2014 Pacific Energy Forum


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.

The 2014 Pacific Energy Forum gathered leading experts from Asia, the United States, and Canada to assess the key policy questions that North America and Asia face in determining the future trans-Pacific energy relationship. This invitation-only event brought Asian views into the ongoing discussion in Canada and United States about the future energy relationship between North America and Asia. The Forum included discussion of the economic, security, and environmental implications of increasing energy exports from North America to Asia.

The Pacific Energy Forum was co-hosted by The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Slade Gorton Policy Center, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and with support from the Government of Canada and the China Energy Fund Committee.

Forum Report and Photo Gallery

2014 Forum Report | Photo Gallery

Forum Papers and Interviews

The 2014 Pacific Energy Forum organizers commissioned policy papers and interviewed top experts in the field on the Forum theme as a resource for stakeholders in the region. The papers and interviews framed the discussion for participants in advance of the Forum.

Working Papers

“A New Era of Coal: The ‘Black Diamond’ Revisited” by Shoichi Itoh

“Fueling Sustained Growth: Strengthening Energy Markets for Economic Development” by Han Phoumin

“Exporting Coal from the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Potential Impacts of Removing an Energy Transportation Constraint” by Mark Thurber

Interviews

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

“Building Social License: Harnessing the Environmental Impact Assessment for Social Capital” with Brian Yates

Topics Discussed

The forum convened policymakers, industry leaders, and other high-level experts to:

  • Assess energy and environmental projections for the Asia-Pacific region and the role that enhanced trans-Pacific ties might play and identify market and policy dynamics that will shape the relationship in the future
  • Evaluate models for understanding the market and environmental impact of increased North American energy exports
  • Discuss the role of global energy markets in ensuring healthy economies and energy and environmental security
  • Facilitate use of innovative technology and policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges
  • Coordinate efforts to make effective use of available technology and limited resources
  • Provide recommendations to encourage positive trans-Pacific energy and environmental cooperation

NOTE: The opening session included presentation and discussion of the Asian Development Bank’s annual Asia Development Outlook (ADO).

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers included:

Nate Aden, University of California, Berkeley

Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force

Cal Dallas, Government of Alberta

Congressman Norm Dicks, The National Bureau of Asian Research; Van Ness Feldman LLP

Richard J. Ellings, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Senator Slade Gorton, Slade Gorton International Policy Center at The National Bureau of Asian Research

Stephen P. Groff, Asian Development Bank

Mikkal Herberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California, San Diego

Patrick Ho, China Energy Fund Committee

Ayaka Jones, Energy Information Administration

Anthony Jude, Asian Development Bank

Joseph Kalt, Harvard University

Chulsu Kim, Institute for Trade and Investment, Lee International IP & Law Group

Jeffrey Kupfer, Asia Society

Congressman Rick Larsen, U.S. House of Representatives (WA-2)

Tadashi Maeda, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives (WA-5)

Meredith Miller, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Hironori NAkanishi, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan

Han Phoumin, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Andy Roberts, Wood Mackenzie

Congressman Adam Smith, U.S. House of Representatives (WA-9)

Edith St-Hilaire, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle

Mark Thurber, Stanford University

Richard W. Westerdale, U.S. Department of State

Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Ben Yamagata, Coal Utilization Research Council; Van Ness Feldman LLP

Brian Yates, SNC Lavalin

Phyllis Yoshida, U.S. Department of Energy

2014 Pacific Energy Forum Organizers

NBR organized the event with the Slade Gorton International Policy Center in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and with the support of the Government of Canada and the China Energy Fund Committee.

Media Coverage

China Pursues More Controls on Coal (Radio Free Asia)

U.S. LNG export can have large impact overseas (The Globe and Mail)

Northwest Coal Terminals Could Export 100 Million Tons Yearly, Expert Says (Puget Sound Business Journal)


Phyllis Yoshida (U.S. Department of Energy) and Stephen P. Groff (Asian Development Bank) discuss the Asian Development Bank’s annual Asian Development Outlook on analysis of macroeconomic issues in developing Asia.

Dan Kirschner (Northwest Gas Association) participates in Summit discussions.

(Left to right) Richard W. Westerdale, II (U.S. Department of State), Meredith Miller (The National Bureau of Asian Research), Anthony Jude (Asian Development Bank), and Stephen P. Groff (Asian Development Bank) at the Welcome Reception.

(From left to right) Tadashi Maeda (Japan Bank for International Cooperation), Andy Roberts (Wood Mackenzie), Mikkal Herberg (The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California, San Diego), Ayaka Jones (U.S. Energy Information Administration), and Richard W. Westerdale, II (U.S. Department of State) participate in Session One on “Abundance and Demand: Shifting Dynamics in Trans-Pacific Energy Markets.”

Tadashi Maeda (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) shares his views on North America’s increasing energy exports to Asia.

Mikkal Herberg (The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California, San Diego), Ayaka Jones (U.S. Energy Information Administration), and Richard W. Westerdale, II (U.S. Department of State) discuss the roles of strengthening energy and environmental security in Trans-Pacific energy markets.

Ayaka Jones (U.S. Energy Information Administration) shares her thoughts on energy and environmental projections for the Asia-Pacific region.

Jeffrey Kupfer (Asia Society) and Han Phoumin (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) share ideas during the break..

Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) shares key insights on the environmental implications of trans-Pacific energy trade.

Mark Thurber (Stanford University) explores key factors for evaluating environmental implications of trans-Pacific energy trade.

Nate Aden (University of California, Berkeley), Yuen Pau Woo (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada), and Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) discuss policy options for reducing Asian carbon emissions.

Congressman Adam Smith (U.S. House of Representatives, WA-09) delivers his opening remarks in Session Three on “Fueling Sustained Growth: Strengthening Energy Markets for Economic Development.”

(From left to right) Anthony Jude (Asian Development Bank), Joseph Kalt (Harvard University), Han Phoumin (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), and Jeffrey Kupfer (Asia Society) participate in Session Three on “Fueling Sustained Growth: Strengthening Energy Markets for Economic Development.”

Anthony Jude (Asian Development Bank) and Joseph Kalt (Harvard University) explore the roles of trans-Pacific energy and environmental ties in strengthening Asia’s economic outlook.

Han Phoumin (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) discusses Asia’s economic development in energy markets.

(From left to right) Colin Marshall (Cloud Peak Energy), Hironori Nakanishi (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan), Armond Cohen (Clean Air Task Force), Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) and Ben Yamagata (Coal Utilization Research Council; Van Ness Feldman LLP) participate in Session Four on “Pairing Technology with Policy to Optimize Coal Consumption.”

Hironori Nakanishi (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan) shares his views on energy policies for optimizing coal consumption.

Hironori Nakanishi (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan), Armond Cohen (Clean Air Task Force), Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) and Ben Yamagata (Coal Utilization Research Council; Van Ness Feldman LLP) discuss the urgency of transforming coal into a cleaner and more efficient fuel in Asia.

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