By: Hsieh Chia-chen and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday that Taiwan will follow international regulations and join global efforts to combat climate change, although it is not party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Taiwan’s commitment to cutting its carbon emissions in line with international standards was evidenced by its passage of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act in June, Ma said while receiving Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and director of the German-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
The new law, which stipulates that Taiwan seek to cut its carbon emissions to half of the 2005 level by 2050, was a big step in the country’s effort to combat climate change, Ma said.
He said it is one of four climate change bills he has been pushing since he took office in May 2008. [FULL STORY]