Premier and US diplomat Matthew Matthews discuss energy reform

  • Date: 2016-06-16
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
<p>20160616 Premier and US diplomat Matthew Matthews discuss energy reform</p>

Taiwan  must  draw  from  foreign  countries’  experiences  in  order  to  reform  its  energy  structure,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  stated  this  afternoon  while  receiving  Ambassador  Matthew  J.  Matthews  of  the  United  States  at  the  Executive  Yuan.

Taiwan  takes  energy  issues  very  seriously  and  has  established  energy-conservation  and  carbon-reduction  measures  in  response  to  global  warming,  Lin  said.  The  government  is  now  seeking  solutions  for  the  energy  challenges  the  nation  will  face  after  its  nuclear  power  plants  are  decommissioned.  The  administration  hopes  to  build  up  Taiwan’s  green  energy  facilities  while  minimizing  the  growth  of  electricity  capacity,  under  the  premise  of  not  expanding  construction  of  traditional  power  plants.

Ambassador  Matthews  is  the  United  States’  deputy  assistant  secretary  for  Australia,  New  Zealand  and  the  Pacific  Islands  and  concurrently  its  senior  official  for  Asia-Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  (APEC).  He  has  come  to  Taiwan  to  attend  and  deliver  the  keynote  address  at  the  Conference  on  Energy  Efficiency  in  Asia,  which  is  being  held  by  the  American  Institute  in  Taiwan,  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs’  Bureau  of  Energy,  and  the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  under  the  U.S.-Taiwan  Global  Cooperation  and  Training  Framework  (GCTF).  Business  and  government  experts  alike  are  attending  the  conference,  he  noted.

Ambassador  Matthews  affirmed  that  energy  issues  are  extremely  important  for  both  Taiwan  and  the  world,  saying  that  besides  boosting  economic  growth,  policies  to  conserve  energy  and  reduce  carbon  emissions  are  crucial  to  the  future  lifestyle  and  environment  of  the  human  race.  He  expressed  hope  that  Taiwan  and  the  U.S.  will  hold  more  opinion  exchanges  on  this  subject  at  future  APEC  meetings.

The  GCTF  is  a  Taiwan-U.S.  cooperation  platform  established  June  1,  2015,  to  extend  the  fruits  of  the  two  countries’  collaboration  on  global  issues  to  other  nations  throughout  the  region  via  multilateral  exchange  and  cooperation.  This  platform  builds  Taiwan’s  and  the  region’s  capabilities  and  highlights  Taiwan’s  participation  in  and  contributions  on  global  issues.