As a follow up to my post earlier this week about climate change I just want to point out two articles that appeared in the press today.
The first is by Gloria Hsu (徐光蓉) in Taipei Times. She writes that 'Green' action cannot wait for US.
Since the Kyoto Protocol was concluded and signed in 1997, the government has held two national energy conferences and countless big and small conferences on the subject.
Yet the nation's emissions have continued to increase faster than those of any other country.
Emissions are twice what they were in 1990 and it is expected that by 2025, this figure will have increased to three times that level. It's clear that there's a lot of talking but little action.
The fact is that government agencies don't think there is a need to cut emissions, and the reason is this: As long as the US refuses to cut emissions, it's useless for Taiwan to do so.
The second is by Steven Crook in the Taiwan Journal. It discusses the attitudes of business in Taiwan to climate change. It reports on a survey about corporate governance in Asia which included a "clean and green" section. The response of Taiwanese corporations is somewhat mixed. Formosa Plastics, Taiwan's largest greenhouse gas emitter, didn't participate in the survey. TSMC scored highly in the report and it is noted that it has won several awards for its environmental efforts.
The Taiwan Journal also has this graphic showing a large increase in wind generation capacity in the last few years. I assume the graph shows the amount of capacity installed each year, meaning Taiwan's total capacity at the moment adds up to 281.6 MW. Back in April the Taipei Times reported on plans for expansion of Taiwan's wind power capacity. There are plans for significant development of off-shore wind turbines. There are plans for 546 wind turbines between 2010 and 2020 around Penghu and the off the coast of Zhanghua and Yunlin counties with a total capacity of 1,980 megawatts.
Update: The Taiwan News has an article Taiwan to push for reduction of CO2 emissions.
The government will seek to reduce the annual carbon dioxide emissions in Taiwan to year 2000 levels by 2025, according to the Cabinet's chief technology adviser Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲).
Lee said that by 2025, the government is expected to cut current greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 percent.
In order to meet that goal, the government needs to make massive adjustments in its policies governing relevant industries, Lee noted.
The Taipei Times reports that the EPA will form a greenhouse gas emission reduction office. (added 22 December 2007)