With a view to launch a low carbon society in Taiwan by 2050, the Executive Yuan
ratified the Sustainable Energy Policy Guide in 2008. Taiwan is now committed to
reduce CO2 emission back to its 2005 level by 2020. Then, back to the 2000 level by
2025, and finally achieving 50% of 2000 level by 2050. In addition, the EPA abiding by
the Copenhagen Accord to summit Taiwanese NAMAs to the UNFCCC in 2010.
Energy efficiency is finally a common sense term. Nowadays almost everyone knows that using energy more efficiently saves money, reduces the emissions of greenhouse gasses and lowers dependence on imported fossil fuels. We are living in a fossil age at the peak of its strength. Competition for securing resources for fuelling economic development is increasing, price of fuels will increase while availability of would gradually decline.
This report presents an overview of the field of building engineering physics
and identifies opportunities for developments that will benefit society as a
whole, as well as employers, universities, professional engineering institutions
and in particular professionals who are following careers with building
engineering physics as the basis. The report makes key recommendations for
Government policy, academic and industry research directions and professional
development in the field to achieve the skill levels necessary to deliver mass
market low carbon buildings.
European society and the European economy do not yet exploit the full potential for resource
efficiency. Much recyclable waste is either exported or sent to landfill. A lack of long-term
frameworks holds back planning and investment, most obviously on a climate and energy
framework beyond 2020, but also on long term sustainable use of key resources such as air,
soil, energy, water, fish and biomass. At the same time, such frameworks can help to
galvanise the innovation needed to exploit the potential of the transition to a low-carbon
economy in areas like transport, energy and agriculture....
The engineering profession must adapt to the new low carbon paradigm well
ahead of society as a whole in order to provide the necessary leadership in
design and the direction of policy. The professional engineering institutions
and trade associations must all recognise a multi-disciplinary, problem solving
approach that over-turns conventional partisan relationships and embraces a
systemic approach to construction. All contributors to construction projects
must be prepared to provide leadership in their area of expertise, but work
with others to link knowledge across existing boundaries.
Investing in infrastructure and innovation will be crucial for ensuring new sources of growth that
better reflect the full value to economic activity to society. OECD analysis shows that greener growth can
deliver important economic gains. These can be realised through enhanced resource productivity, reduced
waste and energy consumption, and from ensuring that natural resources are priced to reflect their true