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The 4th UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue Expanding bilateral cooperation for a net zero future

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The UK Taipei office and the Department of Economic Affairs’ Energy Office co-hosted the fourth UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue on July 5 to discuss ports for the offshore wind industry, biomass energy and pathways to net zero by 2050. The dialogue brought together John Dennis, Representative to the UK Taipei Office and WANG Mei-Hua, Minister for Economic Affairs, and was chaired by Julie Scott , head of energy diplomacy of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and YU Cheng-Wei, director general of the Bureau of Energy (BOE). The participants reached an agreement to cooperate on a common project for the development of offshore wind ports.

John Dennis, representative in the UK office in Taipei, said:

I am delighted that our fourth Energy Dialogue has produced another rich series of discussions on our partnership as we work together towards a net zero future. Since the last dialogue, it has been great to see Taiwan release its net zero roadmap and take steps to enshrine its goals in law. Our growing partnership is perhaps most evident in offshore wind, where we now have 36 UK companies established here in Taiwan to support the development of the sector as it rightly aims to become a hub for the region. I am sure that the joint project agreed here will further deepen our already strong cooperation on energy and climate change.

WANG Mei-Hua, Minister of Economic Affairs, said:

To combat climate change, we announced the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. We also released “Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050” in March this year, which includes 12 strategies specific and increases the share of renewable energy in the energy mix as one of the key strategies. Taiwan and the UK have common goals of continued development of low-carbon energy and achieving net zero emissions. I hope the two sides will continue to exchange views in the energy field in the future.

Julie Scott, Head of Energy Diplomacy at BEIS, said:

I welcome the opportunity to co-chair the fourth UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue with Director General YU Cheng-Wei of the Office of Energy, and to welcome Taiwan Power’s upcoming mission to UK later this year, including a visit to Drax Power Station. I am convinced that we can further strengthen bilateral collaboration on sustainable biomass energy, building on the links established through this dialogue.

YU Cheng-Wei, General Manager of BOE also said:

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants from both sides for sharing your perspective and experience during the meeting. I am pleased to see the progress of the joint Taiwan-UK research project on reducing carbon emissions and the guidance given by both parties for Taiwan’s path to net zero emissions by 2050. also expect to see that both parties can work together to create mutual benefits while moving towards a net zero transition.

During the dialogue, the UK Department for International Trade and BVG Associates described the crucial role port infrastructure has played in the development of the UK’s offshore wind sector. UK ports are continually evolving to meet supply chain needs and meet the UK’s ambitious renewable energy generation targets. The participants reached agreement on a joint project to support the long-term development of Taiwan’s port infrastructure.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shared UK experience and best practice in the sustainable use of biomass as part of the transition away from coal. Taiwan Power Company has shared its assessment of the future of biomass in Taiwan and will make a follow-up visit to the UK to leverage UK expertise in the sector.

UK’s Energy System Catapult then highlighted the importance of floating offshore wind and grid transformation while providing an update on Catapult’s progress in developing scenarios for Taiwan’s pathways. towards net zero. In the ensuing discussion, the UK Taipei Office proposed a joint research project exploring further policies and technologies to improve grid resilience.