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An initiative of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
 
Introduction
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.
 
Background
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.
 
Programmes
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.  
 
Structure


The Low Carbon Initiative has the following three platforms and six categories:
1) Advocacy
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.     
4) Six categories
The LCI in 2017, based on Taiwan’s policy movement and the members’ core technologies and solutions, set up six categories under the existing 3 platform.  The six categories include: Green Energy, Green Mobility, Green Financing, Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, and Circular Economy.
    
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. Giuseppe Izzo
 Managing Director, STMicroelectronics Taiwan
 
 
 



 

 Mr. Bodo Kretzschmar
 ManagerStrategic Projects Operational Excellence, TUV Rheinland

 
 Mr. Bart Linssen
 Managing Director, Enercon GmbH Taiwan


Membership
The Low Carbon Initiative was founded by members from private enterprises, government and other institutions. Each LCI member is privileged to join and speak at the LCI programs and activities under the 3 platforms within the six categories.  Enquiries about joining the LCI should be made to LCI Director, Ms. Sammy Su at sammy.su@ecct.com.tw

2017 LCI Member Companies (in alphabetical order): 



 

LCI Dedicated Staff


  Sammy Su
  Director 
  LCI, European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan





Contact Us
For LCI membership and general inquiries, please contact:  
Sammy Su, Director, ECCT LCI 
sammy.su@ecct.com.tw
Tel:  +886-2-2740-0236  ext. 227 
11F, 285 Zhongxiao E. Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei 10692 

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