TAIPEI (The China Post) — More and more people agree that climate change might become one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.
Amid Taiwan’s current water shortage, this year’s Earth Day serves as another reminder that it is time to lower carbon emissions and entice more people and businesses in the fight against climate change.
The members of the Low Carbon Initiative (LCI, 低碳倡議行動) under the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT, 歐洲在臺商務協會) understand those challenges.
They have strived to help Taiwan’s government and companies to adopt the best practices and policies on reducing carbon emissions over the past 10 years.
According to ECCT Chief Executive Officer Freddie Höglund (何飛逸), the LCI has advocated for “sustainability and renewable energy” in Taiwan through numerous flagship events, which have helped attract more investment and collaboration opportunities.
“These [concrete results] are even more meaningful as we celebrate Earth Day, here today,” Höglund said, adding that the initiative has slowly grown from just 10 members to 70 members this year.
The members have shared their expertise in “green energy, green financing, green mobility, smart cities, smart manufacturing, and circular economy,” in light of the government’s 2017 “5+2 policy,” he added.
As Taiwanese companies aim to be more eco-friendly, Höglund believes they now “have a great opportunity to learn what is happening and thereby leapfrog into the front line and not be limited.”
“[LCI] warmly welcome anybody who’s interested to join our organization to take part in these best practices, to help make significant policy changes here in Taiwan for future generations to come.”