International Forum on Energy Governance

International Forum on Energy Governance

YKK at ColumbiaHanyang University’s Center for Energy Governance and Security (Director: Professor Kim Younkyoo) together with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (Director: Professor Jason Bordoff) hosted an international forum that focused on the impact of potential US natural gas exports on Asia-Pacific energy security. The forum was held at the Faculty House at Columbia University on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. This international forum was timely, reflecting the current dramatic changes in the US energy policy landscape due to the boom in shale gas, an unconventional natural gas resource. The US is expected to transfer from a pure natural gas importer to a major exporter by the end of 2012 due to the rapid development in shale gas exploration, and the forum aimed to investigate how this transformation would impact not only US economies, but also the Pacific energy markets, economic growth, and geological security. All forum participants were experts, professionals or leaders in energy related institutions, research centers and private companies, including but not limited to Professor Kim Younkyoo of Hanyang DIS, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Christopher A. Smith of the US Department of Energy, Michael Levi of the US Council on Foreign Relations, and Adam Sieminski of the US Energy Information Administration. Many industrial and top-management figures from institutions such as Barclays Capital, JP Morgan, Korea Gas, Inc, and SK E&S also attended and presented during the forum. During the whole-day session, animated discussion covered many significant issues, shedding light on economic, security, geopolitical, and environmental concerns.

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