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President urges photonics industry to pursue clean energy

Taiwan’s photonics products should focus on clean energy and conservation of power to contribute to nationwide efforts to reduce the country’s carbon emissions to half the volume generated in 2000 by 2050, President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the Photonics Festival in Taiwan, Ma said Taiwan’s photonics industry will record NT$1.8 trillion (US$59.2 billion) in production value this year, with production value expected to reach NT$2 trillion in 2010.
“However, there are more things to be done other than continuing to make higher profits,” he said.
Citing saving energy and using clean energy as the major themes in this year’s exhibition, the president said such aims are in line with the global trend to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Ma said every industrial sector in Taiwan needs to pay attention to carbon reduction, which he said was one of the government’s main policies.
“Our measures will ensure there is balance between economic development and the long-existence of mankind,” he added.
As part of the new government’s carbon-reduction pledge, the Environmental Protection Administration recently promoted a draft to reduce carbon emissions, mandating all of the country’s factories cut down their GHG emissions by 15 percent.
“Although our country is not a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, our products could be banned by other countries if we do not follow global standards,” warned the president.
An international treaty on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the Kyoto Protocol has driven many of its signatory countries to establish green product standards for importing goods, thus potentially forcing global manufacturers to develop products that save more power and generate less carbon emissions.
Ma made a special mention of the Light Emitting Diode (LED), saying despite its higher cost, such advanced lighting technology in the long run will actually be more cost-efficient because it saves a lot of electricity.
“The government aims to not exceed the greenhouse gas emissions of this year’s level by 2016,”Ma pointed out, adding that the emissions in 2025 should be as low as half of that in 2008.
“By 2050 the situation needs to be further improved, reaching the level that is only half of the GHG produced in 2000,”the president vowed.
Admitting such a plan is ambitious, Ma expressed his hope that overseas Taiwanese factories could also help the country meet this goal. “The emissions reduced in factories based in foreign soil will also count,” Ma said.
The annual Photonics Festival in Taiwan is held in conjunction with the 10th Display Taiwan at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 on June 11-13. Together the two events feature panel displays, lasers, LED applications, optics, optoelectronics, fiber communications and solar energy products.

Updated : 2021-05-16 18:29 GMT+08:00