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Lee: Taiwan lags behind on global carbon reduction

Lee: Taiwan lags behind on global carbon reduction

Lee: Taiwan lags behind on global carbon reduction

While the Paris COP21 Climate Summit ended with 196 countries agreeing on the goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius, Taiwan’s effort to reduce carbon emissions lagged as it ranked number eight globally in terms of carbon footprint.

Lee Yuan-Tseh, former president of Academia Sinica, said on Wednesday that the situation was not ideal, yet there was no concrete government solution to reduce carbon emission.

Lee also said that Taiwan should utilize solar energy in lieu of nuclear power as the negative effects of nuclear energy could impact the next generation. He added that Taiwan should collaborate with other countries in this regard and put more effort into promoting solar energy.

According to the 2016 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), by non-profit Germanwatch, Taiwan trailed behind its peers, as it was rated as “very poor” among the 58 countries assessed, behind China, Thailand, and Malaysia.


Updated : 2021-09-21 23:13 GMT+08:00