Climate Policy Symposium: From Kyoto to Bali with a talk by Raymond Leban followed by a panel discussion between Leban, Christine Loh and Jeremy Carl
Taking advantage of policy experts and corporate executives passing through Hong Kong on their way to Bali, the seminar provides an opportunity to hear their views on the way forward. The guest speakers are working at the forefront of climate change issues through the United Nations process to help shape the international "post-Kyoto" agreements beyond 2012. This is also a rare opportunity to hear how business leaders from three countries see the climate change issues in the electric power sector- Civic Exchange
Jeremy Carl is a Research Fellow in the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the political economy and environmental effects of energy development, with a particular focus on China and India.
He came to Stanford by way of New Delhi, India where he researched energy, resource economics, and environmental issues at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). TERI's Director General R.K. Pachauri also heads the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Jeremy has continued to work on climate issues at Stanford with other leading notables involved with the IPCC.
Jeremy's current research focuses on advanced coal technologies and the political economy of the coal sector in China and India. He is particularly interested in the role of coal in climate change and how China and India can work to more effectively manage coal-related climate issues while developing economically.
Mark L. Clifford
Mark L. Clifford was the Editor-in-Chief of The Standard newspaper in Hong Kong from January 2004 to February 2006, and the Editor-in-Chief the South China Morning Post, its larger rival, from February 3, 2006 to April 1, 2007. He joined the Asia Business Council in May 2007, as its Executive Director.
As an expert in energy economics & regulation and business management, Raymond Leban advises several energy groups. He has worked for the World Bank and foreign governments, the French Competition Council, Long-range Planning Commission, and Parliamentary Office for Scientific and Technological Choices, the World Energy Council and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He has also been a member of the "Mission on the greenhouse effect" set us by the French Parliament to support its legislative work in 2006. He currently is a WBCSD Associate. Raymond Leban has authored more that hundred research articles. His last book, entitled "Business Management -Principles and Best Practices, draws upon a comprehensive double experience.
Christine Loh is the founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think tank. Loh has an English law degree and a Masters of Law degree in Chinese and Comparative Law. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, by her alma mater, the University of Hull.
Loh has worked in many areas, including law, business, politics, media, and the non-profit sector, but is best known as a leading voice in public policy in Hong Kong, particularly in promoting democracy and environmental protection.
In January 200,7 she was named as Hong Kong Business's "Woman of the Year for 2006."
We can get off most fossil fuels within 20-30 years if we put a concerted effort into solar, wind, fuel cells, electric cars, algae biofuels, and new nuclear technologies.
We also need a new national smart power grid to move electricity.
We can use a carbon tax on fossil fuels to pay for it, and it'll provide millions of JOBS that can't be exported.
Europe & China are ALREADY doing this and America will lose out in future green energy technologies, if we don't.
We owe it to our grandchildren.