Phillip Riley Research Series: Taiwan

Taiwan report

Taiwan has limited fossil fuel reserves and as a result imports almost all of their energy supply. This imported energy supply makes up 98% Taiwan’s total energy and is highly dependent on fossil fuels. As a result, there have been a number of challenges when attempting to increase the proportion of renewable energy within their energy mix. Taiwan’s energy supply, including imports, consists mainly of oil (48%), coal (29%) and natural gas (13%). Of the energy that is produced domestically, biomass contributes the largest amount, accounting for 1.38% of the total energy supply.

Biomass is the main source of energy produced in Taiwan. Of the 2% of domestically produced energy, just over half of this comes from biomass. Biomass has likely been successfully implemented due to Taiwan’s large agriculture sector. However, Taiwan may face difficulties when attempting to further increase the amount of renewable energy within the system. Pairing intermittent renewable energy with imported fossil fuels (mainly oil and coal) will reduce the energy security within the system. This will place Taiwan at a higher risk of blackouts.

Taiwan-Report

In order for Taiwan to continue to increase their renewable energy production, a restructuring of the energy system must occur.

To continue to read the full Taiwan report as part of our Research Series “The Future is Renewable: Targets and Policies by Country”, please click “Read More”.

Taiwan Report

Taiwan has limited fossil fuel reserves and as a result imports almost all of their energy supply. This imported energy supply makes up 98% Taiwan’s total energy and is highly dependent on fossil fuels. As a result, there have been a number of challenges when attempting to increase the proportion of renewable energy within their energy mix. Taiwan’s energy supply, including imports, consists mainly of oil (48%), coal (29%) and natural gas (13%). Of the energy that is produced domestically, biomass contributes the largest amount, accounting for 1.38% of the total energy supply.

To read the full Taiwan report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

China Report

As one of the largest countries in the world with the biggest population, China faces unique challenges in its energy sector. Changing to a cleaner energy supply is a key part of China’s plans to tackle climate change and the Chinese government is actively promoting renewables as an important part of transitioning to a low carbon economy. China is the world’s largest energy consumer and as its economy continues to grow, demand for energy is also increasing. China has immense reserves of coal, so it follows that coal has long been the most-used source of energy, but it has recently become a world leader in renewable energy as well. The government of China has put in place several policies and targets in an effort to reduce emissions and air pollution as well as increase renewable energy use.

To read the full China report as part of our Research Series, please download the PDF below.

Phillip Riley Research Series: China

 

As one of the largest countries in the world with the biggest population, China faces unique challenges in its energy sector. With more than 1.3 billion residents, the effects of global warming have the potential to affect millions and millions of its people, so climate change is undeniably of great concern to China. Because of the vast quantities of coal consumed by the country, China is also the world’s largest emitter of energy-related CO2 emissions. The use of coal for electricity generation is not only responsible for large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, it is also responsible for a significant amount of China‘s air pollution.

China Report

Changing to a cleaner energy supply is a key part of China’s plans to tackle climate change and the Chinese government is actively promoting renewables as an important part of transitioning to a low carbon economy. In 2013, China installed more renewable energy capacity than all of Europe and the Asia Pacific region and it is still increasing.  China’s 13th Five Year Plan for energy was released recently and it outlines specific targets for energy consumption and energy resource use including increasing the percentage of non-fossil energy consumption to at least 15% of total consumption and reducing the share of coal to 58%. This is a big transition for historically coal-dependent China but it has stepped up and made impressive changes already. There are going to be a large number of clean energy projects coming online in the next four years and we will see unprecedented growth in related jobs.

To continue to read the full China report as part of our Research Series “The Future is Renewable: Targets and Policies by Country”, please click “Read More”.