As seen from the UNFCCC negotiations, domestic and foreign policy trends and global
economy recovery, it is clear that countries around the world are accelerating the promotion of the Green New Deal, and development of clean energy technologies, in order to create green business opportunities. This project has been followed the developed trends and related strategies subsequent the Paris Agreement negotiation processes of the UNFCCC. The contents of this project are included legal basis along with multi aspect strategies of sectoral mitigation, market mechanism, education propagation, and international collaboration to further cross link achievements of governmental ministries and industrial technologies for promoting key master plans and leading Taiwan towards a low carbon society. All scheduled tasks for this project have been completed per request. The detailed project task progresses are listed as below:
1. Analyze the legal issues and follow the development of financial, technical and capacity
building mechanisms associated with the Paris Agreement, and propose recommendations
on how to deal with such developments. The project has completed the research topics under the UNFCCC with working groups of “legislation and translation” and “technology and finance”, has also completed 3 expert meetings, respectively. The research topics are including the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, negotiation progresses of APA and SB meetings, pre-2020 climate action ambitions, the Warsaw international mechanism of loss and damage, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), legal basis study, financial mechanism and implementation practices, technical framework and technology transfer approaches, etc. The project also further discussed feasible policy suggestion after the Paris Agreement entry into force in 2016.
2. Assist Taiwan EPA participates in relative meetings and activities to the UNFCCC, and
establish collaboration and communication opportunities. The Taiwan EPA organized main ministries and related administrative departments as Taiwan delegation to participate in the UNFCCC activities. The project has assisted Taiwan EPA to convene a COP22/CMP12 delegation preparation meeting on 23 August, 30 Sept, and 28 Oct to discuss details for delegation assembly, registration procedures, flight and accommodation arrangement, exhibition booth and joint side events’ design and application. The personnel of this project have participated in Bonn SB44 climate conference in Germany in May 2016 (including SBI44, SBSTA44 and APA1). The personnel of this project are scheduled to participate in COP22/CMP12/CMA1 meetings in November, 2016, Marrakech, Morocco. In this meeting, the Paris Agreement has formally entry into force. Following negotiation progresses, the project proactively seeks global society support to Taiwan’s meaningful participation on the UNFCCC. Regarding to the topics of environment, climate change, energy security and national development, the project assists Taiwan EPA to seek possible cooperation opportunities with international institutions.
3. Promote contacts and networking with important NGOs, establish channels of communications, and enhance space for substantive participation of the UNFCCC activities.
The research task has accomplished the research and collected information of climate ＆ energy policy and stand in response to climate change in main countries or groups. After
completed the research, this project has convened 2 expert meetings for IPCC AR6 and 1.5
℃ issues and scientific acknowledge sharing. This project cooperated with international
important academia and research institutes on climate change issues, including IETA,
EBRD, Governments, Free University Berlin, Germanwatch, RINGO, and ICD, which makes Taiwan position into a flexible role in future UNFCCC negotiation development through COP22 side event participation or bilateral activities. The project has analyzed the latest climate change research development information by international organizations for governmental decision makers, which keeps Taiwan on the track of the trend on green energy technology, technology transfer, green finance, INDC, and technology creation, etc. The project was attempting to link climate action collaboration with developing countries and other international organizations under the incubation mechanism as public and private partnership (PPP).
4. Participate in 2016 International Symposium on Climate Change, and develop cooperation
relationship for innovative international partnership initiative. The project organized and participated in the 2016 International Symposium on Climate Change: Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change on 30~31 May, 2016, in Brugge, Belgium. The event help constructing a communication platform for governmental representatives and experts for climate change information sharing. Through conference discussion results, the Taiwan EPA will have an opportunity to conduct commitments under the Paris Agreement through domestic management mechanism, international collaboration mechanism and partnership relationship. Meanwhile, the project would like to enhance the international collaboration contribution through mitigation and adaptation technologies, capacity building and policy consultation developed by Taiwan for developing countries which need assistance.
5. Promotion climate change assessment tools and building of such capacity, and strengthen
international promotion of Taiwan’s climate programs. The development of UNFCCC to the global climate change issues involves to various professional fields; it needs long-term research and analysis to fully follow tasks under the convention’s regulations. It also helps us prevent possible misunderstanding and propose feasible solutions. This project is a communication platform for Taiwan participation in the UNFCCC. The collected information is including latest progress of the UNFCCC and Taiwan’s efforts on tackling climate change that will be shared to the public. The project analyzed international infographics study for information and visualized graphics in scientific presentation purposes and integrated assessment models for climate change big data, climate change policies and mobile data services, etc. The project also further updated the “Towards UNFCCC – Taiwan is willing to contribute to global community” website in both Chinese and English versions. The project is also planning to publish propagation materials either in paper or electronic (installed in flash drives) styles during the UNFCCC COP22 meeting.