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United Daily News: Green is the name of the game

United Daily News: Green is the name of the game

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 5 of a daily roundup) Even though the United Nations has yet to shape binding rules on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the use of green technology has become the name of the game, as people around the world become more and more aware of the threat of global warming.
Not only advanced countries but also developing countries are gearing up to lay out regulations demanding carbon reductions from manufacturing through end-consumption.
With "friendly to the earth" and "rescue the earth" becoming a global consensus, the pace of promoting earth-friendly production and sustainable lifestyles will speed up and restrictions on carbon emissions will definitely become stricter.
Faced with the new market trend, Taiwan must catch up or risk being knocked out of the global market.
Available figures show that Taiwan's environmental protection records are lackluster and poor. The United States tops the world in terms of annual per capita carbon emissions at 20 tons, far higher than the world average of 4.3 tons. Taiwan's ranking is not expected to fall below five, as its per capita emissions reach an average of 12 tons.
What is even more sad is that Taiwan's per capita carbon emissions have continued to rise even during the period of economic recession.
This is an indication that Taiwan has yet to substantiate its promised target of carbon reductions either in the manufacturing sector or in people's daily lives.
This is an issue of great urgency that the government should not ignore.
As Taiwan's economy is mostly driven by export-oriented OEM manufacturing, the country could be especially vulnerable to changes in global business practices.
With the application of environmentally friendly green technologies becoming the order of the day, major multinational conglomerates can restrict their material and end product suppliers to using only technologies or production processes that meet ISO-certified energy efficiency and carbon emission standards.
Major international business associations can also devise new regulations demanding that its members only trade in products manufactured with environmentally friendly technologies.
Moreover, an increasing number of consumer groups have published booklets advising individual consumers on how to procure environmentally friendly products through carbon footprint labeling.
To maximize their chances of survival, local business groups should review their investment strategies and stop indulging in high-polluting and high-energy consuming manufacturing operations.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-07-31 08:15 GMT+08:00