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Climate demands prompt action

By Chen Chih-Wei 陳治維

Concerning record-breaking temperatures, innovations and contributions could be made to general urban planning, considering local climate characteristics and architecture incorporating wind and solar energy to reduce the outside energy needed to heat and cool living spaces.

However, such ambitious goals to combat climate change could never be achieved by the government alone, without support from cross-domain and multilevel collaborations between industries, stakeholders and individual citizens.

Thinking from the perspective of industries, stakeholders and various organizations, an essential method to contribute to sustainable development is pursuing renewable energy, reducing waste, producing environmentally friendly products and operating a circular economy through research and development.

Take electricity, for example: The cost might be high at the initial stage of an energy system shift, due to the investment required in new technology and research, but it will bring long-term rewards. Offshore wind power, for example, could become cheaper than coal-fired energy, and renewable energy promises higher efficiency at lower prices.

In light of this, a systematic national framework of spatial governance should be pursued. Doing that while complying with global visions and with support from cross-domain and multilevel collaborations by industries, stakeholders and individual citizens, where everyone takes their own responsibility and works together, would make the biggest contribution to combating severe climate change and building a sustainable living environment for humanity.

Chen Chih-wei is chairman of the Institute of Urban Diversity and Mobility and sits on the Executive Yuan’s National Council for Sustainable Development.

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