunities for the state’s institutions to collectively plant a flag in a few specific areas, and become the best in the world. That takes leadership from the top, industry and political participation, and better collaboration among the research institutions, says PNNL’s Virden, who heads up the lab’s energy and environment directorate.
Geography is often cited as a barrier. While other innovation clusters benefit from having national laboratories and research universities in the same cities, or even walking distance from each other, Richland, where PNNL is based, is hours by car from UW and Washington State University.
“The distance isn’t the issue,” Virden says. “It’s the clarity of what we’re going to do together that really drives things beyond” the status quo of one-to-one faculty interactions.
To compete for federal research funding against the best institutions in the country requires a critical mass of the best people, as well as industry partners that are ready to move innovations to market.
“When I look at [the Northwest] compared to other parts of the country, I think we have pieces of that, but I don’t think we’ve put it all together, especially in the cleantech space,” Virden says.
By Eric Viola, WCTA Public Policy Analyst
June 9, 2014 (Seattle, WA) - Daniel Malarkey of 1Energy Systems opened the third event in the WCTA’s Climate Series, introducing the three panelists, Yoram Bauman, Todd Myers, and James Tansey before deferring to Jon Talton, the event’s moderator.
Jon Talton, Seattle Times economics columnist, opened the discussion by saying that there is “a cost associated with carbon emissions that isn’t reflected in pricing,” and that, to move emissions to a more efficient level, the State has several options. One of those options is a carbon tax.
“If we can make polluting expensive, we can reduce carbon emissions through market forces,” panelist Yoram Bauman explained. Bauman, the world’s first self-proclaimed stand-up economist, described the two main paths chosen by governments seeking to reduce carbon emissions. On the one hand, governments can impose strict regulation, such as setting individual emissions caps on specific companies. This path, command and control, is expensive to administer. The other path, using market-based instruments, takes advantage of existing market structures, resulting in a less expensive, more efficient model. One of the key features of a carbon tax espoused by Bauman is that it is “more transparent, more open, it’s a lot more clear what’s going on” than even other market-based instruments like cap-and-trade. Read More…
By Eric Viola, WCTA Public Policy Analyst
May 29, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – An audience of industry leaders sat captivated as Keith Phillips and Dennis McLerran discussed environmental policy at the WCTA’s second talk in its Climate Series co-sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The event focused on regulatory approaches to dealing with climate change. Two upcoming events took center stage: Governor Inslee’s highly anticipated climate change legislation and the upcoming EPA ruling on carbon emitting power producers. Emphasizing Washington State’s nascent leadership position in combatting climate change, both speakers were very optimistic about the State’s future.
Keith Phillips, Governor Inslee’s Special Assistant on Climate and Energy, was just as optimistic about the prospects for carbon emissions policy in Washington State. “If we follow the science,” he reported, “we have the opportunity to avoid the worst of climate change.” Mr. Phillips revealed several key elements of Governor Inslee’s plan to make the most of that option, not only with regards to the environment, but also with regards to the economy. In Executive Order 14-04, the Governor’s lauded announcement that he will be assembling comprehensive climate change legislation, Governor Inslee asked State agencies to further leverage investment in clean technology. “We don’t yet have the tools to tackle climate change,” explained Keith Phillips, “but we can develop the tools that the rest of the world will need.” The chance for Washington State to take a leadership role in the clean technology sector mirrors the State’s instrumental role in fostering the burgeoning high technology industry of the early 1990’s, and the Governor has positioned the State to seize that opportunity. An expansion of the Clean Energy Fund is one of many such tools available to the Governor in order to improve the State’s economic standing.
Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator, echoed Mr. Phillips’ emphasis on market tools and the vast economic potential inherent in any environmental legislation. However, opportunities for new technology and innovation aren’t the only issues of interest to the EPA; there is also a potential for economic disaster. “We believe that climate change and carbon pollution are a threat to our economy,” Mr. McLerran explained of the EPA’s upcoming draft rule on section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which will “require each State to put a plan together to put a limit on carbon pollution.” In less than a week, the EPA will reveal its proposed rule requiring States to submit plans for reducing carbon emissions in existing power producers. A year later, the EPA will finalize the rule, giving the EPA ample time to make adjustments and receive useful feedback from the States.
The Governor’s chief interest, Mr. Phillips reiterated as he closed his remarks, lies in the long-term; Governor Inslee isn’t focused on just “building a seawall around Manhattan,” but with “making sure that seawall doesn’t have to get any higher.” Washington State’s opportunity to lead the nation in environmental policy while reaping the benefits of a growing clean technology industry is an opportunity Governor Inslee is determined to pursue.
“It’s an unprecedented effort to make those new rules for existing plants flexible,” Mr. McLerrann expounded, “we’ve been listening very hard to the States and the broad range of public and private stakeholders.” The EPA has held numerous listening sessions, closely analyzing the concerns of States and their energy producers in an attempt to craft fair, economically advantageous environmental policy, and intends to propose rules that make use of existing market tools.
“Good things are coming,” he concluded.
Video of the event can be found on YouTube.
May 20, 2014
Washington Clean Technology Alliances Announces 2014 Clean Technology Showcase Presenters
Selected companies provided exclusive opportunity to present clean technology
products and expertise at inaugural event
Seattle, Washington – Today, the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) released its list of 2014 Clean Technology Showcase presenters. The showcase, taking place on June 23 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, will feature more than 20 companies carefully selected by the showcase committee based on their market potential, solution potential, qualifications and experience of their management team, and application quality.
The Clean Technology Showcase is a one-day event focused on networking, learning and investing. The Showcase will feature the latest clean technology innovations from Northwest companies and research institutions. Among the list of selected companies is WaterTectonics. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, WaterTectonics designs water treatment solutions for clients in oil and gas, mining, industrial, and construction applications. Their water treatment technology enables Washington State and the nation to reach important environmental standards while also meeting regional energy demands.
“It’s an honor to be selected as a presenter at WCTA’s Inaugural Clean Technology Showcase,” said Jim Mothersbaugh, WaterTectonics Founder and CEO. “Our water treatment solution is just one example of how cleantech innovations are creating jobs and building a sustainable future for Washington State and beyond.” An entire list of presenting companies can be found here.
“Our talented and diverse group of presenters will spotlight the great advancements being made in clean technology here in our state” said Tom Ranken, WCTA President and CEO. “We’re proud to support the growth of this industry through events like the Clean Technology Showcase and look forward to building upon the 2014 event’s success.”
“Boeing is excited to serve as a premier sponsor for the Clean Technology Showcase,” said Boeing State and Local Government Operations Director Bill McSherry. “From improving the efficiency of airplanes and airline operations to chemical reduction efforts and sustainable aviation biofuel development, clean-tech innovations have enabled our company to adapt, thrive and continue to create jobs and economic opportunities in our region.”
The Clean Technology Showcase will also feature table-top presentations, research poster sessions, business development opportunities, a discussion on Washington’s potential for clean technologies and a reception panel led by Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, Martin Tull. For more information, to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets visit www.wacleantech.org.
About the Washington Clean Technology Alliance
The Washington Clean Technology Alliance is the largest state clean tech trade association in the nation, representing over 260 businesses and organizations. Founded in 2007 by business leaders, the WCTA facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies, jobs, products, and services in order to advance the state’s position as a leader in clean tech. Organization membership gives businesses the tools to grow their clean tech businesses. The WCTA offers a range of business services and benefits uniquely designed to help businesses gain visibility, access services at a lower cost, and benefit from public policy advocacy.
Recap of Climate Science 101 – Human effect on atmosphere will have serious, if uncertain, consequences
Reviewed by Daniel Malarkey, Vice President, Business Development and Public Policy, 1Energy Systems, Chair, Washington Clean Technology Alliance Government Affairs Committee
On April 28, 2014, the Washington Clean Technology Alliance and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of four luncheons and panel discussions in, The Climate Series: Science, Policy and Implications for the Business Community. Chief meteorologist Jeff Renner from KING 5 Television moderated a panel that included professors Amy Snover and Cliff Mass from the University of Washington and Andy Bunn from Western Washington University.
The panel explored the areas of agreement and disagreement within the scientific community on climate change caused by human activity. There was no debate on the underlying mechanism by which heat trapping gases like carbon dioxide and methane raise global temperatures and there was no debate that human activity is increasing these emissions and putting the planet on a path to higher temperatures.
While any prediction about the future contains uncertainty and no one can be sure of future impacts, both the high and low forecasts for global temperature increases portend very serious changes in climate and natural eco-systems. The Pacific Northwest will be buffered from some of the weather extremes that other regions will experience but severe stress on populations and crops in other areas will likely have impacts here.
The panelists differed some about the extent to which current weather events and environmental changes can be attributed to human-caused climate change relative to natural variations in weather patterns. There was however a general consensus that climate changes in the future would have significant impacts on regional snow pack, stream flows, sea levels, and ocean chemistry. The discussion focused more on how the region might adapt to these changes rather than how the changes could be mitigated.
The next three sessions in the series will address current and proposed State and Federal policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Often, we focus on chemical hazards after there’s already a problem – a spill, an injury, or an unforeseen environmental impact. When businesses use safer ingredients in their products and eliminate hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing processes, however, those problems can be avoided in the design stage.
In May, the Washington Department of Ecology and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable will introduce a new program called the Safer Chemistry Challenge to support businesses that are working to create cleaner, safer products.
“Many Washington businesses and organizations already understand that making safer products is a smart business decision,” said Ken Zarker, manager of Ecology’s pollution prevention and regulatory assistance section. “By promoting safer products and cleaner manufacturing methods through the Safer Chemistry Challenge, we want to spur innovation and spread best practices.”
The Challenge will offer participants technical assistance with chemical hazard assessments, training and education, and sponsor cross-industry conversations. Businesses and organizations that demonstrate ongoing leadership in pursuing safer chemistry will be honored as “Safer Chemistry Champions.”
- Ecology will host a webinar at 9:30 a.m. May 21 for businesses and organizations interested in the Safer Chemistry Challenge. The webinar will provide an overview of Ecology’s green chemistry initiative, state and national safer product regulations, and the education and resources available through the Challenge. Register at https://wadismeetings.webex.com/wadismeetings/j.php?ED=280405867&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiM0.
- Find more information on the Safer Chemistry Challenge at www.ecy.wa.gov/greenchemistry.