South Korea’s Green Growth Strategy: Where it Stands and Where It’s Going

Event: June 23, 2011, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

9:00 am—1:30 pm (lunch provided)

Korea Economic Institute

1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010

Washington, DC

KEI Conference Room

In the two and a half years since President Lee Myung-bak announced his “me first” strategy for accelerating green growth in Korea, he has inked numerous bilateral clean energy agreements, overseen passage of a law laying the groundwork for his sweeping strategy, and accepted several international awards for his leadership in the green growth arena. However, his administration has also revised plans for a cap-and-trade system in the face of opposition from the Korean private sector, showing the difficulty in swaying business leaders to “go first” in green growth when they perceive potential competitive disadvantages. Co-hosted by the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and Korea Economic Institute, this conference will examine the successes and challenges of Korea’s green growth implementation, the private sector’s role in bringing about a low-carbon economy, and the regional context of Korea’s green growth efforts. Panelists will also consider where there is crossover in the U.S. and ROK approaches to climate change and clean energy development, and the potential for future collaboration.

To RSVP please contact Sarah Howe ([email protected]) at Korea Economic Institute with name and affiliation.

9:00-9:15 am. Introductory Remarks

Ambassador HAN Duck-soo (invited)

ROK Ambassador to the United States

9:15-9:45 am. Keynote Speech: What is Green Growth? The South Korean Context

YOUNG Soo-gil

Chairman, Presidential Committee on Green Growth

10:00-11:00 am. The Private Sector Role in Green Growth: Challenges and Opportunities

LEE Jeongjoon

Research Fellow, LS Industrial Systems

HWANG Joo-ho

President, Korea Institute of Energy Research

11:00 am-12:00 pm. ROK Green Growth in a Regional Context

CHUNG Suh-Yong

Professor, Korea University

Member, Presidential Committee on Green Growth

Trevor HOUSER

Director, Energy and Climate Practice, Rhodium Group

Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

12:15- 1:30 pm. Luncheon Keynote Speech

Matthew SUMMY

President and CEO, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition