A carbon neutral future: Can Taiwan get there?


The European Union is considering a carbon border tax, and global investors are more focused on ESG and climate change than ever. How big of a challenge will it be for Taiwan to reach net zero emissions? What companies will be zero-carbon pioneers?

Climate change is affecting every aspect of life, from industrial development and manufacturing to electricity use, transportation and even the food on our dinner tables.

The threat it poses has sparked urgent appeals for a transition to a net-zero emissions world, including by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” published earlier this year. Gates sized up the enormous challenge: reducing the 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases emitted every year on average to zero by 2050 to avoid a crisis.

Where do these emissions come from? According to Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a coalition of private investors founded by Gates that invests in innovative low-carbon startups around the globe, the main sources of these emissions are manufacturing (31 percent), electricity generation (27 percent), agriculture (19 percent), transportation (16 percent), and buildings (7 percent).

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Baseload Capital announces that its subsidiary, Baseload Power Japan has officially begun its fourth geothermal power operation.

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開發地熱發電 宜花東潛力旺

運轉過程幾無碳排、無水資源耗損的地熱發電,是近年熱門的再生能源之一,台灣位在太平洋板塊火環帶,具開發優勢,東部發展的潛能是全台之最,其中宜蘭、台東地熱發電已實際運轉,花蓮卻因部落族人多次抗議,開發廠商除配合部落生活習慣,調整作業時間,耗時1年半的溝通協調,直到去年底才完成開發第一階段鑿井探勘,進程較慢。 萬榮鄉紅葉部落是花蓮縣第一件地熱開發案,工研院研究指出,當地初估蘊藏16MW(百萬瓦)的地熱潛能,瑞典商倍速羅得公司2019年選定作為開發案場。 Read the full article at >> China Times
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