Big Four join Taiwan at climate action roundtable

Big Four join Taiwan at climate action roundtable

Taiwan is not a signatory party to the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in 2015, but as a responsible stakeholder in a global environment, the country has still made stunning and voluntary contributions by enacting the GHG Reduction Act and investing aggressively in renewable technologies, energy-efficient products, low-carbon productions, and green buildings over the past year.

A roundtable discussion on leading nations’ contributions to climate change in a post-Paris world was held in Taipei Thursday with the attendance of a number of representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States to exchange views on green and sustainable energy, greenhouse gas emission cuts, and low-carbon technologies through their experience and expertise.

In the discussion, outgoing Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Chairman Eugene Chien spoke of the achievements and efforts made in the public and private sectors in the country, including the the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Management Act passed ahead of the UNFCCC COP21 last year, and expressed the hope that Taiwan one day can be included in an international-level discussions to contribute our low-carbon expertise.

“According to the data released by IEA in 2013, Taiwan was ranked 23rd in the world in terms of its GHG emissions, accounting for 0.77 percent of global emissions. With that, Taiwan has made voluntary contributions by enacting tough carbon cutting laws and partnering with green leaders in the world, including the U.K, Germany, and France."

Director of French Office in Taipei Benoit Guidee was invited to the discussion to share experience and expertise with the attending foreign office representatives and industry leaders. Guidee recognized Taiwan as a responsible stakeholder in a global environment.

Speaking of renewable energy solutions, he said a floating wind turbine or floating offshore wind farm, which allows the structure to be built far away from the shore without disturbing local residents and causing inconvenience to fishing businesses, can best serve Taiwan’s needs given its limitations of land scarcity.

Guidee also mentioned a number of workshops to be held in the next few months in Taiwan, where scientific experts and industry leaders from both countries can exchange expertise and seek partnership or business opportunities.

An attending foreign ministry official also urged the representatives in attendance from the UK, US, Germany, and France to extend their support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the side events of the UNFCCC to share its expertise and to contribute to ensure environmental sustainability in every corner of the world.