An initiative of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
The ECCT spearheaded the Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) to showcase the best European low carbon solutions and practices across a broad range of industries, to raise awareness about sustainable development and promote the adoption
of low carbon solutions in order to help Taiwan to reduce its carbon emissions.
The LCI is endorsed and sponsored by companies and institutions that are members of the ECCT. LCI members have contributed to cover the costs of a small project office, the official launch of the LCI, which took the form of an Exhibition & Conference on 12
June 2012, and other project-based activities. Members have also committed their expertise to create a communication platform to exchange best practices and experiences with all stakeholders. Membership of the LCI is open to any member of the ECCT that is
willing to endorse the project in a pecuniary or non-pecuniary way.
Why the LCI was established
In the face of changing demographics, globalization, rapid urbanization and the consequent climate change, business as usual is no longer sustainable. The efficiency of the entire energy chain needs to be improved to shape a low carbon and sustainable future.
A holistic approach and actions are needed to reduce carbon emissions and achieve sustainability. This requires the joint efforts of government and industry.
Taiwan relies on imports for over 98% of its energy needs, primarily oil, coal, liquid natural gas and nuclear energy. Wind and solar energy account for less than 0.5% of total capacity. In 2011 the Taiwan government instituted an ambitious plan to return carbon
emission levels to 2005 levels by the year 2020 and to 2000 levels by 2025. Reducing emissions to reach these targets will require action on a number of fronts.
The LCI was created to demonstrate what leading multinational firms are doing to address sustainability challenges and help to promote low carbon solutions in Taiwan. The LCI aims to engage local business, policy-makers and the public to work together to meet
the targets set by the Taiwan government to lower carbon emissions and prepare companies to deal with rising energy costs.
Europe’s Drive to Sustainability
The European Union is a leading proponent of sustainability both in political and economic terms. The European Commission and the governments of the EU’s 27 member states have played a pioneering role in creating a political and legal framework to change their
way of doing business and lower carbon emissions. These go even further than reducing carbon emissions to levels set by the Kyoto Protocol guidelines. Successful examples are establishing regulations (2002/91/EC and 2006/32/EC) and the formulation of a European
strategy towards renewable energy targets (national renewable energy action plans formulated in June 2010) by 2020. The EU is actively communicating and partnering with countries outside the EU to build an alliance to fight climate change, reduce dependence
of fossil fuels and increase the efficiency of resources used for production and consumption. An example of this approach is the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (third countries can join this system and trade their carbon emissions with EU member states and companies).
Besides government activities, which go as far back as the 1970s, European companies have actively embraced and developed sustainable solutions. Sustainability is no longer something firms are just paying lip service to. It has become an integral part of the
way European firms do business. Nearly every leading company has integrated sustainability, “green” or low carbon solutions into their internal strategies and visions. They behave as responsible citizens and also promote their ideas among the ranks of their
employees, stakeholders and customers.
Promoting EU-Taiwan cooperation
The Taiwan government is aware of the leading role of EU nations and companies and has adopted many European approaches to sustainability.
For example, the government has copied aspects of the German renewable energy act, studied the UK’s building codes and the deployment of renewable energy in Denmark, to name a few examples. Local communities in Taiwan already recognize the importance of a local
strategy to decrease carbon emissions and pollution to improve the general quality of life. The central government is aware that the current path of industrial development is not sustainable and has put an extreme burden on government finances and also restricted
the competiveness of local companies. A large number of Taiwanese companies have also started their own sustainability or green technology programmes.
The LCI is the platform to move these local initiatives forward and match them with the European experience and strategies to the mutual benefit of European stakeholders in Taiwan, Taiwanese companies, the government and the general public.
The LCI arranges workshops, seminars and conferences aimed at sharing information, facilitating dialogue, promoting and implementing the best practices to achieve a low carbon society. Programmes are designed to attract the widest possible participation by
corporations, government and non-governmental organizations and the general public.
The Low Carbon Initiative has the following three platforms:
This platform focuses on promoting European standards to advance low carbon products, technology and solutions in Taiwan and plays a supportive role in the development of the relevant industries.
2) Best Practices
This platform show-cases the best practices of the ECCT’s LCI members in Taiwan, which represent a broad range of industries. By show-casing the best examples of low carbon solutions and engaging in interactive exchanges on best
practices, this platform aims to foster positive mutual collaboration with all stakeholders to speed up the implementation of the most effective low carbon solutions in Taiwan.
3) CSR & Education
This platform aims to raise awareness about low carbon solutions and educate the public about how to go about achieving a low carbon society. Its activities are designed to urge all stakeholders, including companies, their employees,
the government and the general public to embrace responsibility for their actions and take positive action to protect and reduce their impact on the environment.
LCI Steering Committee
The LCI is overseen by the LCI Steering Committee which ensures that all LCI activities are subject to the ECCT’s ethical and procedural standards. The steering committee includes the ECCT CEO, LCI Asst. Director, and four steering
committee members who are chosen from among the LCI members.
The LCI 2017 Steering Committee Members are (in alphabetical order):
Mr. Erdal Elver
President and CEO, SIEMENS Taiwan
Mr. Bart Linssen
Mr. Giuseppe Izzo
Managing Director, STMicroelectronics Taiwan
Mr. Bodo Kretzschmar
ManagerStrategic Projects Operational Excellence, TUV Rheinland
Managing Director, Enercon GmbH Taiwan
The Low Carbon Initiative was founded by members from private enterprises, government and other institutions. Each new LCI member is assigned to one of the 3 LCI platforms, Advocacy, Best Practices or CSR & Education upon joining
the LCI. Enquiries about joining the LCI should be made to LCI Assistant Director, Ms. Sammy Su at
2017 LCI Member Companies (in alphabetical order):
LCI Dedicated Staff
LCI, European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
For LCI membership and general inquiries, please contact:
Sammy Su, Assistant Director, ECCT LCI
Tel: +886-2-2740-0236 ext. 227
11F, 285 Zhongxiao E. Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei 10692