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Noble Prize laureate hails Taiwan's efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Noble Prize laureate hails Taiwan's efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) A Nobel Peace Prize laureate Thursday lauded Taiwan's efforts to reduce carbon emissions, which he said has been contributing to global sustainable development. Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of Germany, an expert in climate change and the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, made the remarks on the sidelines of a conference on climate change organized by the Administration of Environmental Protection in Taipei. Schellnhuber, founder and director of the German-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said despite not being a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taiwan has shown its determination to reduce carbon emissions in the nation by enacting a series of measures and legislation in line with the related international protocols. The visiting German expert suggested that the exploration of offshore wind power generation is a suitable option for Taiwan. In a meeting with the visiting German Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wednesday, President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said that Taiwan will follow international regulations and join global efforts to combat climate change, although it is not party to the UNFCCC. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act passed by the legislature in June stipulates that Taiwan seek to cut its carbon emissions to 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, Ma stressed. In addition, his Administration has been implementing three other related bills -- the Renewable Energy Development Act, the Energy Administration Act, and a law on energy tax, as part of the nation's efforts to combat global climate change, the president added. (By Wei Yun-ling and Lauren Hung)

Updated : 2021-09-25 02:51 GMT+08:00