ROC President Reveals Future Energy Goals

MA Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, yesterday laid out the future of Taiwan as a green country with sustainable development.

Ma’s remarks were made during a the third of a series of news conferences outlining his 10-year plan for Taiwan, elaborating his vision for the environment, education and culture.

Highlighting energy efficiency and conservation, Ma praised Taiwan for making significant progress during the past three years. with a reported annual 2 percent increase in energy efficiency along with reductions in CO2 emissions of 4.1 percent and 5 percent in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

He stated that he feel confident that the country can meet the set targets of reducing CO2 emissions to the 2005 level by 2020, and further to the 2000 level by 2025.

Although Taiwan has only .3 percent of the world’s population it accounts for around 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making the country 22nd in the world with per capita emissions three times the world average.

To change Taiwan into a more sustainable and green state, Ma said that the government will take every effort in improving energy efficiency and also exploring renewable energy sources, such as wind and photovoltaic power.

Ma was asked if the government would consider increasing electricity charges to dissuade energy waste and promote energy saving, the president replied that it is an issue that needs to be handled, requiring further appraisal, but currently there is no timetable for this assessment due to its complexity.

Regarding nuclear power, Ma emphasised the commitment of the government to establishing Taiwan as a nuclear-free country.

Picture of Taipei 101 by [debug] reproduced under CCL.

Friday 7th October 2011

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