Taiwan Places Fifth to Last in Environmental Evaluation 台灣氣候評比列後段班 藍委籲派員溝通

Taiwan ranks 60th out of 64 countries in the annual Climate Change Performance Index released by NGO Germanwatch by citing wrong data. A lawmaker says the EPA should demand an apology.


Germanwatch ranked Taiwan fifth from last in this year's Climate Change Performance Index. Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration says it informed Germanwatch that its data was wrong and it needed to make corrections two to three days before the report was published. The EPA says it was ignored by Germanwatch and Taiwan will refuse to participate in future evaluations.

Chang Tzi-chin, Environmental Protection Minister: “If you keep doing whatever you want and using the wrong data to criticize us, then we will simply withdraw from your evaluation.”

According to the EPA, Taiwan ranked fifth from last because Germanwatch undercounted the island's population by at least three million and aggrandized Taiwan's carbon emissions. The EPA also says Germanwatch rejected its past invitations to visit Taiwan. In response to a suggestion that it should ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to use diplomatic channels to communicate with Germanwatch, the EPA said Germanwatch is a civic organization and it has always been able to contact the group directly in the past.

Chen Yu-jen, Legislator (KMT): “You haven't gotten a sincere response from them yet?”
Chang Tzi-chin, Environmental Protection Minister: “That's right. ”
Chen Yu-jen, Legislator (KMT): “What is our German representative doing? Apart from his dramatics over the national flag, does he do anything on our behalf? Are our foreign affairs agencies doing anything to help the EPA?” 


The EPA says Germanwatch's evaluation mechanisms are flawed, citing the example of TSMC's carbon emissions being counted as part of Taiwan's emissions. According to the EPA, TSMC supplies products all over the world, and its emissions should not be counted as part of Taiwan's emissions. In addition, it said Taiwan suffered in the per-capita emission category because it has a very small population compared to, for example, India. In response, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Su Chiao-hui called on the EPA to demand a retraction from Germanwatch.

Su Chiao-hui, Legislator (DPP): “You can't beat someone up on a road and then apologize to them in an alley. You have to publicly issue a correction and publish our real figures.”

Many lawmakers shot down the EPA's plan to withdraw from future evaluations, saying the government should be more persistent and do a better job of communicating with international organizations. Meanwhile, DPP lawmakers called on the EPA to explain to the Taiwanese public that the government isn't doing as poor a job of reducing carbon emissions as the world thinks.

 

 

 

 

國際環團「德國看守協會」年年都在氣候峰會中,公布各國氣候變遷績效指標CCPI。環保署表示,已在公布兩三天前就告知,該組織還是使用錯誤資料評比我國,也不更正,正在評估若對方仍無改善,往後將不參加。

環保署長張子敬表示:「如果你還是我行我素、老是用錯的資料來評比我們,那我們就考慮我們不參與。」

此次評比台灣排名60、倒數第5,環保署不滿國內人口數被少算300萬,碳排減少卻被說是增加,過去曾邀請該組織來台,但遭拒絕。國民黨立委陳玉珍指出,環保署應循外交管道溝通,但環保署表示,該組織是民間團體,多年來都能直接溝通。

國民黨立委陳玉珍在質詢中問及:「溝通還沒有得到完全善意的回應嗎?」

環保署長張子敬回應:「沒錯。」

陳玉珍質疑:「可見駐德代表在做什麼呢?除了看到國旗吐血以外,有沒有幫我們外交單位、有沒有幫我們環保署,好好的再努力的溝通啊?」

環保署認為評比機制有問題,像台積電產品供應全球,但碳排卻算在台灣帳上,每人平均排放量表現當然輸給人口較多的印度。民進黨立委蘇巧慧要求環保署,應請該組織正式更正錯誤。

民進黨立委蘇巧慧表示:「不能大街打人、小巷道歉,你這一次的更改要非常公開的,把我們的數值、評比再次的羅列出來。」

針對環保署考慮以後不參加評比,不少立委認為國際參與很重要,對外還是建議持續溝通,不要輕言放棄;執政黨立委則希望環保署對內要對民眾說清楚,國內減碳工作沒有做得這麼差。

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