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BTCO launching ‘low carbon’ seminars

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) yesterday announced a “UK-Taiwan Partnering Towards Low Carbon Economy” program that will bring 30 British speakers to share their expertise in promoting a low-carbon economy.

Eight seminars will be held from today until the end of November, covering topics such as adapting to climate change, green house gas management, carbon trading, offshore wind and marine energy, energy efficiency, ecocities and sustainable transport.

“We believe the transition to a low-carbon economy is really going to touch on every aspect of society and economy, and the series of events will be covering a wide range of subjects,” said David Campbell, the trade office’s director.

“The UK is legally bound to create a low-carbon economy. That means tremendous opportunities for low-carbon business across the board,” Campbell said.

It it is estimated that renewable energy could provide between 30 percent and 45 percent of the UK’s energy by 2030, he said.

“Already, the UK’s low-carbon environmental goods and services market is the sixth in the world, now worth 117 billion pounds [US$189.3 billion] and employing nearly 1 million people in the UK,” he said.

“We believe this will grow fast over the coming years,” he said.

The speakers will include policymakers, policy implementers and people with commercial expertise, not just in the UK, but in projects all around the world, who will share their expertise and experience and will also be keen to learn about the challenges and opportunities in Taiwan, he said.

A key feature of the program was a partnership with Taiwanese organizations, he said.

With the UK the largest single market for offshore wind energy in the world, the UK’s expertise in offshore wind and marine energy can be shared with Taiwan, as it has a development plan of establishing a low-carbon island in Penghu.

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