taiwan.pngTaiwan is a different country: they do things differently there. The Republic of China, has stolen a lead over its bigger mainland rival, the PRC, by committing to hard targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Taiwanese government has outlined targets to cut the island's emissions by 20% below 2006 levels by 2025, and by 60% by 2050. It will also introduce a carbon trading scheme.

The targets and measures are roughly comparable to those being considered in developed countries, although such reductions fall short of recommendations by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 25% to 40 % cuts by industrialised nations by 2020.

In stark contrast, mainland China has so far refused to entertain the concept of binding targets for emission reductions, arguing that it would hinder the mainland economy's growth.

To be sure, Taiwan's economy is much smaller and much more advanced than that of its mainland rival and in the global league table of CO2 emissions, Taiwan comes a lowly 22nd position.

But as carbonpositive notes, Taiwan's manufacturing-based economy is not too dissimilar to the economic growth zones just across the water in mainland China.

Although I suspect this could be one of the issues on which the mainland political leaders prefer to discretely drop their “One China” policy, which argues Taiwan is in integral part of the PRC.

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