[Prof.Dr.Soo-Jin Park,Prof.Dr.Jae-Yeol Yee and Prof.Dr.Jung-Jae Park Visit to RSPRC]
Dr.Soo-Jin Park,Professor of Department of Geography in Seoul National University;Dr.Jae-Yeol Yee, Professor of Department of Sociology in Seoul National University and Dr.Jung-Jae Park, Professor of Department of Geography in Seoul National University. They visited RSPRC on February fifth 2018 and they had a pleasant conversation with driector Kuei-Tien Chou and members of RSPRC.
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Energy Transition in East Asia
[ East Asia Energy Transformation Forum: Challenges and Prospects for Energy Transformation in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea ]
The Forum was held by RSPRC on 19 of Oct. The forum invited the following speakers: Professor Koichi HASEGAWA, from Tohoku University in Japan, also the author of "Post-Nuclear Society," Professor Sun-Jin YUN from Seoul National University, who helps to drive the policy for next nuclear power plant in Seoul, and Professor Dowan KU, Director of Environment and Society Research Institute in Korea.
[ 2017 Social Assessment Impact Lecture Series ]
The lecture was held by RSPRC on 26 of Oct,2017. Prof. dr. F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay who is a well-known specialist of social assessment impact from University of Groningen, was invited to the lecture.
[ Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Peters Visit to RSPRC ]
Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Peters is the social scientist of Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Adjunct Professor of Freie Universität Berlin. He has long studied the formation of the scientific environment and public opinion in the media communication. He has as well as focused on the interaction between journalists and scientists and the impact of scientific knowledge on the public. Prof. Peters is a well-known German science communication specialist!
[ National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education(PIRE)'s Visit to RSPRC]
Prof. Everette Joseph and Prof. Terri Adams and other fellows of PIRE visited RSPRC on 22th March, 2017. They participated a forum held by RSPRC and Graduate Institute of National Development, NTU, that focus on climate change and disaster prevention.
[ Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn's Visit to RSPRC ]
Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, participated the First International KLASICA Case Study Symposium at NTU. Prof. Dr. Kuei-Tien Chou, the director of RSPRC, with his colleagues, accompanied with Pro. Dr. Renn to visit the RSPRC office after the forum on 21th of November, 2016.
[ Ms. Bärbel Höhn's Visit to RSPRC ]
Ms. Bärbel Höhn, Chairperson of German Federal Diet, visited RSPRC on June 29th 2016. Ms. Bärbel Höhn later participated the "German Experience in Energy-Transition and Nuclear Waste Disposal Discussion Forum", in which she shared views on the issues related to climate change policy, energy transition and nuclear waste management.


Open Energy — International Energy Ranking of Taiwan


Energy Information Division, RSPRC, National Taiwan University

Figure 1 — the ranking of net imports of coal among countries in 2014

Resource: IEA(2016)

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Coal is a traditional fuel, but so far a globe-wide usage still can be observed. According to the IEA (2016) statistics, the global coal production used as energy purpose in 2014 was 2.7 times to it was in 1973, accounting for 29% of the world's total energy supply, which is only second to oil (31%); coal also accounts for a high proportion in energy generation. While the world's largest coal production is in China which accounts for 48% of total global production, the second goes to the United States which is at 12%, then is Australia, Indonesia and India; these five countries account for 80% of the global coal production.

In terms of coal imports, China, India, Japan and South Korea are the largest net importers countries in the world. It is worth noting that Taiwan ranks the fifth (Figure 1). The main usage of imported coal is power generation. In 2016, Taiwan's coal-fired power generation (including CHP) accounted for about 46% of the total power generation; coal is the most important source of electricity supply for Taiwan. According to the "Medium-Term Coal Market Report" published by the IEA in 2016, it expects Taiwan's coal imports to grow by 2.4% per year over the next five years, higher than that of South Korea and Japan; Taiwan shows a high dependency on coal.

Figure 2 — the 2016 international energy efficiency scorecard

 Resource: The 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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Figure 3 — the comparison of energy efficiency between Taiwan and the highest scoring countries

Resource: The 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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In 2016, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, Taiwan was included for the first time in the twenty-two countries league and ranked the thirteenth (Figure 2), which came after the neighbour Asian countries. Taiwan’s performance is as follow: national overall energy conservation (13 points), building energy efficiency (13 points), industry sector (16 points), transportation sector (9 points). Figure 3 is the comparison between Taiwan and the world's highest scores, and it is worth pointing out that the country scoring the highest in national overall energy conservation (21 points), building energy efficiency (19.5 points), industry sector (21 points) is Germany and in the transportation sector, it goes to India, Italy, and Japan.

Among all sectors, Taiwan’s industry sector scores the highest in the policy of energy efficiency, and transportation sector scores the lowest; ACEEE pointed out that Taiwan's current fuel efficiency standards is only equal to the half of the best practice and, in building energy efficiency, a special proposal should be developed to create an efficiency marking system for buildings and an information disclosure system of energy consumption. The above shows Taiwan in various sectors of energy efficiency still has room for improvement.

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