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Taiwan-China climate talks constructive: ex-UNFCCC official
Taipei, March 20 (CNA)
"I hope that there would be opportunities for more engagement, including more formal engagement, because I think this country really can lead by example," Yvo de Boer told CNA after delivering a keynote speech at the Acer CSR (corporate social responsibility) forum.
De Boer, however, noted the difficulty Taiwan has in trying to join the international community.
"The problem is, of course, that in the context of the framework of conventional climate change, Taiwan is not recognized as a country," he said.
For years, Taiwan has been requesting official participation in large international organizations amid protests from China. The World Health Assembly is one of the few organizations that have allowed Taiwan's entry, albeit as an observer.
De Boer said he was optimistic about the outcome of the increased interaction on climate change between Beijing and Taipei. "The relationship has been evolving over time," he added.
Asked what suggestions he would give to Taiwan on its pursuit of a green economy, de Boer pointed to greater public awareness of energy issues. He noted that energy prices in Taiwan are relatively low compared with other countries.
"Unfortunately in life, if something is cheap, we tend not to respect it," he said. "So I think making people more conscious of the value and importance of energy, including through prices, is very important."
Earlier in his speech, he outlined various ways in which the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry can help save costs and reduce carbon emissions.
For example, by using smart meters, India can cut power distribution losses and by decreasing transportation time, food supply can be delivered faster and more efficiently to various destinations around the world, he said.
"An economy that uses resources efficiently will have significant advantage in the future," said de Boer, who serves as KPMG's special global advisor in the area of climate change and sustainability.
De Boer, 57, has been involved in climate change policies since 1994, helping the European Union in the lead-up to the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol.
He is one of the international specialists invited to participate in the annual Acer CSR forum, which being held this year under the theme Green ICT, Green Energy.
Fumitoshi Terashima, vice president of Sanyo Energy, and Eugene Chien, chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, were among the other professionals at the one-day forum.
(By Nancy Liu)