Siemens to help enhance Taiwan's energy sustainability
By Kathryn Chiu, The China Post
July 17, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwan Sustainability Summit was recently held in Taipei, where Siemens Taiwan suggested energy transition strategies for Taiwan and shared Germany's experience in tackling energy and environmental issues.
Siemens Taiwan, the German Institute Taipei, the German Trade Office Taipei, the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research and Global Views Monthly jointly organized the "Green + Together" Taiwan Sustainability Summit 2014 to address energy issues facing Taiwan.
President Ma Ying-jeou was invited to deliver a keynote speech. In-depth discussions on a green economy and low-carbon strategies were held, revolving around themes involving environmental sustainability, the development of energy sources and an eco-friendly economy.
This year's summit focused on Germany's experience in energy transition and pooling the thoughts of the participants on energy transition and the sustainable development of energy in Taiwan. Germany has been a leader in tackling energy and environmental issues, determining how to best achieve a balance between economic, environmental and social sustainability considerations in its energy policies.
"A diverse energy mix is the key for energy transition and a sustainable energy future. Renewable energy and low-carbon power generation have become global trends, with Siemens having participated in Germany's 'Energiewende' experience," Siemens Taiwan President and Chief Executive Officer Erdal Elver said.
"We are committed to engage in cooperation with Taiwan's stakeholders, providing innovative thinking and technology as Taiwan pursues the sustainable development of energy." Elver added.
Siemens Ltd. Taiwan, the German Institute Taipei, the German Trade Office Taipei, and the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy unveiled seven core statements, aiming to strengthen the cooperation among Taiwan's public, academic and industrial sectors to create a pathway for energy transition and a sustainable energy future.
These seven core statements included: increasing the deployment of renewable energy is the global trend; a diverse energy mix is the key for a successful energy transition and a sustainable energy future; enhancing energy efficiency in industrial, transportation and building sectors is of crucial importance; analyzing the entire life-cycle cost of mega energy projects maximizes economic advantages for the society of Taiwan; the principle of risk diversification ensures sustainable energy supply; technological innovations are the strongest lever to reduce greenhouse emissions; and cities play the leading role in reducing energy consumption and carbon emission.