Goldwater, Siddique Lead New Green Energy Consortium

"A former U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador and industry veterans announced on Jan. 17 the launch of a non-profit organization to promote green energy and sustainability," said Zacharie Mondel, the group's chief operating officer.

Called the Global Green Energy Consortium (GGEC), the group is headlined by former U.S. Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., and former U.S. Ambassador Osman Siddique, along with representatives from the hospitality and green energy sectors.

GGEC is a non-profit organization registered in the state of Delaware. Its mission is to provide businesses and communities with the education and tools to effectively and efficiently implement sustainable and green energy initiatives. A primary objective is to align the offerings of the energy market segment with the needs of the business world to effectively reduce energy usage and promote renewable energy technologies.

"As a global forum, GGEC's mission is to dramatically and continuously improve the ability of business, building owners, management and industry to save both kinds of green," said Mondel. "We believe that environmentally friendly business is profitable business."

“Our goal is to complement current environmental efforts and initiatives being pursued by USGBC's LEED, EPA's Green Partnership and the Energy Star program,” said Ron Kendig, GGEC chief communication officer. "We intend to help public utilities, oil and gas companies raise awareness of their commitment to Sustainability and Green Energy,” said Bob Scammell, vice president of business development.

Barry Goldwater Jr., executive vice president of government relations, will form a team to interface with existing agencies and regulators, including the U.S. EPA, Department of Energy and the Pentagon, to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy while focusing on sustainable sources. "We can’t jump from one dead-end solution to the next," said Goldwater. "We have to find a mixture of future fuels that can be managed and made to work for us, not the other way around."

Ambassador Siddique, executive vice president of international business development, "will bring his entrepreneurial and diplomatic skills to create green opportunities worldwide," said Kim Karch, GGEC's chief marketing officer. Ambassador Siddique served as Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga and to Tuvalu from 1999-2001.

"Promoting international collaboration and helping former Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore establish global environmental standards and protocols is one of the primary goals of GGEC," stated Ambassador Siddique.

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