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Remarks at the 2014 Workshop on Capacity Building of Regional Carbon Markets in Asia: Experiences from Europe

Vanessa Y.P. Shih
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of China (Taiwan)

June 25, 2014

Minister Wei, Mr. Laplanche, Distinguished speakers, moderators and participants of this workshop, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good morning!

It is an honor to join such a prominent group of experts for the start of this event. On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, I warmly welcome all of our distinguished guests from the EU and our regional neighbors to Taiwan. The issues that you will discuss during the two days of this event are crucial to the future of our region and our entire world. Thank you for generously sharing your valuable experience and knowledge with our local participants.

My government is keenly aware that the challenges of global warming and rising energy prices are inherently transnational in nature. Addressing such challenges requires international cooperation between sovereign states and non-governmental actors. Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be achieved through direct control and monitoring at the national government level and through tax measures. However, a well-functioning carbon market mechanism has proven to be a preferable alternative, as it makes “win-win” results achievable for both environmental protection and economic development.
As a key member and economic player in the Asia region, Taiwan recognizes the importance of coordinating efforts with its regional neighbors and global economic partners to build regional carbon market capacity. The EU is one of Taiwan’s key global trade and investment partners, and we have built a close and solid trade and economic relationship over the years. The Annual Consultation is one of the most important platforms for bilateral Taiwan-EU dialogue, as it allows both sides to effectively identify new opportunities for cooperation and resolve issues of mutual concern. Among these, climate change has been a prominent item for bilateral discussion. We are glad to see EU interest in our region’s efforts to build carbon market capacity, and look forward to learning from your experience regarding the advanced European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS).

This workshop will also feature sessions on carbon market developments in several of Taiwan’s neighbors throughout the region—the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam—as well as MRV (Measurable, Reportable, and Verifiable) practices and new market mechanisms. Its agenda underscores the necessary interdependence of regional and global players in identifying and implementing climate change solutions. Just as Taiwan cannot fully counteract the effects of global climate change on its own, the international community can only find effective total solutions when it can work in full concert within each region and region-to-region around the globe. This means that Taiwan has an important part to play in ensuring that this happens.

For example, the legally binding agreement that aims to replace the Kyoto Protocol is to be completed by 2015, and UNFCCC Parties are encouraged to submit their proposals regarding its various sections. The draft 2015 Agreement was already discussed at the meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2.5) in June, and is scheduled for further discussion and review at COP20 in early December of this year. According to the 2012 Key World Energy Statistics released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Taiwan is ranked as the world’s 20th largest CO2 emitter with 0.89% of the world total in 2010, as well as the world’s 20th largest emitter per capita. Taiwan’s meaningful participation in UNFCCC events such as COP20 would ensure that a major player in the global economy genuinely can be part of the solution.

We believe that non-Party actors should be involved in the Durban Platform, and urge the EU and the greater international community to support the inclusion of a separate category of “entity” amidst the “non-Party actors.” That accords with the spirit of regional and inter-regional cooperation that forms the basis of this workshop. It also is in the best interest of arriving at global solutions to the climate change challenges faced by the entire international community. In closing, I wish this workshop an extremely successful and productive set of sessions, and all of our distinguished participants good health and great success.

Thank you!