PHL-CHINA ALLIANCE hosted U.S.-China Built Environment Standards and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Cities B2B Roundtable on January 12, 2017 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as one of the seven programs of PHL-CHINA CONNECTIONS. PHL-CHINA CONNECTIONS is a year-long program that leverages a competitively-selected, bi-nationally-supported public/private partnership between the City of Philadelphia's Commerce Department and the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia in a broad range of urban sustainability and clean energy applications.
Thirty people from government, academia, technology, finance, and investment fields joined the B2B roundtable, which explored commercial opportunities in the energy-efficient and wellness built environment. Highlights of the event included presentations from Terry Cooke, Founding Director of China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) and Dominic O’Brien, Senior Marketing Representative of Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, in which they set the scene for opportunities in improving energy efficiency and wellness in buildings.
Following the presentations, participants exchanged ideas at three panel discussions. The first panel focused on contextualizing wellness building-related opportunities, including looking at the evolution of wellness building standards, providing financial perspective on future development, and examining the nexus with health data. The second panel discussed a proven private-sector led effort coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to increase market activity for energy-efficient buildings (EEB Laboratory) that had been applied in the city of Houston, Texas and assessed opportunities for global replication and scale-up. The last panel surveyed specific efforts over the next 100 days (with Earth Day 2017 as a milepost) to advance bi-national projects, especially examining opportunities for leveraging the PHL-Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area (TEDA) EcoPartnership for (a) U.S.-China Clean Energy Demo Center feasibility study; and for (b) International Clean Technology Transfer Platform (ICTTP).
The PHL-TEDA collaboration became an EcoPartnership in 2014 and is aimed at bringing innovative “Urban Clean Energy Infrastructure” solutions to both regions. For more information on this EcoPartnership, please click here.