‘Our Minister for the Environment, Dr. Stephen Shen, presented a memorandum addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in hopes of having Taiwan become a party to the Clean Development Mechanism’. Asking Mr. Wang what the importance of this would be, he told us, that ‘should Taiwan be admitted, then greenhouse gas emissions reductions seen in its business’ foreign investments and its assistance programs in several Latin American countries could be counted as domestic cuts!’.
Mr. Wang explained EBR that ‘Taiwan would implement plans geared at the voluntary reduction of greenhouse gas emission. To meet the goals laid out in such plans, Taiwanese enterprises should be allowed to earn Certified Emission Reduction credits by gaining international certification and attracting foreign investment and technology.’
Taiwan hopes it can gain observership, using a similar format employed for its participation in the World Health Assembly, at both UN climate change conferences: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
‘In Copenhagen, the Taiwanese delegation will arrange bilateral meetings with the delegations of European countries, the US and Japan and work to have alternative energy technologies introduced to the country’, Mr. Wang let us know.