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Cordinally invite you to an Energy Breakfast Roundtable

How California and China are working towards a low carbon energy future:
What this partnership means in the run-up to the 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris

Please join Morgan Lewis and the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance for a vibrant Energy Breakfast Roundtable discussion about collaborative activities between the United States and China to support a low carbon future, the important role for clean energy and energy efficiency in reducing greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants, and the opportunities for U.S. cleantech business interested in the Chinese market.

Barbara Finamore, co-founder and President of the Alliance, will discuss China’s recent Power Sector Reforms and what these mean in the context of bilateral climate change agreements between the United States and China.

Brian Peck, Deputy Director for International Affairs and Business Development in the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will address how cooperative activities between California and China promote low carbon development and present opportunities for U.S. cleantech companies seeking to do business in China.

Both speakers will also discuss how State and national low carbon activities are contributing to the upcoming climate change negotiations (COP21) in Paris this December.

William Kissinger, Morgan Lewis partner and Alliance Board member,  will host the event.

We look forward to having you join what will certainly be an engaging morning discussion!

Monday, September 28, 2015

8:00-10:00 a.m.

    • 8:00-8:45 a.m.: Registration, networking, and complimentary breakfast
    • 8:45-10:00 a.m.: Program and discussion

Office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105-1596


Barbara Finamore
Alliance President

Barbara Finamore has over thirty years of experience in environmental law and energy policy, with a focus on China for the past two decades. Ms. Finamore is the co-founder and President of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, a non profit organization and public-private partnership that works with China to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

Ms. Finamore is a Senior Attorney and Asia Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She founded NRDC’s China Program, which promotes innovative policy development, capacity building and market transformation in China with a focus on climate, clean energy, environmental protection and urban solutions. Ms. Finamore currently leads NRDC’s greenports project in China, which aims to reduce air pollution in southern China caused by marine port-related activities.

Brian Peck 
Deputy Director for International Affairs and Business Development
California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Appointed in August 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Brian Peck serves as deputy director in charge of international affairs and business development for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). GO-Biz is the lead state entity for economic strategy and marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, economic growth and international trade and investment.

Prior to joining GO-Biz, Brian was an international trade and intellectual property attorney, advising multi-national clients on international trade, regulatory and compliance matters, international government and policy affairs, global IP asset management and trade-related IP matters. He is an adjunct professor for international trade policy and also international intellectual property at USC Gould School of Law.

Brian served as Senior Director for Intellectual Property at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2003-2005, and Director of Japanese Affairs at USTR from 2001-2003.  He was the lead negotiator for the intellectual property chapters in several Free Trade Agreements, including the U.S.-Colombia, U.S.-Peru and U.S.-Panama FTAs. Brian led bilateral talks with several Asian countries including China under the WTO negotiations to liberalize international markets for services; and led the U.S. delegation at the WTO TRIPS Council meetings on IP matters.   

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The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the global environment by working with China to harness energy efficiency as a preferred energy resource.  Since 2005, the Alliance has worked closely with industry, government officials and other experts from China and the U.S. to develop and implement projects and policies to improve energy efficiency in China.  As an official Strategic Partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Alliance works to increase access to Chinese markets for American businesses that focus on energy efficiency solutions.  Click here for more info