The U.S. - China Environmental Education Foundation (UCEEF) hosted an insightful Business Briefing and Networking Lunch event, which co-organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and Ernst & Young's Chicago Office, on October 2nd.
With Yuhong Jiang, the Co-Founder of UCEEF, serving as the emcee, the event commenced with warm welcome remarks delivered by: Mr. Dan Kim, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Chicago, Ms. Annie Li, Executive Director at Ernst & Young LLP, and Ms. Evelina Scott, U.S. Department Commerce’s Market Development Cooperation Program (MDCP) Team Lead at the International Trade Administration's Office of Energy & Environmental Industries.
Mr. Chengzhan Guo, President of the China Association of Environmental Protection, provided an overview of China’s environmental protection industry market, underscoring the vital role of eco-friendly initiatives and the potential market opportunities for U.S. companies within the industry in China.
The event spotlighted crucial trends in corporate responses to climate change, presented by Ms. Anne Munaretto, a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, and Ms. Jiarui Cai, Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young LLP. Their talk shed a light on the evolving landscape of corporate sustainability efforts and strategic climate resilience.
Ms. Yuhong Jiang introduced UCEEF’s MDCP 2022-2025 Carbon Reduction and Environmental Technology Export (CRETE) Program, which aims at fostering U.S.-China collaboration on environmental sustainability and carbon reduction technologies，as well as promoting the export of U.S. environmental protection enterprises.
The U.S. attendees were then introduced various U.S. Decarbonization solutions during a showcase featuring Tim Tangredi, President of Dais Analytic Corporation; Jeffrey Larsen Popiel, President & CEO of Geotech Environmental Equipment; and Eric Li, CEO of BDP EnviroTech LLC. Additionally, Jack Daul, Vice President of Allen Woods & Associates, Inc., and APRA Board of Director, gave an introduction on APRA and enlightened the audience on Advanced Cleaning Technology related to Aqueous Cleaning.
A panel on China Green Tech Solutions & Business Cooperation Opportunities ensued, with contributions from Feng Chen, Vice President of Shandong Urban Construction Design Institute, Jianpeng Zhang, Chairman of Shanghai Winner Environmental Technology Co., Ltd., and Benfeng Pan, Assistant to the General Manager at Hebei Sailhero Environmental Protection Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. In this panel, each company introduced their own subsector industry status, case study, and specific technology and product needs.
The event concluded after a fruitful networking session, marking the end of a formal program filled with deep insights, knowledge sharing, and the establishment of potential collaborative opportunities between U.S. and Chinese companies in the environmental protection sector.
For more information on UCEEF’s MDCP future events and programs, please visit our website at www.uceef.org.