Executive Yuan to set up energy and carbon office

  • Date: 2016-06-16
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

As  a  member  of  the  global  village,  Taiwan  will  not  be  absent  from  the  battle  against  global  warming  and  climate  change,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  at  the  Cabinet  meeting  today.

After  hearing  the  Environmental  Protection  Administration’s  (EPA)  report  on  climate  change  and  low-carbon  energy  strategies,  the  premier  said  Taiwan  must  confront  the  pressing  issues  of  global  warming  and  climate  change.  According  to  the  universally  accepted  Paris  Agreement,  low-carbon  green  energy  is  the  sole  path  to  slowing  global  warming,  he  added.

The  premier  instructed  Cabinet  members  to  take  climate  change  factors  into  consideration  when  formulating  policies.  And  when  implementing  those  policies  and  laws,  they  must  outline  action  plans  and  establish  key  performance  indicators  for  managing  progress  and  results.

The  government  will  soon  establish  an  energy  and  carbon  office,  Lin  added.  Several  preparatory  meetings  have  been  held,  and  the  office  will  begin  its  work  as  soon  as  a  suitable  office  space  is  found.

In  its  response  to  climate  change,  Taiwan  is  pursuing  sustainable  solutions  for  green  energy  resources  that  also  ensuring  nuclear  safety,  said  Executive  Yuan  Spokesperson  Tung  Chen-yuan.  When  converting  to  newer  forms  of  energy,  Taiwan  must  consider  strategies  for  the  short  term  and  the  transition  period,  meet  the  needs  of  homes  and  businesses,  and  conserve  energy  to  reduce  peak  loads.

To  help  Taiwan  achieve  its  target  of  reducing  2050  greenhouse  gas  emissions  to  50  percent  lower  than  2005  levels,  the  Executive  Yuan’s  energy  and  carbon  office  will  coordinate  efforts  among  government  agencies  and  review  results  on  a  rolling  basis,  the  EPA  said.  The  office  will  also  establish  partnerships  between  the  central  government  and  its  local  counterparts  for  reducing  carbon  and  developing  clean  energy.

Taiwan  is  currently  using  various  international  cooperation  mechanisms  to  build  exchanges  on  climate  change.  Domestically,  the  government  is  encouraging  citizen  participation  and  raising  information  transparency  to  improve  the  public’s  knowledge  of  climate  change,  the  EPA  said.