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The Asia-Pacific is the most economically dynamic region in the world and sits at the forefront of global efforts to effectively meet growing energy needs and combat climate change. World energy markets have undergone a seismic shift in the past ten years, driven by Asia’s rising demand and the commercial viability of new energy supplies. Meanwhile, technology has introduced new advances in resource utilization and mechanisms to increase energy efficiency.

Broad and fundamental global energy shifts, along with rapidly evolving technologies and capabilities, suggest that Asia and North America need to fundamentally reconsider their current energy relationship. Adjustments are vital across the spectrum of potential trade and investment opportunities. These changes demand not only policy adjustments but a shift in world view and the development of new, more integrated and competitive energy markets.


General Information

Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)

Seattle Roundtable on "The Future of North America-Asia Energy Trade"

On September 29, NBR hosted a roundtable assessing trends in Asian energy demands and North American energy policy to assess the potential and benefits from trans-Pacific energy trade. The roundtable featured remarks by former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and former Senator Slade Gorton.

2014 Pacific Energy Forum Report: New Frontiers in Trans-Pacific Energy Trade

The 2014 Pacific Energy Forum convened leading experts from Asia, the United States, and Canada in Seattle, Washington to assess the key policy questions that North America and Asia face in determining the future trans-Pacific energy relationship. The report presents the main arguments from Forum discussions.

A New Era of Coal: The “Black Diamond” Revisited

Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) explores the rising importance of coal for satisfying surging global energy demand, considers the geopolitical implications of the effective use of coal, and highlights the potential role of the U.S. as a major coal supplier.

Implications of North American Coal and Gas to Asia

On November 19, NBR hosted an event exploring the opportunities that exist for closer energy and environmental cooperation between North America and the Asia-Pacific, featuring remarks by Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (LA-03) and Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), as well as panel discussions with senior experts on energy and environmental security.

Fueling Sustained Growth: Strengthening Energy Markets for Economic Development

Han Phoumin (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) examines the importance of energy market integration for capturing the advantages of energy cooperation between Asia and North America.

Exporting Coal from the U.S. Pacific Northwest

Mark Thurber (Stanford University) provides a general review of how transportation constraints affect energy markets and then offers a framework for thinking more specifically about the greenhouse gas implications of building new coal ports in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Building Social License

Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) examines the role of environmental impact assessments in acquiring social license. He addresses how they have evolved, how they can advance or derail efforts to gain social license, and how they function within Canada’s regulatory environment. He also assesses the impact on Asian investment.

Learning from China: A Blueprint for the Future of Coal in Asia?

In advance of the 2014 Pacific Energy Forum, NBR spoke with Armond Cohen (Clean Air Task Force) to explore the implications of coal’s growing role in the fuel mix of China and ASEAN countries—as well as India—and assess the tools and policy options available to reduce the environmental impacts.

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