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Siemens Taiwan to convene sustainability summit

Siemens Taiwan to convene sustainability summit

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) The Taiwan branch of the German engineering firm Siemens AG said Monday it will host a forum later this month to discuss green and smart cities in Taiwan and explore sustainable development models. The Green+ Together 2015 City-to-City Sustainability Dialogues will be held March 19 by Siemens Ltd. Taiwan, the German Institute Taipei, the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, and the German Trade Office Taipei. At the forum, Mayor Boris Palmer of Tubingen in Germany -- known for his green, low carbon and sustainable policies -- will exchange views with his local counterparts Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan (???), Siemens Taiwan said in a statement. The dialogue between the local government leaders is expected to offer new perspectives in the transformation and upgrading of metropolitan areas in Taiwan, the German engineering firm said. "Cities generate 80 percent of the world's GDP, but they also account for 70 percent of global energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions," said Erdal Elver (??), president and chief executive officer of Siemens Taiwan. "Cities should be at the forefront in energy efficiency and carbon reduction," he said in the statement. He said that achieving a balance between economic development, environmental protection and quality of life is an important topic in urban sustainable development. The discussions among "like-minded partners and leaders at the City-to-City Sustainability Dialogues will undoubtedly lead to greater inspiration for Taiwan's cities to this end," Elver said. In his eight years as mayor, Palmer has transformed Tubingen into one of Germany' greenest cities, Siemens said. His "Tubingen makes blue" initiative encourages voluntary participation by city residents and raises awareness of sustainable green energy and green lifestyle, the company said. Currently, Tubingen relies on renewable energies for 40 percent of its energy demand, and more than 10 percent of Tubingen's citizens are using electricity solely from renewables, according to Siemens Taiwan. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 23:21 GMT+08:00