Environmental Technologies Global Team October 2021 Newsletter

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October Updates for U.S. Exporters

Dear Exporters:

We are in the midst of the busy season on everyone's calendar, and are pleased to be able to offer a number of upcoming events and opportunities to connect you with international opportunities.  Register today for our U.S. Environmental Technologies Virtual Mexico Summit on October 25: We also have an exciting webinar on October 21 highlighting opportunities in China's green and sustainable building sector.  We are excited to launch a new Disaster Resilience U.S. Technology Global Forum with a free October 13 briefing on this important program.  More details and registration links for these and many other upcoming events are included below, as are some recent trade leads seeking U.S. technologies, and a request for public comment on the development of a U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy.   If you would like to connect with your local Trade Specialist to assist with any of these or other opportunities, please visit our Contact Us page online or email Ryan.Russell@trade.gov.

Featured Events

ACT QUICKLY: U.S. Environmental Technologies Virtual Mexico Summit

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U.S. Environmental Technologies Virtual Mexico Summit

October 25-29, 2021

Join us at the Environmental Technologies Virtual Summit in Mexico to learn about developments, trends, and opportunities in the environmental technologies sector in Mexico. Schedule virtual meetings with other participants, including U.S. Government officials, Mexican Government officials, International Buyers, and U.S. exporters. 

Where: Virtual

Cost:  $225 for representatives of U.S. exporters, service providers, and associations.  A link for payment will be sent separately following application approval.

Register: https://mexicosummit.itamatch.com/

Event Agenda

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 9:30am-3:30pm Central Time

10:15 a.m. - Panel 1: Opportunities in Mexico’s Water and Wastewater Industries
11:45 a.m. - Panel 2: Opportunities for Solid Waste Management and Recycling Technologies
1:30 p.m. - Panel 3: Environmental and Water Opportunities at Mexico’s Borders
3:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker - USG Support for Environmental Projects in Mexico

Tuesday, October 26 - Friday, October 29, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST - Virtual One-on-One Meetings

U.S. Exporters can request 1-on-1 virtual meetings with pre-screened overseas distributors, buyers and multipliers recruited by our U.S. Embassy colleagues in Mexico City. U.S. Exporters can also request 1-on-1 meetings with U.S. and Mexican Government Industry Experts to gain insights into market developments in the industry and receive actionable market intelligence in real-time. Invited overseas distributors, buyers and multipliers can request 1-on-1 virtual meetings with U.S. manufacturers, service providers and associations to learn about U.S. environmental technology solutions. 

Questions: Please contact Elizabeth.Laxague@trade.gov or Ryan.Russell@trade.gov

China's Green Construction Webinar

China's Green Construction Webinar

China's Green Construction Webinar:
Green and Sustainable Building Opportunities

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | Webex | 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EDT /
10:00 - 11:15 p.m. Beijing Time

Join the U.S. Commercial Service in China, the Global Design & Construction Team, and the Global Environmental Technologies Team of the U.S. Department of Commerce for a webinar highlighting the opportunities in China’s green and sustainable building market. While sustainable buildings make up a small percentage of China’s construction market, China is adopting more green building practices, which presents opportunities for U.S. architecture, construction, and engineering services firms. National regulations now require that 70% of China’s new urban buildings include certified green buildings by 2022. In 2019, China had the most LEED-certified buildings outside of the U.S. Area experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the private sector will provide resources and market intelligence to support U.S. businesses seeking to pursue these opportunities.


  • Welcome remarks    
    Laurie Farris, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy Beijing
  • Introduction on China’s Green Building Market
  • Energy Efficiency in Architecture
  • Creating Healthy, Sustainable, and Intelligent Buildings in China    
    Louie Cheng, President, PureLiving China
  • Green Building Total Solution – Experience in the China Market    
    Duanning Ma, CoE Solutions, Jonson Controls
  • Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights    
    Duncan Willson, IP Attaché, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Embassy Beijing
  • U.S. Government Resources for U.S. Exporters    
    Charlotte Conerly, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans

Target Audience
 •  Architectural Design
 •  Environmental Solutions (water and wastewater treatment, air purification)
 •  Energy Efficiency Solutions
 •  HVAC

Cost: $25

Contact: Monica McFarlane or Charlotte Conerly

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Disaster Resilience - U.S. Technology Global Forum

Disaster Resilience Webinar

Informational Briefing: Disaster Resilience -
U.S. Technology Global Forum

U.S. technology companies who provide solutions for disaster preparation, response, recovery, or reconstruction should join the Disaster Resilience: U.S. Technology Global Forum Informational Briefing. Areas of focus include biological and chemical threats (WMD), drought, environmental, flood, tidal wave, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire.

The Briefing will provide an overview of the forum, which will offer a comprehensive business matchmaking component where qualified U.S. firms can meet with prescreened overseas buyers, distributors, government procurement officials, resellers, development banks, and industry multipliers from around the globe. It will also provide insights from senior U.S. Commercial Diplomats about market opportunities, real-time market development, and effective market entry strategies.

Click here for details about the Forum.

Date: October 13, 2021
Time: 1:00-1:30pm ET
Cost: Free

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HIGHLIGHT - Your Success is Our Success!!

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We are excited to share examples of how we work with companies to help them prepare to enter or navigate a new market. This month we highlight Aquatech from Pennsylvania.  

Aquatech, a producer of water treatment technologies, was close to securing a contract for a $73 million wastewater project in Indonesia and needed to quickly vet two local partners before moving forward with the project. The company contacted the U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh office to assist with background checks on the two Indonesian firms. Despite the challenging environment due to the global pandemic, the U.S. Commercial Service was able to meet the time-sensitive request and delivered International Company Profiles on both firms.

The Profiles provided Aquatech with information on the Indonesian companies’ business operations, background, reputation, key officials and more, and enabled Aquatech to move forward with the project. In early 2021, Aquatech announced that it had won the Indonesian desalination project contract.

“Aquatech International leverages the U.S. Commercial Service to support our global export initiatives,” said Jim Matharu, SVP Enterprise Services Division. “They are my go-to resource when we need assistance in any country as they provide excellent assistance. The support for this Indonesian project was critical to conclude a major deal, and it was done under tight time constraints and in difficult circumstances during the early part of the pandemic.”

See the full highlight here.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

U.S. - Brazil Green Grid Summit 2021

The U.S.-Brazil Green Grid Summit

U.S.-Brazil Green Grid Summit will take place virtually and will bring together U.S. and Brazilian private sector decision makers, high ranking government officials, cutting-edge technology innovators and the financial sector to discuss the role and importance of the energy sector in meeting climate change targets.  Using an innovative format, the Summit will promote live sessions and discussions on trends in technology and regulation while allowing for networking opportunities between participants and speakers. The Summit will offer the full experience of attending an in-person event, without leaving home.

Participants from Brazil and United States will be able to connect through Speed Networking or join informal table discussions on the different topics and aspects raised during the Conference. Virtual exhibition booths will showcase our strategic partners and provide the resources and information needed to further business with Brazil. Participants will be able to talk and request additional information from representatives from development banks, financing institutions, research and development agencies, export promotion organizations and much more. The Summit is the one-stop-shop for U.S. participants looking into doing business with Brazil! 

Date: October 26, 2021
Cost: Free
Contact: Igly Serafim

register here

Request for Comments - Clean Tech

Your Input Is Requested - U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy

Comment period extended to October 15 ! ! ! 

Recognizing the vital importance of clean technologies in tackling the global climate crisis and spurring U.S. innovation and creating well-paying jobs, the Department of Commerce (DOC), in partnership with the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), has made it a top priority to encourage growth and ensure U.S. innovation and competitiveness in clean technologies sectors. To support this, the International Trade Administration (ITA) is requesting public comments on clean technologies export competitiveness.

Your input will inform the Department’s effort to develop a “U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy”, which intends to identify key issues influencing the deployment of these goods and services, highlight potential opportunities and challenges, and identify possible actions for the DOC and federal government to take in order to foster U.S. export competitiveness in clean technologies sectors. If you are a stakeholder in the U.S. clean technologies industry, we would value your feedback on this important initiative and invite you to submit a public comment.

For background on the strategy, instructions on providing your comment, and a list of questions you may choose to respond to, please see the Federal Register Notice. To submit a comment, please visit www.regulations.gov Docket ITA-2021-0005. .

Contact: cleantech@trade.gov.

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USCANConnect 2021

USCANConnect 2021
is CS Canada’s flagship virtual trade and business development event providing U.S. SMEs with assistance in partnering with Canadian agents/distributors seeking opportunities in a dynamic U.S.-Canada trade and investment relationship.

USCANConnect 2021 provides an opportunity for U.S. exporters to connect, meet and discuss their business objectives with potential Canadian partners. It is a very cost‐effective and efficient way to explore and develop business prospects in Canada.

The event is open to Small to Medium sized Exporters (SME) from all sectors with a special focus on environmental technologies, renewable energy, mining and critical minerals and infrastructure technologies per President Biden’s economic recovery plan. Throughout the event, U.S. and Canadian companies will have the opportunity to network and self-schedule one-on-one-meetings or utilize the assistance of CS Canada specialists to create a customized agenda (for an additional cost).

Date: December 9, 2021
Contact: Ozlem Toplu

More information and to register


The U.S. Commercial Service is working with the show organizer to support U.S. exhibitors at WEFTEC, recognized as the largest annual water and wastewater exhibition and conference in the world.  The event will take place in Chicago, IL from October 16-20, 2021.  For details on the show and for registration, please visit: www.weftec.org. For information on the U.S. Commercial Service support for the show, please contact Bailey.Rowell@trade.gov.  

Cairo Water Week

Cairo Water Week

“Water, Population and Global Change: Challenges and Opportunities”

This year the focus will be on the impact of overpopulation on the management of transboundary rivers and climate change. Five related sub-themes will be addressed through plenary and technical sessions that will be organized by reputed international and regional organizations.

DATES: October 24-28, 2021
CONTACT: Khaled Elzoughbi

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Trade Winds Mid East & Africa

Discover Business Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa
March 6 - 8, 2022

Registration is now open!! Join us in Dubai, UAE for the largest U.S. government-led trade mission and business development forum, being held during the World’s Fair. Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, Trade Winds will feature meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from over 20 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, exciting conference programming and plenty of networking.

Qualified U.S. businesses may customize their experience with optional business-to-business matchmaking meetings with pre-screened buyers, agents, distributors or joint-venture partners in the UAE as well as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar.

Sponsorship opportunities also available.

More information and to register

Cairo Water Week

The Water Council Tech Challenge

The Water Council has launched a corporate-sponsored Tech Challenge and will be accepting global applications through November 7th.  Corporate partners (A. O. Smith, Badger Meter, Watts Water, and Xylem) are seeking innovative solutions for three fall topics:

  • Elimination of high OPEX in aerobic wastewater treatment
  • IoT Enables Water Quality Sensors
  • Microbial control in distribution systems and in buildings

Click here for more information.

Who should apply: individuals, researchers, start-ups or existing businesses who would be aligned with these topics. 
There is prize money of up to $10,000 and exposure to the sponsor companies’ R&D teams for other potential engagement pathways.  

Contact: Elizabeth Laxague

Oman Sustainability Week
13 - 17 March 2022  

Oman Sustainability Week is a national event hosted by the Ministry of Energy & Minerals in partnership with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Be’ah. The event will focus on sustainability in the areas of energy and water demands of the Sultanate in addition to the protection of the environment with clear alignment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Oman Vision 2040.

Oman Sustainability Week will comprise an exhibition, a conference, an awards ceremony, and site visits under the core message of sustainability as a national objective. Key stakeholders will present sustainability efforts and initiatives. A Sustainability Tech Zone will turn the spotlight on the latest sustainability technologies, solutions, and initiatives from across the world. The themes of the Oman Sustainability Week are Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Climate Action, and Life on Land.

Contact:  Raji Daniel

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Trade Leads and Tenders

Location: Ecuador
The Energy Ministry has three projects. 1) Design and build solar, wind, small hydro and biomass projects. 2) Northeast interconnection with the oil sector - a transmission line connecting the oil wells to the national grid system. 3) 400 MW Combined Cycle Block - natural gas project in Guayas-Santa Elena. 
Contact: Sofia Zarate

Location: Morocco
Casablanca Water Department seeks Public-Private-Partnership to build a desalination plant. This supports one of Morocco's goal of producing more than one billion liters of desalinated water per year by 2050.
Contact: Halima Berrami

Location: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC) seeking joint venture U.S. partners with expertise in waste management and recycling solutions. Relevant for major players in the recycling & waste management sectors with sufficient financial capabilities and proven credentials in establishing, operating and running waste cluster operations such as: Municipal Solid Waste, Construction & Demolition Waste, Industrial Hazardous Waste, End-of-Life Vehicles, Waste of Electronics & Electrical Equipment, Sewage Sludge, Lubricants, Tires, Batteries, Used Cooking Oil, and Medical Hazardous Waste.
Contact: Sabah Hersey

Location: Suriname
Ministry of Public Works intends to solve the waste problem in Suriname in an environmentally friendly way. Seeking expressions of interest to participate in a PPP model to set up a modern waste management facility.
Deadline: November 30
Contact: Javier Suarez

Resources and Export Links

Environmental Technologies Industry Page

Exporting Basics Videos

STEP Funds (Grant available to U.S. SMEs looking to Export Internationally) via Small Business Administration

Environmental Technologies Top Markets Report

Country Commercial Guides cover 125 international markets by the U.S. Commercial Service

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