The urgency of climate change is propelling decisionmakers at every level of the global economy to reevaluate the carbon footprint of production and consumption networks. With trade policy, they are finding opportunities to build environmentally sustainable and resilient supply chains, to offer market-based incentives for investment into renewable energy technologies as an offset to the emissions of international trade, and to ultimately make the green economy a profitable and attractive pursuit. In a world driven by economic growth, trade policy is perhaps the most potent tool for inducing the seismic socio-economic shifts necessary to limit climate change.
The American Security Project is pleased to host a conversation with The Rt Hon. the Lord Barker of Battle, Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, and Ambassador Robert Holleyman to discuss aligning climate change goals with trade policy.
About the speakers:
The Rt Hon. the Lord Barker of Battle has served in senior roles in both business and political services. He was appointed Independent Chairman of the En+ Board of Directors in October 2017, immediately prior to the company’s successful London IPO. He was promoted to Executive Chairman in February 2019. Lord Barker was previously a member of the British House of Commons from 2001 to 2015 during which time he served as UK Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, under Prime Minister David Cameron, becoming the longest serving British energy minister for a generation.
Ambassador Danny Sepulveda served in the Senate as a senior advisor to Senators Boxer, Obama, and Kerry. He served in the Obama Administration at USTR and later as a Senate confirmed Ambassador in the Economic Bureau of the State Department. His policy areas of passion and expertise include digital privacy, trade, telecommunications, technology, and immigration and labor.
As Ambassador, he led negotiations on multiple international treaties and bilateral agreements on telecommunications and technology and served as part of the team that negotiated the first Privacy Shield agreement with Europe.
Over the last five years, Sepulveda has worked at senior levels in both the advertising technology sector and publishing industry developing expertise in digital supply chains and the monetization of data and content. Sepulveda started his career at what was then the National Council of La Raza and is today UnidosUS, the largest Latino advocacy organization in the country.
Ambassador Robert Holleyman is the president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International and a partner in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade, and Privacy and Security groups. He advises clients on a range of trade and investment issues, including market access, global trade negotiations, tariffs, cross-border data flows, and privacy/cybersecurity, among other matters. Ambassador Holleyman has significant trade, international business, economic policy, and legal experience from his service as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, as CEO of a highly successful information technology advocacy association, and work as counsel in the U.S. Senate. He served as Deputy United States Trade Representative from 2014-2017, with the rank of Ambassador.