Professional Affiliations

2019 Barry Worthington, Executive Director of USEA (US Energy Association) with Wendy Beach Director SFA, Judd Swift, CEO SFA and former DOE Secretary Perry

Member of The United States Energy Association (USEA)
SFA had the honor of working closely with the legendary Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), in support of the United States fossil fuel markets, related US clean energy technologies, policies and alternative products from fossil resources, especially coal. As members of the UNECE, SFA works alongside the USEA to attempt to shift international attitudes toward clean technology and act as a liaison between the industry, environmentalists, and governments in areas related to fossil energy.

Appointed Member of National Coal Council (NCC)

The National Coal Council (NCC) is a non-profit advisory group to the Secretary of Energy, which provides the Secretary with a well-balanced perspective on critical energy issues.

  • 2018 – Judd Swift was appointed by Energy Secretary Perry to the NCC. SFA participated in the development of the 2018 report requested by the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The report: “Coal in a New Carbon Age: Powering a Wave of Innovation in Advanced Products & Manufacturing”, concludes that coal offers significant potential beyond its current uses as a feedstock
  • 2019 SFA was invited to the NCC Chair’s Leadership Council which works with NCC leadership in advancing the strategic agenda and objectives of the NCC
  • 2019 – SFA became a member of the NCC Coal Policy Committee
  • 2020 – SFA participated in the NCC report addressing smart policies in support of advanced coal-fired power-generation technologies. This report focuses on the future of advanced coal technologies in the power sector, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); advanced energy systems to enhance energy efficiency and flexibility; high efficiency-low emissions technologies; small modular coal power plant technologies; and transfer of national technologies, such as supercritical CO2 cycles and pressurized oxy­ combustion
  • 2020 – SFA joined the NCC Executive Committee and the Finance Committee to help provide strategic direction and focus on governance
  • 2021 – SFA looks forward to advancing coal to carbon products markets through the development of the next NCC report as requested by Secretary Brouillette.

Member of The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva (UNECE)

2019 UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Geneva
Scott Foster UNECE Director of Sustainable Energy, Barry Worthington, Executive Director of USEA (US Energy Association)

SFA actively serves the UNECE on the “Committee on Sustainable Energy” and as a member of “The Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems”. SFA is also an active member of the “Group of Experts on Natural Gas”, where we are currently examining the role of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) for transportation in Eurasia. The US has the leading technologies for LNG infrastructure.

The United States is leading the development of clean energy technology and best practices. The UNECE’s 56 member States in Europe, North America, and Asia look to the U.S. while determining their own future sourcing and use of fossil fuels, creating various opportunities in foreign markets. The UNECE promotes international policy dialogue and cooperation among governments, energy industries, and other stakeholders. SFA interfaces with the 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations that take part in UNECE activities.

SFA has been working with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in Geneva, along with the United States Energy Association (USEA), in support of the United States fossil fuels markets, related US clean energy technologies, policies and alternative products from fossil resources, especially coal. The USEA has been working with them for several years on topics such as Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS), Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and the Paris Accord, regarding climate change.

The UNECE’s work on sustainable energy is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy; reduce emissions; and “eliminate” the carbon footprint of the energy sector. The focus is on energy efficiency, energy security, renewable energy, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, coal mine methane, natural gas, and the classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources.

IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA)
Synfuels Americas works with the International Energy Association in London, In particular with Dr. Andrew Minchener, OBE who is the General Manager of the Clean Coal Centre’s activities, with special emphasis on maintaining a strong international profile for all aspects of clean coal utilization, with a focus on outreach to developing and industrializing countries.

Global Syngas Technology Council (GSTC)
Synfuels Americas is a regular attendee and speaker at the annual Global Syngas Technology Conference. The GSTC promotes the uses of syngas in the economy. It encourages the use of economically competitive and environmentally conscious technologies to produce fuels, chemicals, fertilizers, substitute natural gas, hydrogen and electricity from a variety of feedstocks. GSTC facilitates relationships among technology, equipment and service providers, and plant owners and operators. Dr. Yong Wang Li was the keynote speaker at the 2015 conference. His presentation can be found on the presentation page. Judd Swift presented in 2018 on the Modularization of future plants and existing plant upgrades. Click here for his presentation.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Synfuels Americas participates in DOE-sponsored workshops, presenting international coal perspectives relevant to the U.S. export markets.

2016: An American nuclear physicist from MIT, Dr. Ernest Moniz served as United States Secretary of Energy

2019: Brian McCormack, DOE Chief of Staff, and DOE Secretary Perry