AIT official lauds Taiwan’s efforts to combat climate change
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.