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Taiwan to half its GHG emissions by 2030

The island nation commits that its 2030 green house gas emissions will be 50 percent below predicted under the business as usual scenario

Quelle:: Executive Yuan

Road near Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung, northern Taiwan, 17 November 2015
Road near Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung, northern Taiwan, 17 November 2015

Taiwanese Premier Mao Chi-Kuo recently reiterated the island's standpoint on carbon emissions by declaring that the nation's green house gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 will be 20 percent lower than they were in 2005, or half of predicted with the business as usual model. 

Premier Mao Chi-Kuo, left, shaking hands with Yuan Wang Jin
Premier Mao Chi-Kuo, left, shaking hands with Yuan Wang Jin
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This is much a more ambitious pledge than that of China, which denies to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state and claims it as an integral part of its own territory. It also highlights the different development levels between the two, with China working toward peaking GHG emissions by 2030 and Taiwan already in reduction mode.

Traffic jam in Taipei, Taiwan
Traffic jam in Taipei, Taiwan
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Even tough Taiwan is not a member of the UN or its suborganizations, thanks to heavy Chinese opposition, it has devised an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the Paris climate conference, which will put them on the path toward achieving the national goal of reducing GHG emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050.

The chimneys of Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung, northern Taiwan, 17 November 2015
The chimneys of Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung, northern Taiwan, 17 November 2015
EPA

Taiwanese Premier Premier Mao Chi-kuo also expressed concern that the island's industries could face trade sanctions from other countries, if the measures are not implemented. He hopes that the central and local governments, as well as the public and private sector, will come together to help Taiwan adapt to climate change and cut GHGs.

 

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