En­vi­ron­ment agency signs int’l car­bon re­duc­tion part­ner­ship

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wan’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA, ) inked an in­ter­na­tional in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing part­ner­ship last week to strengthen the de­vel­op­ment of low-car­bon tech­nolo­gies.

Last week in Taipei, cli­mat­e­change ex­perts from the United States, Ger­many, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, the Philip­pines, Viet­nam and other coun­tries signed the EPA’s Part­ner­ship for Low-car­bon Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment (PLCTD,

). Par­tic­i­pants pledged to strengthen car­bon re­duc­tion in their coun­tries and to share in­for­ma­tion on low-car­bon tech­nolo­gies.

The PLCTD was signed at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Taipei themed on low­er­ing car­bon emis­sions.

Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the World Bank’s Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity, the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, Ja­pan’s In- sti­tute for Global En­vi­ron­men­tal Strate­gies (IGES) and the Global Car­bon Cap­ture and Stor­age In­sti­tute (GCCSI).

At the con­fer­ence, EPA Min­is­ter Wei Kuo-yen (

) said the Leg­is­la­ture passed the his­toric Green­house Gas Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Act ( ) on June 15, lay­ing a le­gal foun­da­tion for Tai­wan’s re­sponse to global warm­ing.

The act re­quires that Tai­wan cut green­house gas emis­sions by half the level of 2005 (251 mil­lion tonnes) by 2050.

Tai­wan still de­pends on fos­sil fu­els for a large pro­por­tion of its energy needs; im­prov­ing abil­ity to har­ness al­ter­na­tive energy sources is an im­por­tant di­rec­tion for the fu­ture, Wei said.

The EPA min­is­ter said Tai­wan is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to move to­wards sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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