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Green+ Together 2017 Taiwan Sustainability Summit as German-Taiwan Cooperation accelerates Taiwan’s energy transformation Date:2017-08-09

Left to Right: Mr. Klaus Mindrap, German Parliamentarian and Environment Committee Member、Mr. Erdal Elver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Ltd., Taiwan、Mr. Cedrik Neike, Siemens Board member、Ms. Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella, The Deputy Representative of the German Institute Taipei、Mr. Axel Limberg, The Director of the German Trade Office Taipei (AHK Taiwan)、Ambassador Dr. Eugene Chien, TAISE Chairman

The Summit extended invitations to Executive Yuan Minister without Portfolio, Cheng-Chung Wu, National Development Commission Deputy Chairman Ming-Hsin Kung, German Parliamentarian and Environment Committee Member, Klaus Mindrap, and other distinguished guests, to share about clean energy technologies and policy directions, as critical keys to achieving energy transformation. The moderated portion of the Summit was led by TAISE Chairman Eugene Chien, along with Vice Minister Wei-Fu Yang, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Siemens Board member Cedrik Neike, and Tung Keung Chiang, Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong,for a broad ranging, in-depth discussion of strategies and recommendations for stable supply of green energy. Chairman Chien noted that is just starting a new era in green energy, and in the past 3 years the entire world has made substantial investments in green energy, with alternative energy investments exceeding those in fossil fuel, attaining US$280 billion, with the developing nations making more substantial contributions than the developed nations, indicating that the green energy industry offers Taiwan unlimited opportunities.

This year’s Summit enjoyed the presence of numerous domestic and international dignitaries sharing their perspectives. Erdal Elver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Ltd., Taiwan, noted: “Siemens will continue to endeavor from the perspective of industrial applications of specialized technology to help realize and make contributions to Taiwan’s energy transformation.” The Deputy Representative of the German Institute Taipei, Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella, remarked: “Taiwan and Germany enjoy very fruitful and close discussions on energy transformation policies, with extensive, frequent exchange between experts and government, which no doubt will help Taiwan to find optimal solutions to the challenges it faces”. The Director of the German Trade Office Taipei (AHK Taiwan), Axel Limberg, further commented: “Taiwan and Germany both emphasize innovation, and the two are working hand in hand to unleash unlimited inchoate potential, with alternative energy as the basis for realizing energy transformation”. Ambassador Eugene Chien, TAISEChairman emphasized that: “Taiwan and German cooperation are essential to accelerating Taiwan’s energy transformation”.

As the Summit came to a close, the event organizers, Deputy Representative of the German Institute Taipei, Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella, and Director of the German Trade Office Taipei (AHK Taiwan), Axel Limberg, expressed the six major Summit themes:
1. The integration of comprehensive government, public and technological strategies is essential to achieving energy transformation.
2. Energy security and safety are fundamental requirements for industry and the economy.
3. Alternative energy is the critical key to successful energy transformation, but traditional gas powered generation is also an essential aspect.
4. Stable and smart power grids are the required basic energy infrastructure for success in energy transformation.
5. Taiwan’s public sector must integrate climate resources, create an ideal investment environment, foster private sector corporate investments and technological research and development.
6. Comprehensive enhancement of the entire energy supply chain efficiency will foster conservation of natural resources.

Energy transformation is essential to Taiwan’s future social and economic development, and all those present at the Summit expressed a consensus that during the interim it is necessary to maintain reliable power supplies, to ensure normal operations of industry and economic activities. At the same time, there should be harmonization with global environmental technologies, smart technology and solutions, to assiduously endeavor to achieve energy transformation plan objectives, in the hope of assuring Taiwan’s economy and environmental ecology enjoy sustainable development.

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