Preface

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and most of the observed increase in global average temperatures is very likely due to the unprecedented increases in atmospheric concentrations of global greenhouse gases (GHG) caused by human activities. Particularly in Asia, the current global economic development mover and manufacturing hub, the potential impact from climate change could cause potential turmoil in the global economy. The rise in the sea level would threaten the security of coastal cities in Asia, and the frequent occurrence of extreme climate conditions and the melting of alpine ice fields would also potentially impact Asia, which contains one third of the world’s population.

Subsequent to the Bali Conference at the end of 2007, several meetings of relevance to climate change negotiations were held before mid- 2008, including the climate change talks in Bangkok in April, and the G8 Hokkaido meeting in July. Through these negotiations, we can anticipate more viewpoints and efforts expressed by Asian countries for the post-2012 climate framework. Dr. Stephen Shu-Hung Shen, Minister of Taiwan EPA explicitly indicated an ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and established targets of at least 30% reduction based on businessas- usual (BAU) of the total GHG emission volume by 2020.

Furthermore, Taiwan is aggressively responding to the outcome of the Bali Action Plan with respect to mitigation through implementing measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) actions. As this vision will be jointly promoted by the government and the private sector, this booklet aims to share the experiences on the MRV aspect of emissions reduction efforts in Taiwan.

imageIn coping with the development of UNFCCC, Taiwan has published the First National Communication in 2002 with climate change response policy and measures, which are currently under implementation. The Second National Communication will be published in 2010, detailing the achievements from the implemented policy and measures that respond to global climate change. In this booklet, we wish to address Taiwan's actions in response to climate change and how we wish to work with the international community to address one of the most pressing environmental problems in the 21st century.