Taiwan, Germany forge cooperation links in energy transition

Taiwan and Germany signed a joint declaration of intent on cooperation in the field of energy transition in Taipei Wednesday to strengthen cooperative efforts on related issues.

The Bureau of Energy (BOE) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs documented the signing in a statement, in which it attributed the formation of the cooperation relationship to the success of two Taiwan-Germany energy transition forums held in Taipei over the past two years.

In the statement, the bureau said that “the Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Energy Transition will realize and strengthen bilateral cooperation on energy transition issues, including knowledge- and experience-sharing on policies, management, energy technologies, and the promotion of clean energy.”

The BOE said active communication with the German Institute in Taipei, which represents German interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties, allowed the two sides to be able to successfully co-host the two energy forums in Taiwan, facilitating bilateral dialogue and knowledge-sharing in the energy field.

The 2016 Germany-Taiwan Energy Transition Forum took place Dec. 8, in which Hans-Joachim Ziesing, a member of the Independent German Expert Commission on the “Energy of the Future” Monitoring Process, shared his experience in promoting Germany’s electricity market liberalization and energy transition, the bureau said.

At the forum, two other German experts shared with Taiwan the latest developments in clean energy and energy storage technologies in their country, as well as their roles and tasks in energy transition, the BOE added.

The joint declaration of intent was signed by Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉), Taiwan’s representative to Germany, and German Institute Director-General Martin Eberts, and was witnessed by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Wu (吳志中) and Secretary-General of Ministry of Economic Affairs Chen Yi-ling (陳怡鈴).

“This Germany-Taiwan Joint Declaration of Intent is the first joint declaration in the field of energy signed in Taiwan between the two sides, and signals the closeness and escalation of our bilateral partnership,” the statement said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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