US Trade Associations Pushing to Adopt Green Practices

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Several trade associations recently released a list of clean energy technology principles they want the federal government to adopt, which subsequently will boost the number of green jobs in the US. Federal government representatives and associations from various industries produced the list, titled “Encouraging US Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles,” on July 27, 2011. The National Foreign Trade Council arranged the coalition of industry associations.

A major part of the coalition’s list includes not just promoting clean energy technology exports but also ensuring the federal government continues to measure and report on its progress in this green area.

“We are proud to be a part of this effort and to endorse these principles,” said Evan Gaddis, CEO and president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. “They concentrate much of our advice to US agencies about necessary steps to better support our exporters of many energy-efficiency technologies, including elements of the Smart Grid, high performance buildings and energy storage.”

Reaching the Green Export Goals

The coalition of associations in its clean energy principles list emphasized the importance of the federal government’s role in safeguarding the country’s intellectual property rights and in decreasing barriers for green exports–both barriers dealing with tariffs and those not associated with such levies.

In addition, the associations want the federal government to use the help of the US Trade and Development Agency, the US Export-Import Bank and resources from the US Department of Commerce to advocate green exports of services and goods in a manner that is technologically neutral. This promotion will contribute to a growth in the number of green jobs in the US over the next few years.

“The US has set the goal of doubling exports by 2014,” said Tim Richards, chairman of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Trade Policy Committee as well as the managing director for energy policy for General Electric Energy. “We applaud this effort and believe that clean energy products and services should form an important part of that program.”

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