By collecting the related information of climate change strategies in Mainland China and holding “The 4th Cross-Strait Climate Change Conference”, this project brought up experience exchange and expanded cooperative opportunities with Mainland China. The conference contingent of Taiwan was led by Shu-Hung Shen, director-general of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), with 47 experts from the government, industry and academic, participated in the conference and academic visits in Mainland China from 19th to 25th, May, 2013. During the conference, participators from both sides discussed and exchanged opinions on four subjects including (1)Establishing low carbon and green cities, (2)Low carbon technologies in industries, (3)Technologies and practices in meteorological monitoring and early warning (4)New energy.
In the conclusion of the roundtable discussion, the cross-strait cooperation will be promoted with four levels (policy, technology, industry, and city) and five subjects (low carbon cities, low carbon strategies in industries, green economic tools, early warning of climate change, and civic consciousness). After the roundtable, we invited experts to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of five subjects to seek out potential cooperated projects which were suitable for Taiwan, and drew up the roadmap to promote cross-strait cooperation. Therefore, cross-strait cooperated projects in various subjects could be practiced gradually.
The suggested cooperated projects which can be started in soon include:
1. Strengthen the existing industry exchange and explore more cooperative opportunities under the pilot of this project (EPA in Taiwan and National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) in Mainland China).
2. Establish the communication between CDM & Carbon Credit Management Alliance (Taiwan) and Low-carbon Industry Alliance (Mainland China).
3. Prepare a team to discuss the technology of the carbon emission management standard with “Committee of Carbon Emission Management Standard Technology” in Mainland China.
4. Establish the “GHG Group” as a branch under “Cross-Strait Agreement on Cooperation in Respect of Standards, Metrology, Inspection and Accreditation”.
5. Prepare a team to discuss methodologies for greenhouse gas reductions with National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) in NDRC.
6. Cooperate to develop carbon inventory/GHG reduction methodologies of cities, and promote carbon disclosures of industries.
7. Recognize performances and professional engineer license of environmental service industries (ex: ESCO) mutually.
8. Promote the communication between non-governmental organizations in Taiwan (ex: GreTai Securities Market) and China Emission Exchanges in Mainland China.
9. Extend the exchange of cross-strait low-carbon cities, and sign up cross-strait community cooperation agreement.