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Taiwan tackles carbon emissions in strategic review

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan is determined to reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions by developing environmental friendly technologies and energy-saving methods, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) said yesterday morning at the 2007 Strategic Review Board on Industrial Technology (SRB).

Chang said the goal of the meeting was to gather experts from various technological fields from Taiwan and the international community to develop more effective ways of cutting the country's energy consumption and solidifying the nation's energy conversation plan.

"This year's theme is not only closely related to people's everyday life, but also serves as the basis of Taiwan's future development and economic growth. It is imperative that Taiwan be an eager participant in the global energy conservation movement," the premier said.

Taiwan imports 98 percent of its energy and is heavily depended on fossil fuels, including coal and petroleum, Chang said.

Taiwan has signed the Kyoto Protocol, and in 2005 the Cabinet set up an Advisory Panel of the Technology and Development Committee to provide education on and monitor the country's energy use, evaluate how to reduce the nation's carbon dioxide emissions and to promote reusable energy sources, the premier said.

Chang said the annual SRB meeting is by far the most important event regarding the country's industrial technology research and development.

In the past, topics such as telecommunication, digital imaging, semiconductors, nanotechnology and various types of e-services were discussed.

In recent years, innovative technologies such as radio frequency identification devices, intelligent cars and robots have also been discussed.

The four-day meeting is attended by experts from Taiwan, as well as the US, Australia and the Netherlands.

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