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EETO calls on Taiwan to join effort in reducing greenhouse gases

EETO calls on Taiwan to join effort in reducing greenhouse gases

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) and all 16 European Union member state offices in Taiwan jointly called on Taiwan to join the global efforts with concrete action in reducing greenhouse emissions before the Paris Climate Conference COP 21. The joint op-ed posted on the EETO Facebook page and sent to Taiwan's Chinese- and English-language media urges the government to establish a stringent and legally binding greenhouse reduction target, as the international community is expected to reach an agreement to take on climate change at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. According to the article, in the reference to the agreement, the EU has already established its target and will reduce carbon output by 20 percent by 2020 (in comparison to the 1990 level), 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. It says that with its per capita greenhouse gas emission high at 10.95 metric tons, Taiwan is the 20th biggest emitter in the world, and 90 percent of the emissions came from petrochemical materials. The EU office points out that experience shows carbon reduction can still be achieved while pursuing economic development at the same time. The EU gross domestic product grew by 44 percent between 1990 and 2012, and during the same period, EU member states carbon emission was reduced by 18 percent. Thanks to the burgeoning green technology industries, the economy has benefited from the creation of more than 1 million jobs and annual revenue amounting to 129 billion euros. It adds that it requires consensus to adapt to climate change. Taking the example of the European Union, nine out of 10 Europeans recognize the seriousness of climate change, and two thirds of them believe that investments in green technologies can help stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 13:38 GMT+08:00