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European Chamber of Commerce starts low-carbon scheme

Staff writer, with CNA

The European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT) yesterday launched a low-carbon initiative in Taiwan to show its support for the country’s goal of reducing carbon emissions.

“The aim of becoming a low-carbon operation is no longer something firms are just paying lip service to,” ECCT chairman Chris James said at the launch ceremony.

“This event aims to demonstrate European expertise in low-carbon solutions and initiate partnerships with the government and Taiwanese firms,” he said.

Since Taiwan imports more than 99 percent of its energy and its per-capita carbon emissions are almost four times the UN’s recommended level, the country should use energy more efficiently and make efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, James said.

Taiwan’s per-capita carbon emissions are higher than those of Japan, South Korea and China, the ECCT said.

Eighteen European companies and consultants from Taiwan, along with the German Trade Office Taipei and the European Economic and Trade Office, plan to engage local businesses, the public and policymakers to facilitate efforts toward the cause.

An exhibition and a day long conference were held by the chamber to introduce new solutions and technologies, as well as standards for carbon footprint assessments.

ECCT vice chairman Peter Weiss echoed James’ remarks, saying technologies were now available to reduce emissions substantially across industries.

“We have to act today to introduce the latest state-of-the-art technologies to reduce our carbon dioxide footprint,” he said.

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