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Taiwan holds low-carbon transformation APEC workshop

A workshop on digital innovation to implement low-carbon transformation for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was staged under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation June 12-13 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Hosted by the MOEA’s Small and Medium Enterprise and Startup Administration, the two-day event brought together academics, experts, officials and business representatives from APEC member economies including Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Staff from global firms like Merck Group and Siemens AG also attended the event.
During his opening remarks, MOEA Deputy Minister Ho Chin-tsang said digital technology is key to ameliorating climate change, citing Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050, that drives industries to meet global supply chain and green initiative requirements.
Through the pathway the government encourages industrial plants, along with upstream and downstream partners, to implement carbon reduction, while working with industry associations to establish carbon footprint verification systems for SMEs, Ho said. Authorities also provide subsidies and loans to facilitate low-carbon practices, he added.
According to the SMESA, the workshop sought to increase green resilience for SMEs and enhance startups and women-led businesses’ ability to tap into supply chains through digital empowerment.
Other workshop highlights included an experience sharing session by winners of the SMESA-staged Greentech Startup Challenge, lectures by institutions like the Plastics Industry Development Center, as well as tours to firms such as New Taipei City-based Hushan Industrial Co., Ltd.
Since joining APEC in 1991, Taiwan has made substantial contributions in areas such as disaster prevention, food security, information and communications technology, small and medium enterprise development, and women’s economic empowerment.  (YCH-E)
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