Taiwan Environment Minister lands in Dubai for COP28

Taipei and Dubai, Dec. 6 (CNA) Environment Minister Shiu Fu-sheng (薛富盛) has arrived in Dubai for the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), the Ministry of Environment announced on Wednesday.

The minister and other government officials are in Dubai for the two-week COP28 meeting that began last week, the MOE said in a press release on Wednesday, adding that although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it has participated in the meetings. Through non-governmental organizations and research institutes.

On December 2, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in association with the Marshall Islands hosted a side event titled “Advancing ambitions with international cooperation towards a net-zero transition by 2050”; Dec. On the 4th, Taiwan Research Institute (TRI) co-organized another side event, „Cross-Level Governance and Solutions for Global Net-Zero Transition”, with Belize; and “Building Climate Resilient Agri-Food Systems in Vulnerable Countries” held on December 6 by Mom Loves Taiwan Association of Palau and Taiwan.

Taiwan will demonstrate to international partners „our promise to achieve climate goals with meaningful contributions and our determination to continue efforts to limit average global temperature rise.” [from pre-industrial levels] up to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” the ministry quoted the minister as saying.

Shiu told CNA in Dubai that Taiwan has recently made many achievements to address climate change challenges, including the country’s net-zero goal in the Climate Change Response Act passed earlier this year, which shows „Taiwan’s determination to achieve net-zero”.

Asked whether Taiwan should set more ambitious targets after this year’s COP began with calls for swift action to combat the escalating climate crisis, Shiu said 120 countries are committed to working together to triple the world’s installed renewable energy generation capacity. COP28, „Taiwan’s Roadmap to 2050 Net-Zero Goal on Track.”

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„Taiwan’s renewable energy capacity reached 10 percent of its total this year, and the target for 2050 is 30 percent,” which is consistent with the COP28 goals, Shieu explained.

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In March 2022, the current administration officially released „Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050”, which provides an action path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and the industry to undergo a green transition by promoting technological R&D and innovation. National Development Council.

Regarding Taiwan’s decarbonization effort, the minister said he is optimistic because „technologies will continue to advance,” and the government’s plan uses a variety of renewable energy such as geothermal energy, biomass, ocean energy and hydrogen.

Academia Sinica and Taiwan Power Company recently developed a new technology option that can remove the carbon from natural gas and burn only hydrogen to generate zero-carbon electricity.

The Minister also brought the declaration made by more than 20 countries to triple nuclear power capacity by 2050.

Taiwan must overcome three challenges before developing nuclear power: safety issues, handling nuclear waste and reaching a consensus on where to store the waste. [of where to place the waste]Nuclear power is a bogus issue.”

(By Tien Hsi-ju and Alison Hsiao)

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