High-ranking Taiwanese delegation visits PIK

09/16/2014 – During a recent visit to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Minister of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wei Kuo-yen, was briefed on the latest climate change research findings. The 14-member delegation included the Representative of the Taipei Office in Germany, Agnes Hwa-Yue Chen, her deputy Klement Gu and scientists from leading Taiwanese universities and business representatives. During his discussion with the group, PIK Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber acknowledged the influence of the island, "What Taiwan does for climate change matters."
High-ranking Taiwanese delegation visits PIK
EPA Minister Wei Kuo-yen, PIK Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Representative of the Taipei Office in Germany Agnes Hwa-Yue Chen (l. to r.). Photo: Chang/PIK

A trained geologist who has had a distinguished career in science, Wei stressed that dealing with issues such as climate change should not be put off. "Taiwan will be shaping its energy policy next year," he added. Key issues include the reduction of pollutants and greenhouse gases as well as the strengthening of education in relevant areas. Taiwan seeks to promote academic exchange over the next few years. Schellnhuber welcomed this suggestion saying that "there are many ways for us to work together, such as scientific exchange." Initiatives like Climate-KIC (Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community) may also offer additional opportunities for collaborations. Climate KIC focuses on forging partnerships in research, business and technology to help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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