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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 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.

A New Era of Coal: The “Black Diamond” Revisited
Working Paper by Shoichi Itoh

Fueling Sustained Growth: Strengthening Energy Markets for Economic Development
Working Paper by Han Phoumin

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

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

Building Social License: Harnessing the Environmental Impact Assessment for Social Capital
Interview 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

Asian Development Bank Outlook 2014

The opening session included presentation and discussion of the Asian Development Bank's annual Asia Development Outlook (ADO). See the report release announcement: ADB Sees Steady Growth for Developing Asia.

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers included:

University of California, Berkeley

Armond COHEN
Clean Air Task Force

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

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

Patrick HO
China Energy Fund Committee

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

Cloud Peak 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.

Congresswoman Cathy MCMORRIS RODGERS
U.S. House of Representatives (WA-5)

Meredith MILLER
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry,

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Wood Mackenzie

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

Consulate General of Canada in Seattle

Stanford University

U.S. Department of State

Yuen Pau WOO
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Coal Utilization Research Council;
Van Ness Feldman LLP

SNC Lavalin

U.S. Department of Energy


The Forum is an invitation-only event that convenes high-level representatives from policy, industry, and research from around the Asia-Pacific in order to facilitate interactive, frank discussion on pressing energy and environmental issues.

Research and Results

NBR will publish policy papers related to the Forum theme as a resource for stakeholders in the region. The papers will frame the discussion for participants in advance of the Forum and be made available online. Following the Forum, NBR will publish a final report highlighting the key findings that will be briefed to policymakers and stakeholders.

Sponsorships and Partnerships

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Clare Richardson-Barlow
Project Manager,
Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)
+1.202.347.9767 (Washington, D.C., USA)