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Post-COP24 Seminar, Experts from Various Fields Analyze the Latest Trends Date:2018-12-23
Figure 1, Group picture of Chairman of TAISE Ambassador Eugene Chien (center), Secretary General Yuh-Ming Lee of CCS (third from left), Deputy Secretary General Alex Shyy of International Cooperation and Development Fund (third from right) and other speakers
 
In order to provide the latest information on the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 24) to tie nation’s citizens and share the latest knowledge about global carbon reduction strategies, the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) and Center for Corporate Sustainability (CCS) jointly held Post-COP24 Seminar -   Changing Together at The Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs on Friday, December 21 and invited Chairman of TAISE Ambassador Eugene Chien, Deputy Dean Yang Ku of Taiwan Research Institute, Secretary General Yuh-Ming Lee of CCS, Senior Director Christine Chiang of HPE, Deputy Executive Director Wim Chang of Delta Electronics Foundation, Deputy Secretary General I-Chan Cheng of Environmental Quality Protection Foundation, Deputy Secretary General Alex Shyy of International Cooperation and Development Fund, Manager Delia Yeh of Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service Foundation to share their observations and understanding from taking part in COP24. They hoped that the industry, government, academia, research and civil society can advance with the time together and get prepared to cope with trends in the future. Around 80 persons were present in the seminar and the atmosphere was quite a heated one.
 
Ambassador Eugene Chien expressed in his speech that the changes of political environment in each country can be said to be of one climax after another in the past three years that include Donald’s Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Brexit, and the latest yellow vest movement. These situations made COP24 very uncertain before it started and even when it was in progress. What makes up happy is that the Rulebook, the implementation details, for the Paris Agreement was finally ratified by the 197 attending countries. What is different from the original version is that the whole world will use a unified standard to measure emissions of greenhouse gases and that with reference to each nation’s climate policy, the same rules shall be enacted  for developed and developing countries. With the enactment of the details, the next focus would be on the difficult task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What climate action needs is not only from regulation enactment from the central government only, but also more of the actions from businesses and common people.
 
Besides sharing the application process for the year’s side events and the experience of diplomatic negotiations, Secretary General Yuh-Ming Lee of CCS also summarized 4 important observations about COP24 on the development of the Paris Agreement. First, with interventions from the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia on the IPCC special report, the attending representatives reached a concession and only expressed “appreciation and gratitude” in the special report. Second, two of the COP Presidents urged again the Talanoa spirit raised by the COP23 host country for each country’s groups to actively engage in the Talanoa Dialogue and that each country shall not blame each other in the negotiations and trust each other and focus more on the common interest. Third, passing most of the Paris Agreement work programme and finally the Katowice Package. Those four are important developments and spirits in promoting the Paris Agreement in the future.
 
On the other hand Alex Shyy of International Cooperation and Development Fund shared his experiences in providing a financing platform for developing countries and promoting transnational cooperation to explain the importance of cities and other subnational organizations on the issue of climate change. But he also emphasized that in promoting the Paris Agreement, apart from the role of the nation, what is needed more is cooperation within the private sector.   Involvement in fighting climate warming by businesses not only can energize the market and create huge business operations, creating a market mechanism is even more of the task of climate action.
 
Deputy Secretary General I-Chan Cheng used Climate Education – An Ark in Changing Situations as the topic to explain the true meaning of climate education in the era of the Paris Agreement lies in that the treaty parties shall cooperate in taking measures according to the condition and strengthen climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information and at the same time understand the importance of these steps on the actions adopted by the Agreement. Emphasis on the core of climate education shall be an all-seeing mentality and means of education that cover understanding the problem, reasoning, methods of solving problems, and appropriateness. As rights come along with obligations, and obligations connect to generations and sustainability. When there is conflict between the system and values, we should be willing to guard against change and face the challenges from the Anthropocene.
 
Director Wim Chang of Delta Electronics Foundation shared in the seminar on the distributed energy solutions (DERs) on display at COP24, on how Delta Electronics used corporate technologies to help cities introduce the more diverse renweable energy as the primary power source to promote energy transition and cope with the impact of extreme climate. Director Wim Chang even used a real-life case in his sharing. That is Delta Electronics and its Polish partners provided free fast charging stations for electric vehicles as well as electric buses as a concrete way of businesses solving climate issues for a city.
 
Manager Delia Yeh of Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service Foundation then used Sustainable Development for Cities and Corporate Innovation as the topic to point out that in low carbon strategies, smart cities and smart traffic have apparently become global trends. Using IT technologies to receive/monitor/analyze/manage and integrate city digital information to provide a living space better suited for the environment and the people can moreover prevent waste of unnecessary resources.
 
The general session was hosted by Christine Chiang of HPE and Deputy Dean Yang Ku of Taiwan Research Institute shared his view together with the speakers mentioned above. Deputy Dean Yang Ku expressed even though COP24 has some progress in promoting carbon reduction, yet objections and interventions from the US and Russia made the negotiations in the UN Climate Conference stagnant. Other countries like the UK and France became more conservative toward the Paris Agreement due to domestic issues and there was no breakthrough in the years high level meetings. But he still thought global carbon reduction is an existing trend and it is necessary to establish an effective and sustainable market mechanism to cope this trend in order to promote sustainable growth.
 
 
 

Figure 2, Secretary General Yuh-Ming Lee of CCS also summarizes some major observations of the development of the Paris Agreement in COP24
 
Figure 3,  Deputy Secretary General Alex Shyy of International Cooperation and Development Fund points out that in promoting the Paris Agreement, not only the role of the nation is needed, what is needed more is cooperation within the private sector.
Figure 4, Deputy Secretary General I-Chan Cheng uses Climate Education – An Ark in Changing Situations as the topic to explain the true meaning of climate education in the era of the Paris Agreement
 
 
Figure 5, Director Wim Chang of Delta Electronics Foundation shows distributed energy solutions (DERs)

Figure 6, Manager Delia Yeh uses Sustainable Development for Cities and Corporate Innovation as the topic to bring about low carbon strategies
 

       
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