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International Business Affairs Forum
June 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
THE ROAD TO AIR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CALI-BAJA REGION
San Diego and Baja California have leveraged complementing resources to create a $2.5 Billion co-producing manufacturing supply chain and became, together, the largest medical device cluster in the world. Our binational Cali-Baja region is home to global companies that have settled here thanks to our strategic geographic location that provides them with access to Latin America and Asia-Pacific markets. In fact, 90% of California exports travel through our regional ports of entry. The movement of goods and people across our region causes heavy congestion on our highways and at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa land ports of entry. This congestion plays a large role in the release of pollutants in our atmosphere, damaging the air quality.
Later this year, in November, the UK will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This will bring an opportunity for countries to come together and refresh their climate plans and specify their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement (a pledge to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C). COP26 will put a much greater spotlight on the efforts of nations, states, and cities to curb emissions and improve air quality. The key factors impacting our air quality come from greenhouse gas (GHG) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from energy generation, industrial activity, unpaved roads, and vehicles that transport goods and people across our region every day. The pandemic has also emphasized the importance of addressing this pressing issue, as air pollutants cause, or contribute to, respiratory illnesses such as asthma which increased our community’s risk of experiencing COVID-19 complications. Exposure to emissions that can also cause long-term health issues has been significantly reduced thanks to public programs and initiatives such as State Implementation Plans in California, ProAires in Baja, and cross-border efforts led by binational entities including the California-Mexico Border Relations Council.
Join us on June 17 for a conversation on why 2021 is a landmark year in the global fight against emissions, and Cali-Baja’s road to air sustainability. Speakers will share an overview of efforts to ensure improved air quality for our binational community, international collaboration, and the role the business sector plays in achieving this goal.
About the International Business Affairs Forums
Through the International Business Affairs Forums, the Chamber provides business leaders with the essential knowledge and resources needed to thrive within the binational marketplace. Attendees also have the opportunity to build and strengthen new relationships, exchange ideas, and debate policies that are relevant to the Cali-Baja business community. Meetings are held monthly, at the San Diego Regional Chamber office or in Tijuana
Registration is open to Chamber members only. If you are not a Chamber member, please contact Joshua Peters, Membership Benefits Coordinator, at email@example.com to discuss membership opportunities and attending as a guest.
Date: June 17th, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 11:30 am