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Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—With the world's largest population and its fastest growing economies, China is a significant consumer of energy, and its future energy use has wide-ranging implications for the rest of the globe. On Wednesday, March 10, Bard College will host an Open Forum with leading economic, legal, environmental, and business experts to explore issues related to rapidly increasing energy consumption in China. The forum, "China's Energy: Resources, Demands, Concerns, and the Future," takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center and is free and open to the public. The Open Forum is cosponsored by Bard in China and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP), with support from the Freeman Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

"With an economy growing at nearly 10 percent per year and carbon emissions projected to surpass that of the United States by 2020, the future of energy consumption in China merits close attention and discussion," notes Joanne Fox-Przeworski, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and former director for North America of the United Nations Environment Programme. "These issues help us in the United States focus on how our industries and households can stimulate energy efficiency and the reduction of pollution from energy production."

The forum features Kimball C. Chen, cochairman, ETG Energy Transportation Group, Inc.; Daniel Dudek, chief economist, Environmental Defense; Barbara Finamore, director, China Clean Energy Project, Natural Resources Defense Council; and Patrick J. D'Addario, president, Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation. Fox-Przeworski will introduce and moderate the open forum.

Kimball C. Chen is the cochairman and chief executive officer of Energy Transportation Group, Inc. (ETG) and chairman of ETG's business development affiliate, ETG International, LLC (ETGI). ETG's activities focus on development and operation of international energy infrastructure and integrated energy logistics systems, including liquified natural gas (LNG) shipping, cryogenic fuel terminals, liquified petroleum gas distribution companies and specialized power plants. ETG currently serves as LNG shipping advisor to the Guangdong LNG Import Project in China. ETG LPG ventures are active in Europe and China.

Chen serves on the board of directors and industry council of the World LP Gas Association, advises governments on gas policy, and has frequently been an invited speaker at major LNG, LPG, gas, and economic development conferences, as well as a contributor to various LNG and LPG textbooks and industry publications. Chen's past and present outside activities include the Council on Foreign Relations, board service at Financial Services Corporation of New York (New York City's economic development bank).He earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1973 from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in 1978 from Harvard Business School.

Patrick J. D’Addario is president and a founding director of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation (LGF), a not-for-profit corporation. LGF’s mission is to perpetuate the work of the late New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as an internationalist and advocate of humanitarian globalism through Italian-American partnerships for investment in sustainable development, health, and in southern Italy. In this capacity, D'Addario has designed the Preparation Facility for Sustainable Small-Scale Infrastructures (PREP-ASSIST), as well as the LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge Program for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has also been involved in the establishment of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) program of the United Kingdom. As director of operations, Latin America, for the Golden Genesis Company, he was responsible for the creation of a program that has developed 90 photovoltaic picoutilities in northeast Brazil.

As cofounder and president of the International Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (IFREE), D’Addario was responsible for more than 20 early stage investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE/EE) projects in 15 countries, totaling more than one million dollars. He was also responsible for programs in Hyderabad, India, and Central America, including a regional program with the Foro Regional Energetico de America Central. IFREE also cosponsored the first national RE/EE conference with the minister of planning of Honduras. He was a founder and, subsequently, Vice President, of the Brazilian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Trade Association (ABEER).

As a staff aide to the late U.S. Sen. Paul E. Tsongas, assistant to the chairman of the Export Import Bank of the United States, and principal in economic and renewable energy consulting firms, D’Addario has worked on clean energy commercialization issues for more than 25 years. Mr. D’Addario holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

Daniel Dudek specializes in the reduction and control of atmospheric pollutants through the development of markets for environmental commodities to manage local and global pollution from stationary and mobile sources. He led the team credited by President George H.W. Bush with developing an environmentally sound, market-based approach used to halving emission of pollutants contributing to acid rain in 1990. He has been a key player in market development activities of the U.S. sulfur dioxide allowance trading system for the reduction of acid rain, including auctions and spot and future markets. He played an important role in the creation of tradable production entitlements for chlorofluorocarbons for compliance with the Montreal Protocol, as well as U.S. EPA-approved mobile-stationary-source trading program for hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide reductions in nonattainment areas. He was also involved in the volatile organic material trading program in Illinois, the emerging regional nitrogen oxides trading market in the eastern United States, and the evolving greenhouse gas pollution reduction market. He brokered the first interpollutant trade, which involved sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide; developed the first emission trade in Poland; facilitated the first international greenhouse gas (GHG) trade involving options; partnered with BP to develop its internal GHG trading system; and is developing SO2 emissions trading in China in partnership with that country's State Environmental Protection Administration.

Dudek has been an adviser to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the Ministry of Environment, Poland; the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; the Regional Environment Center, Budapest; the United States' Acid Rain Advisory Committee and Clean Air Act Compliance Committees, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Chicago Board of Trade; the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; British Petroleum; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; State Environmental Protection Administration, People's Republic of China; and to various other public and private institutions.

He is the author of numerous articles, abstracts, and papers on creating strategies for using market forces to solve environmental problems. He was an assistant professor of resource economics, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1982-86); and an agricultural economist, Natural Resource Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1975-82).

Barbara A. Finamore is a senior attorney and director of NRDC's China Clean Energy Project, which is working to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in China through innovative policy development and technology demonstration. She has also worked in NRDC's nuclear program, at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme and the Center for International Environmental Law. She serves as president of the Professional Association for China's Environment (PACE) and vice chairman for public service of the ABA International Environmental Law Committee. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Finamore was awarded its Wasserstein Public Service Fellowship in 1993.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy promotes education, research, and public service on critical issues pertaining to the natural and built environments. Its primary goal is to improve the quality of environmental policies by incorporating the best available scientific knowledge into the policy-making process at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Center's innovative graduate program, launched in 2001, trains future leaders who can translate the science behind environmental and natural resource problems into creative, feasible policies. The Center's unique modular curriculum offers an intensive course of study, grounded in the sciences, as well as economics, law, politics, and ethics, and emphasizes communication skills, leadership, and financial training. After a period of internships, graduates are prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, government, and the private sector. The program leads to a master of science degree or professional certificate in environmental policy, and the Center offers joint degree programs with Pace Law School; the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture; and the Peace Corps. For more information about BCEP or its graduate programs, call 845-758-7073, e-mail, or log on to

Bard in China was established to enhance learning from and about China through events and exchanges. The program works closely with Asian studies faculty and students as well as with faculty and students from China. China-related public presentations and lectures have featured renowned speakers and performers in the fields of literature, social science, and the arts. In addition to helping with exchange arrangements to bring students and teachers from China, the program assists in fund-raising and administration for faculty and student travel to and within Asia. For further information, call the Bard in China Office at 845-758-7388, log on to, or e-mail

For more information about the forum, please call 845-758-7388 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 03-11-2004