ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
SUMMARY OF MEETING
February 2, 2012
The Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) was convened for its third meeting
under its current charter at 9:00 A.M. on January 26, 2012, at the U.S. Department of Commerce,
16 Committee members present:
Dawn Kristof Champney
Brian H. Davis
13 Committee members absent:
4 Attending Commerce Department officials:
Todd DeLelle, ETTAC Designation Federal Officer
Catherine Vial, Team Leader/Environmental Industries
Maureen Hinman, International Trade Specialist
Bill McElnea, International Economist
Eileen Hill, Team Leader/Multilateral Affairs
Pat Kirwan, Director/Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee
Others present for all or a portion of the meeting, including speakers:
Steve Rietzke, U.S. Department of Labor
Kevin Thompson, U.S. Department of Labor
Jennifer Prescott, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Marc Lemmond, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Bill Anderson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gilbert Jackson, U.S. Agency for International Development
Andrew David, U.S. International Trade Commission
Jim Berger, Washington Trade Daily
Mircea Bostan, European Union Delegation
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by the ETTAC Acting Chair, Brian H. Davis, who welcomed
the participants and facilitated introductions.
ETTAC CHAIR NOMINATIONS
Nominations to fill the ETTAC Chair vacancy were solicited and the system to be used for voting was
outlined and agreed upon by the committee. Mark Schoenfield, Senior Vice President of Operations and
General Counsel of Jupiter Oxygen Corporation, was self-nominated for the position. Results of the
election would be finalized on Friday, February 3, 2012.
ENVIRONMENT TRADE WORKING GROUP OF THE TRADE PROMOTION COORDINATING
COMMITTEE (ETWG) UPDATE
Todd DeLelle, ETTAC Designated Federal Officer, presented an overview of a recent working-level
ETWG meeting and preparations for a proposed early March 2012 meeting of ETWG principals. That
Principals’ Meeting will provide an opportunity for senior officials from relevant U.S. government agencies
to meet and discuss areas of collaboration to foster increased U.S. environmental exports. The group will
also discuss ETTAC policy recommendations recently submitted to Commerce Secretary Bryson,
particularly concerning “Buy American” provisions in various pieces of pending Congressional legislation.
ETTAC SUBCOMMITTEE UPDATES
Trade Liberalization Subcommittee – Dawn Kristof-Champney
The Subcommittee had generated two draft letters since the previous ETTAC quarterly meeting, both
finalized by the full committee and submitted to Secretary Bryson. Both of these letters recommended
the U.S. government refrain from inserting “Buy American” provisions into Congressional legislation
because of likely negative effects on global environmental trade.
The second letter highlighted apparent inconsistencies with “Buy American” and a November 2011 Asia-
Pacific Economic Cooperation declaration on environmental trade. This agreement includes a U.S.
commitment to liberalize trade in environmental goods and services and to eliminate local content rules in
environmental projects. This letter also insisted the list of technologies negotiated for liberalization within
APEC include as many environmental technologies as possible. The ETTAC is revising an environmental
technology list it created years ago to serve as a recommended starting point for APEC negotiations.
That list will be finalized in February 2012.
The Subcommittee is also currently developing a list foreign national environmental markets it has
determined would benefit most from new free trade agreements.
Trade Promotion Subcommittee - Richard White, Subcommittee Chair
The Subcommittee has contacted federal officials from the Commerce Department and the U.S. Export-
Import Bank to gather information regarding U.S. government policies related to environmental tied-aid.
The Subcommittee received an overview of U.S. tied aid policy and the existence of various government
policies and programs related to tied-aid. Continued discussions with officials from the U.S. Agency for
International Development, the Treasury Department, and others were being pursued.
Standards, Regulation, and Certification Subcommittee - Jeff Grove, Subcommittee Chair
This Subcommittee outlined a number of areas in which it was focused, including those where foreign
approaches to environmental standards, regulations, and certification create barriers to trade in related
goods and services. The group continues to formulate policy recommendations that seek to promote the
global convergence of technical standards; encourage sustainable business practices; and assess the
impact full U.S. adoption of the metric system would have on the international competitiveness of the U.S.
Innovation Subcommittee - Roy Czajkowski, Subcommittee Chair
The Subcommittee introduced a policy recommendation letter to the full ETTAC for review, discussion,
and approval. The recommendation focused on increasing U.S. government support for small- and
medium-sized exporters and ensuring the various Commerce Department trade promotion activities
remain available to U.S. companies. The ETTAC discussed the letter and approved it for transmittal to
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GREEN JOBS PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
Steve Rietzke and Kevin Thompson from the U.S. Department of Labor presented an overview of the
programs managed by the Employment and Training Administration that foster jobs in the environmental
sector. Many of these programs are based upon grants that promote cooperation between local
governments, educational institutions, and nearby employers. These stakeholders work together to
develop training programs that produce graduates with widely recognized credentials capable of working
in an array of “green” professions. These programs seek to address unemployment and to ensure the
U.S. environmental industry maintains access to a pool of domestic talent that can support its continued
ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE
Jennifer Prescott, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, presented an outline of the recent APEC
declaration that commits each member to the liberalization of trade in environmental goods and services.
Through this declaration, the United States and its APEC partners have committed to fostering continued
regional economic growth that supports shared environmental concerns. These countries also pledged to
reduce existing barriers to trade in environmental goods and services and refrain from introducing new
barriers to trade and investment in this sector. The ETTAC is developing a list of technologies it felt
should be introduced into APEC negotiations to reduce tariffs on environmental goods.
NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE UPDATE (NEI)
Pat Kirwan, Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, from the U.S. Department of
Commerce, provided an update of the President’s NEI. The Initiative is currently on track to double U.S.
exports by 2014, using 2009 as the baseline for comparison. Reorganization of U.S. and Foreign
Commercial Service posts abroad was also discussed. Personnel in those posts have been shifted to
address NEI priorities and an effort is being made to hire more in-country staff to support U.S. trade
ETTAC SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS
The various subcommittees entered breakout sessions to discuss relevant issues and priorities.
DISCUSSION OF ETTAC PRIORITIES
ETTAC Acting Chair, Brian H. Davis, solicited potential dates for the next ETTAC meeting (tentatively,
April 27, 2012). Subsequent discussions via email will finalize that date.
The committee also debated which subcommittee would be most appropriate to handle a series of
environmental trade and market data issues. The topic would be contemplated over the coming weeks
with a discussion settling the issue scheduled to take place at the next quarterly meeting.
There were no comments by attending non-members during this segment
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 P.M.
We hereby certify that, to the best of our knowledge, the foregoing minutes are accurate and complete.
Brian H. Davis
Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee
Designated Federal Officer
Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee
These minutes will be formally considered by the Council at its next meeting, and any corrections or
notations will be incorporated in the minutes of that meeting.