President Announced Taiwan 2050 Net-Zero Goal
In view of the global trend towards net-zero emissions that has gradually taken shape in recent years, President Tsai Ing-wen announced on January 1 in 2021 that the government will consult widely to identify the future sustainable development methods most appropriate for Taiwan, while turning the challenges of carbon reduction into new opportunities for industry investment and job creation, and finding new directions for Taiwan's sustainable development. She also announced on Earth Day on April 22 that Taiwan is actively preparing to take steps toward achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. President Tsai addressed on the National Day on Octobor 10 that also need to work with all sectors of society to draw up a roadmap that will help us stay on top of relevant developments and assess risks early on. This is key to both our competitiveness and environmental sustainability. She further reiterated on COP26 Taiwan Day on November 7 that Taiwan is willing and capable to work side-by-side with our international partners to achieve our collective goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Premier of Executive Yuan Launched The Amendment of Climate Act
Premier Su Tseng-chang hosted the 33rd meeting of the Executive Yuan's National Council for Sustainable Development on August 30 in 2021 to discuss Taiwan's core sustainable development targets and its progress in achieving specific indicators. He said extreme weather is a global, collective challenge, and that more than 130 nations worldwide have already declared net-zero emission targets. The premier tasked the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) with amending the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act into a "Climate Change Response Act" and incorporating the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In addition to communicating and evaluating such issues as promoting carbon fees that will be used exclusively for mitigating climate change, the EPA will also make comprehensive plans for carbon reduction allocation. This will enable Taiwan to create a sustainable green homeland from the standpoints of supply, manufacturing, utilization and the environment.
Cross-departmental Collaboration Mechanism of Taiwan 2050 Net-Zero Pathway Was Established
The Office of Energy and Carbon Reduction in Executive Yuan established the "Net-Zero Pathway Task Force" in February 2021. The "Cross-Department Coordination Group" was formed by the deputy ministers of the ministries and departments responsible for promoting climate-change policies, coordinating the division of work among various units in the evaluation work, and promoting the sharing and exchange of information among various units. To ensure that the policy evaluation process is based on solid scientific foundation, the "Academia Sinica", the most recognized academic research institution in Taiwan, and the "Industrial Technology Research Institute", an important applied research institution in Taiwan, are selected as the advisory members to participate in various discussions and provide professional advice as appropriate.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)