Environment agency signs int’l carbon reduction partnership
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.