By: Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan is a small island country with 23 million inhabitants, threatened by climate change. Global warming concerns have become an important new challenge in Taiwan. Although Taiwan handed in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) autonomously, the island country is barred from the UN’s climate change talk due to diplomatic isolation. Taiwan pledged to reduce its 2030 carbon emissions by 50 percent, thus making the target 20 percent lower than the 2005 level, which is 214 million tons. Despite China’s aggressive opposition, Taiwan is determined to participate in the 2015 Paris Accord for no one should left behind.
On October 16, British Office in Taiwan and Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) organized a roundtable discussion on International Climate Dialogue beyond the 2015 Paris Accord. The discussion was aimed to bring out concrete dialogue with a political-economic perspective. Speakers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carbon Trust (Asia), the French Office in Taiwan, AIT Economic Section, and the German Office in Taipei contributed their ideas to the conference. [FULL STORY]