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Bay-BEER #3: Foundation Strategies in the 12th Five Year Plan

2012 September 26

Beijing Energy Networks presents

Bay-BEER (Beijing Energy and Environment Roundtable – Bay Area) #3:

Foundation Strategies in the 12th Five Year Plan

A panel discussion featuring

Charles McElwee, VP of Programs, ClimateWorks Foundation

Jiang Lin, Senior VP, Energy Foundation; and Chairman, China Sustainable Energy Program

Keven Brough, Director of Strategy and Chief Operating Officer, Climate Policy Initiative

Moderated by Alex Wang, U.C. Berkeley Law School

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6pm-8pm PST (panel begins at 6:30pm)

Location (different from the first two Bay BEERs):

ClimateWorks Office, Asia Conference Room, 235 Montgomery St, 13th Floor, San Francisco, CA

(close to Montgomery BART)

We will also broadcast via webinar. Please click here to sign up for the webinar.

Beijing time: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:30am for webinar.


China is now well into its 12th Five Year Plan and has set into motion a number of programs to meet its energy and carbon goals. International foundations were critical advocates, partners, and sources of innovation during the highly successful 11th Five Year Plan, but how do international foundations work in China and what are their strategies for the next five years? We are inviting panelists from climate change foundations ClimateWorks, Energy Foundation, and Climate Policy Initiative to discuss aspects of their work in China including partnerships, sectoral and issue focuses, and overall strategies for reducing carbon emissions and increasing uptake of clean energy and energy efficiency in China.


The event is free, but beer will be served, so bring your ID if you would like to partake. Offerings will likely include one local option and one China option for $1-2 per beer to cover costs.


Reading on 12th Five Year Plan at China FAQs (summary of efforts) and at IIP (map of key policies)

About the speakers:

Charlie McElwee: Charlie McElwee practiced environmental and energy law for over 25 years at an international law firm. Working for the last five years in Shanghai, he developed an expertise in Chinese environmental and energy law and policy and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of Law. In 2009, he won the President’s Prize, the University’s highest award, for extraordinary contributions to the University, and in 2008 was awarded the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor the city bestows upon foreigners. He is a board member of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and his book, Environmental Law in China, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Mr. McElwee has a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University.

Jiang Lin: Dr. Jiang Lin is Senior Vice President of the Energy Foundation (EF) and Chairman of EF’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP). Before joining CSEP, Dr. Lin was a Staff Scientist with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. At LBNL, Dr. Lin was a leading researcher on China’s energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, serving as an advisor to numerous Chinese agencies, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program. His research covers energy efficiency standards, low-carbon development scenarios, energy efficiency investment, and energy policy analysis.  He is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Pacific Council for International Policy. Dr. Lin received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1984, and his Ph.D. in demography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

Keven Brough: Keven serves as the Director of Strategy and Chief Operating Officer for CPI. Prior to joining CPI, Keven was a Program Officer for the power sector at the ClimateWorks Foundation. He was an early member of the design team for the ClimateWorks network and a member of the startup team for the European Climate Foundation, where he initiated ECF’s successful carbon capture and storage program. Before working with ECF, Keven was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on strategy projects involving public policy. Earlier in his career he worked for a Washington, D.C.-based law firm and served as a legislative assistant for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Keven has a B.A. from Haverford College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Alex Wang: Prior to coming to Berkeley Law in 2011, Mr. Wang was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project for nearly six years. In this capacity, he worked with China’s government agencies, legal community, and environmental groups to improve environmental rule of law and strengthen the role of the public in environmental protection. He helped to establish NRDC’s Beijing office in 2006. He was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-05. Prior to that, Mr. Wang was an attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, securities matters, and pro bono Endangered Species Act litigation. He was selected to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program 2008-10, and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

About BEN & Bay-BEER

The Beijing Energy Network (BEN) is a grassroots organization with a mission of promoting knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration in understanding and tackling China’s energy and environmental challenges among individuals and organizations from diverse sectors such as government, finance, industry, media, advocacy, think tanks and academia.

The flagship activity of BEN is the Beijing Energy & Environmental Roundtable (BEER), an approximately twice-monthly happy hour/speaker series in Beijing. BEER events are free and open to all with no RSVP necessary. Bay-BEER is a similar, although less frequent event held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please note, we ask that our speaker’s remarks remain off the record unless they otherwise grant permission.

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