As part of ISDP’s Taiwan Studies Project, the Institute is hosting the Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2023. The forum will bring together Nordic and Taiwanese scholars and experts who are distinguished figures in their respective fields, in an effort to better understand conflicting political, economic, and diplomatic realities, ISDP hopes that this will provide a platform for valuable discussion and exchange.
Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has been on governmental agendas in both Scandinavia and in Taiwan. Different geographical conditions called for different approaches to generating power efficiently. Norway’s domestic energy market is dominated by hydropower, while Denmark makes use of its vast shorelines for wind power, Sweden invests heavily in biofuels, and Iceland uses thermal energy. Similarly, Taiwan has adopted measures to reduce its fossil fuel consumption, such as by investing in offshore wind parks. In light of perpetual calls from climate activists and NGOs, however, what is the next step for governments to speed up the green energy transition and could even closer international cooperation – e.g. between Scandinavia and Taiwan – help propel change in the energy sector? If so, how could this be achieved?
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