Slightly improving its ranking to rank 57 in the CCPI 2021, Chinese Taipei, with a very low overall rating, remains in the bottom five of the Climate Change Performance Index.
Unimproved, the country receives very low ratings in the GHG emissions category, the Renewables category and the Energy Use category. Chinese Taipei ranges among the bottom three countries in both GHG Emissions and in Renewable Energy.
The overall improved performance is rooted in a slightly improved assessment of the country’s Climate policy efforts by national climate experts. It should, however, be noted that this is a relative improvement, given that according to experts’ assessment, Chinese Taipei still performs low when it comes to National climate mitigation policies. Its weak 2030 GHG emission reduction target, which is not aligned with the latest IPCC report, sets the tone of the overarching deficits that can be seen in the country’s climate policy. It is, moreover, criticized by experts that the country is lacking a long-term energy plan including a coal phase-out. Experts are concerned that as long as governmental bodies, like the Ministry of Economic Affairs, emphasize that Chinese Taipei will not eliminate coal power, the impact of recent positive policies, e.g. on Renewable Energy, will remain negligible.
The following national expert(s) agreed to be mentioned as contributor(s) for this year’s CCPI: Ying-Shih Hsieh (Environmental Quality Protection Foundation), Gloria Kuang-Jung HSU (Mom Loves Taiwan Association), Robin Winkler (Wild at heart Legal Defence Association).
Disclaimer: In the case of Chinese Taipei, we use the name that is internationally agreed upon by both the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and what is formerly known as the Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan. The CCPI team contains itself from any further positioning in related geopolitical contexts.