When attending the 2017 International Symposium on Sustainability Science organized by the Academia Sinica on October 22, President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that reform of energy policies is one of her priorities as the president. She hopes to achieve the objective of raising the utilization rate of renewable energy to 20% of the energy portfolio with 8 years. The related funds for implementation under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Plan has been approved by the Legislative Yuan.
To our understanding, the event centered on the discussions of two major issues – “Energy Transformation” and “Air Pollution and Health” – among Taiwan’s experts and scholars in related fields and government officials. President Tsai attended the opening ceremony of the symposium.
President Tsai noted that during the previous month, Taiwan observed a new record for the highest temperature in September for the island – 38.5-degree Celsius. This year, Taipei’s temperature has also established a new record, with 16 consecutives with highest temperature exceeding 36-degree Celsius. Over the past 3 years, the global climate has seen new records set for the highest temperature every year. Therefore, Taiwan has the obligation to play a role in assisting our planet’s sustainable development. Taiwan will devote its effort in reducing carbon emission by cutting the volume of its carbon emission in 2030 and 2050 to 20% and 50% below the carbon emission level in 2005, respectively. The elements of sustainable development are incorporated into Taiwan’s economic policy, and the concept will be introduced into people’s everyday life. The primary regulations have been incorporated into the Forward-looking Infrastructure Plan which was approved by the Legislative Yuan in July. These include the financing of construction projects spanning public transportation and comprehensive green energy and water management infrastructure. Such investments will ensure that our cities and towns become cleaner and more environmentally-friendly.
She further pointed out that the government has listed the reduction of the concentration of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) as its top priority. After approving the “Air Pollution Prevention Strategy” this year, the government will invest NT$36.5 billion to implement 14 preventive measures, seeking to improve the entire island’s air quality through a two-pronged approach consisting of offering incentives and setting limitations. Some of the measures include strict monitoring of power plants and the gradual elimination of old diesel trucks and motorcycles.