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Taiwan calls for support to take part in climate summit

Although Taiwan has been excluded from the UNFCCC and its related mechanisms, it remains keen to join international efforts aimed at saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is committed to contributing to the fight against climate change, and is one of the few countries to have voluntarily announced reduction targets for carbon dioxide emissions.

Taiwan has been striving to improve energy efficiency by more than 2 percent per year in the period 2008-2015, so as to reduce energy intensity by more than 20 percent by 2015 compared to 2005 levels, and by 50 percent by 2050. The joint efforts of the government and the public have also enabled Taiwan to reduce energy intensity by an average of 2.46% annually, while its per capita carbon emissions have dropped from 18th in the world to 21st, a significant improvement in energy efficiency.

Taiwan has for many years worked to sign bilateral agreements and engage in multilateral cooperation in an effort to respond to the policies advocated by the UNFCCC. For instance, in order to conform to the 2015 Paris Agreement that will be reached under the UNFCCC at the end of this year, Taiwan has also drafted its “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” in response to the Lima Call for Climate Action issued in Peru last year. This further demonstrates the Taiwan’s determination to continue to participate in the UNFCCC process.

Available at: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/256553-taiwan-calls-for-support-to-take-part-in-climate-summit

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