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President meets with environmental groups

2017/04/21 22:29:20

(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office)

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with several environmental groups on Friday to discuss environmental problems, and she promised more communication with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address issues related to the environment.

At the meeting, Tsai told representatives of the groups that the government will abide by its goal to push for green energy and make Taiwan a nuclear-free nation by 2025 while still maintaining a sufficient power supply.

Following the amendment to The Electricity Act earlier this year, Tsai said the government looks forward to pushing for greater development of renewable energy in the country.

Meanwhile, the visiting groups called for the government to play a more active role in several areas, including the fight against the illegal trade in ivory, the conservation of coral reefs, and the reduction of carbon emissions in Taiwan.

In response, Tsai said continued interaction and communication between environmental groups and the government is a must in serving as a bridge between both parties.

She also asked the NGOs to step up and voice their opinions so that the government can implement those ideas when drafting various environmental policies.

The meeting on Friday included representatives from the Taiwan Renewable Energy Alliance (TRENA), Life Conservationist Association, Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Chinese Wild Bird Federation. and several others.

(By Lu Hsin-huei and Ko Lin)
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