TIA's U.S.-China Green ICT Seminar Focuses on Innovations for Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Technology Solutions

In Beijing, High Turnout of U.S. and Chinese Government Officials and Industry Thought Leaders Discuss the Future of Green Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents the manufacturers and supplies of global information and communications technology (ICT) networks, today concluded its U.S.-China Green ICT Seminar in Beijing, China.

Thought leaders from both the United States and China discussed policy challenges and opportunities that both countries face as they innovate and deploy 21st century smart technologies. TIA President Grant Seiffert said: "It is very timely for the United States and China to hold an event to learn of different technology solutions offered by companies so that they may discover new ways to collaborate in this important emerging field. It is equally important for governments to adopt appropriate policies that create an enabling environment for businesses to innovate and market their technologies in this important space."

Panelists spoke on "Innovations for Energy Efficiency" and "Smart Grid Technology Solutions." Many presenters focused on the benefits that ICTs can bring to every day, real-world situations. These include the environmental benefits of tele-working, time savings derived from automated and remote factory access, cost savings from reduced energy consumption, and the ability to monitor energy use through connecting devices to the smart grid. Today's seminar proves that the global ICT industry continues to lead by developing innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency.

The event was held under the auspices of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), and was hosted by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, with supporting organization help from the China Association of Communications Enterprises (CACE) and the China Electronics Standards Institute (CESI). Industry sponsors of the seminar included the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Ericsson, Genband, ILS Technology, Intel, and Qualcomm.

High-level government speakers included: Deputy Director General Chen Jiachun, Department of Telecommunications at MIIT; Craig Allen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration; Director Wang Jianchao, Department of International Cooperation, MIIT; Alan Meier, Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy; Dean Prochaska, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Conformance, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology; Liu Wenqiang, China's Department of Energy Saving and Resources Utilization under MIIT; and Wang Jiye, Deputy Director of Information Office of State Grid Corporation of China.

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