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Taipower, European Chamber of Commerce release net-zero report

2023-12-07
Focus Taiwan
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Taipower Chairman Tseng Wen-sheng (center), European Economic and Trade Office trade section head Aleksandra Kozlowska (right) take a photo at the press event on Tuesday in Taipei. CNA photo Dec. 5, 2023
Taipower Chairman Tseng Wen-sheng (center), European Economic and Trade Office trade section head Aleksandra Kozlowska (right) take a photo at the press event on Tuesday in Taipei. CNA photo Dec. 5, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) and the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) on Tuesday jointly released a report on how Taiwan can achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through the application of innovative solutions.

As Taiwan and Europe share the goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the chamber said, "the report is to provide policy and technological solutions to help Taiwan to move faster along the path to net zero power and overall net zero emissions."

Tuesday's release was witnessed by ECCT members, European Economic and Trade Office trade section head Aleksandra Kozlowska, and Taipower Chairman Tseng Wen-sheng (曾文生).

The report addresses renewable energy issues such as net-zero strategies, hydrogen energy and hydrogen co-firing technologies, and electric vehicles, incorporating the experiences and policy views of more than 20 institutions and companies from over 10 countries, according to Taipower.

Henry Chang (張翰書), chair of ECCT's Low Carbon Initiative (LCI), speaking at the release ceremony, added that the report also showcases issues discussed in at least 10 technical workshops organized by the Taiwan Power Research Institute (TPRI) and LCI from April 2021 to the end of 2022.

Chang summarized the report as having four main sections covering energy policies, supply side (green energy), electrical grid and demand side (EVs and carbon credits) issues, with the policy section including contributions from the European Economic and Trade Office, Bureau Français de Taipei (the French Office in Taipei) and the Taiwan government on their respective zero carbon policies.

The other three sections include summaries of the findings of the LCI-TPRI workshops, followed by chapters submitted by individual ECCT members introducing their solutions for net-zero, according to Chang.

Tseng at the ceremony praised Europe's role in Taiwan's decarbonizing effort, saying that "many corporations from the European Union have provided policy suggestions on net-zero issues including renewable energy and the electrical grid."

He pointed out that Taipower, as a power company, contributes more than 50 percent of the country's carbon emissions.

"With an effective decrease on our part, the country's net-zero goal could be achieved more easily," he said, adding with the development of hydrogen energy, smart grids and EVs, all covered in the report, and with more innovative solutions to be developed from continuing cooperation with the ECCT, "the process of achieving the goal can further be accelerated."

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