Taiwan, known as the global leader in chip manufacturing, grapples with energy shortage

Taiwan’s Energy Future: A Closer Look at Lai Ching-te’s Ambitious Goals and Challenges

Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s incoming president, has set ambitious goals for the island’s energy sources. He aims to increase the proportion of renewable electricity production to 30% by 2030, a significant jump from the current 11%. Additionally, he plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, there are doubts about whether he will be able to fulfill these promises, particularly given the recent issue of blackouts in Taiwan.

Taiwan has faced challenges in achieving its environmental goals before. When Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, she promised to reduce carbon emissions while also phasing out carbon-free nuclear energy, which then made up 12% of the energy mix (now less than 7%). Both Tsai and Lai are against nuclear energy, and while this decision aligned with their party’s ideology, it has proven to be challenging.

A study by Liang Chi-yuan at Taiwan’s National Central University found that only a quarter of planned windpower projects were on schedule between 2017 and 2022. This challenge is even more pressing now as Taiwan faces an energy crunch due to recent energy shortages and the push for renewable energy sources.

The global semiconductor industry is significant in Taiwan, accounting for over 60% of advanced semiconductors worldwide. To avoid an energy crunch while meeting its ambitious environmental goals, Taiwan must find innovative solutions that balance economic growth with sustainability.

Despite these challenges, Lai remains committed to achieving his goals. He believes that renewable energy sources are crucial for Taiwan’s future and has promised to invest heavily in them. With determination and hard work, he may be able to overcome these obstacles and make his vision a reality.

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