On May 22 2013, the Alliance held its first-ever public event: “Unleashing Energy Efficiency in China: Business Successes and Challenges” in Washington, DC. The event kicked off with a ceremonial signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Alliance and the US Department of Commerce.
The Alliance was pleased to welcome Antwaun Griffin (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations of the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration) to the event.
Griffin told attendees that the Memorandum of Understanding seeks to promote energy efficiency (EE) in China through increased access to Chinese markets for American businesses that have energy efficient solutions for buildings and facilities. He noted that the MOU would allow the Commerce Department and the Alliance to “enhance energy efficiency products and services in both the U.S. and China.”
DAS Griffin and Alliance President Barbara Finamore then signed an official document to finalize the Alliance’s new status as an Export Promotion Partner of the US Commercial Service.