The Alliance is honored to announce the election of two new members to our Board of Directors: Robert M. Hertzberg and Zhu Binbin. Mr. Hertzberg is former Speaker of the California State Assembly and currently Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles office of Mayer Brown. Mr. Zhu is Chairman of BGI Energy Saving Company, Ltd. BGI has also joined the Alliance as a Leading Partner. The Alliance has a proven record of successfully pooling technical and financial resources to accelerate deployment of world-class efficiency products and policies in China. The election of these two prominent energy leaders to our Board, and the Partnership of BGI, will allow us to greatly expand our work protecting the global environment by working with China to harness efficiency as a viable energy resource.
Mr. Zhu is the founder and Chief Executive of BGI, a pioneering national-level integrated energy services provider, one of the first such companies in China. His commitment to promoting energy conservation in China is widely recognized and he holds a range of positions in energy leadership, including Vice President of the China Economic Yearbook Press Agency for the State Council Development Research Center and Guest Editor of the State Council’s “China Economic Report”, a bimonthly review of economic research in China.
The Alliance will benefit enormously from Mr. Zhu’s guidance and firsthand knowledge of the issues facing energy service companies in China, as well as his deep network of contacts. A complete list of Mr. Zhu’s affiliations and accomplishments is available at BGI’s website.
We are excited to welcome BGI as the Alliance’s first Chinese Leading Partner. Partners are critical to the success of the Alliance, providing technical and financial support and extending our network of energy leaders in the US and China.
As a national-level efficiency services provider with valuable contacts and detailed perspective on implementing efficiency projects in China, BGI will be an invaluable source of support for the Alliance. BGI has established an innovative business model and extensive strategic partnerships in order to pursue the mission of promoting energy conservation and low-carbon development in China. Their goal of providing comprehensive energy solutions nationwide has received a number of awards and has been highly acclaimed in the Chinese media.
We look forward to working closely with BGI, and to increasing future Alliance Partnerships with Chinese companies. More information on Alliance Partnerships is available here.
Mr. Hertzberg is one of the leading figures in energy policy, California politics, and the international renewable energy business. His experience in both the public and private sectors, and his work in California and around the globe, will be a great asset to the Alliance, providing unique strategic guidance and building partnerships with energy efficiency leaders and experts.
Mr. Hertzberg is a former Speaker of the California State Assembly and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Office of Mayer Brown, LLP and Managing Director of Pacific Capital Group. Mr. Hertzberg was also recently re-elected as Chairman of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
Since completing his term as Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Hertzberg’s business ventures have emphasized international clean energy projects such as efficiency, renewable generation, and green logistics. He is a Director and Co-Founder of G24 Innovations (G24i) based in Cardiff, Wales with offices in China. G24i manufactures a new type of lightweight and flexible solar cell that generates power in low, ambient and even indoor conditions. Mr. Hertzberg’s work with G24i has led to numerous awards; the Guardian UK named him to their 2008 list of “50 people who could save the planet.”
Mr. Hertzberg chaired the transition team for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and served on the transition team of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to sitting on the Alliance Board, he serves on the Boards of a number of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Among other awards and accolades, the Los Angeles Times recognized him as “One of the Most Influential People in Southern California.”
The addition of these two highly-qualified new Board members, together with the new Alliance-BGI Partnership, will allow us to increase our record of achievements by expanding our existing activities and beginning exciting new projects.