Fri, Aug 24, 2007 - Page 12 News List

Taiwan planning to host `green' APEC workshop, exhibit

By Jessie Ho  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan plans to propose a "Green APEC Opportunity Initiative" during the APEC summit next month, as climate change has become an issue that cannot be ignored.

Taiwan will propose creating a platform for APEC member countries to exchange information concerning environmental problems and conservation, Liang Yung-fang (梁永芳), a consultant to the Environmental Protection Administration, told a press conference yesterday.

Creating such a platform would help increase awareness of the urgency of the situation and information exchange on "green" production and consumption, as well as nature conservation measures and other forms of cutting down pollution, Liang said.

To provide such a platform, Taiwan plans to host a "Green APEC Workshop" and "Green APEC Clean Development Exhibition" next year, he said.

The host of next month's APEC summit, Australia, has proposed the environment be placed high on the organization's agenda.

The Australian government said earlier that it would promote environmental issues as much as possible within APEC.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said in June that he hoped APEC leaders would set up a framework of post-Kyoto Protocol environmental goals.

The "Green APEC Opportunity Initiative" follows another major project proposed by Taiwan in 2003, the "APEC Digital Opportunity Center" (ADOC) -- a computer initiative intended to eliminate digital disparity among member countries.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電) deputy chief executive Tseng Fan-cheng (曾繁城), deputy chief executive officer of Formosa Plastics Corp (台塑) Susan Wang (王瑞華), Taiwan Power Co (台電) president Edward Chen (陳貴明), Taipei Financial Center Corp (台北金融大樓公司) chairwoman Diana Chen (陳敏薰), Industrial Bank of Taiwan (台灣工銀) chairman Kenneth Lo (駱錦明), CPC Corp, Taiwan (台灣中油) chairman Pan Wenent (潘文炎) and Polaris Securities Co (寶來證券) chairman Pai Wen-cheng (白文正) have been invited by the Australian government to attend the APEC Business Summit, which was previously known as the CEO Summit.

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