AIT of­fi­cial lauds Tai­wan’s ef­forts to com­bat cli­mate change

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A se­nior U.S. of­fi­cial lauded Tai­wan’s ef­forts to deal with cli­mate change, not­ing an act that cleared the floor of the Leg­is­la­ture re­cently, dur­ing the 2015 UNFCCC NGO Fo­rum in Taipei, Fri­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tai­wanese reg­u­la­tory agen­cies and politi­cians from across party lines worked to­gether to pass a land­mark green­house gas re­duc­tion law in June, said Robert For­den, deputy di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT), which rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab- sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties.

The new law stip­u­lates that Tai­wan needs to cut its car­bon emis­sions to half of the 2005 level by 2050.

This “rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in Tai­wan’s cli­mate ef­forts,” For­den said in an AIT state­ment.

At the open­ing of the fo­rum, he also said that he was pleased to see many non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­bers gather to­gether to dis­cuss cli­mate change is­sues in the run up to the United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Paris, which is set to kick off on Nov. 30.

The con­fer­ence in Paris will be an im­por­tant mile­stone in the history of global ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change, he said.

He also noted some alarm­ing cli­mate phe­nom­ena, such as 2014 be­ing the world’s warmest year on record and an in­crease in the fre­quency and in­ten­sity of ma­jor storms, like the typhoon that swept through Tai­wan ear­lier this month.

“We rec­og­nize that ad­dress­ing the threat of cli­mate change ef­fec- tively is go­ing to re­quire us to do much more, both in­de­pen­dently and in co­op­er­a­tion with like minded part­ners,” he said.

For the U.S. part, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­cently un­veiled “Amer­ica’s Clean Power Plan,” a blue­print for re­duc­ing car­bon pol­lu­tion from U.S. power plants, For­den said.

The plan sets stan­dards to re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 32 per­cent from 2005 lev­els by 2030, the equiv­a­lent of tak­ing 166 mil­lion cars off the road, he said.

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