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Taoyuan Hosts the ICLEI Sustainable City Forum and Shares Post-COVID Recovery Experience

On July 29, the Taoyuan City Government partnered with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and Global Organization of Smart Cities (GO SMART) to host the 2020 Annual Assembly of ICLEI Taiwan Members & Sustainable City Forum in a real-virtual integrated format for the first time. Mayor Hayato Shimizu of Saitama City, the representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and ICLEI Taiwan member cities were invited to share their experiences on post-COVID green economic recovery, the promotion of sustainable climate action, and their vision and roadmap for the future. 
  
 Deputy Mayor An-pang Kao of Taoyuan City said global trends in sustainability, climate action, as well as the recent impact of COVID-19 have all brought unprecedented challenges in governance for local governments. Cities must therefore cooperate on responding to these challenges and proposing city-level solutions for sustainable development. Cities need to play an active role in developing these solutions. 
  
 Deputy Mayor Kao noted that Mayor Wen-tsan Cheng has worked actively with a variety of partners since he was sworn-in to promote the sustainable economic transformation of the city into a low-carbon green city. The “Autonomous Regulations for Low Carbon Green City” served as the core pillar for the creation of a task force for developing the greenhouse gas reduction and climate change adaptation plan. Inter-agency communication and coordination helped introduce carbon reduction measures in energy, industry, transport, agriculture, and environmental agencies as well. The initiatives not only demonstrated Taoyuan’s commitment to the promotion of a sustainable city. It also showed local residents how city developments are being integrated with environmental sustainability. The environmental friendliness in their everyday surroundings not only enhanced public support for the city’s leadership team but also raised their expectations as well. 
  
 Deputy Mayor Kao said that Taoyuan City drew on its own logistics capabilities and potential last year (2019) to become the first eco-logistics chair-city with ICLEI. An “Eco-Logistics Office” was also set up to oversee the promotion of international eco-logistics. The mission of the office was to promote low-carbon, sustainable, and people-centric developments in freight transport.  In addition, Taoyuan City is now a domestic and international role-model for achieving sustainability through the application of smart and innovative technologies. We not only received the ICF Top 7 on 4 occasions but came first in the world at the 2019 ICF awards. 
   
 Director-General Li-teh Lu of the Taoyuan Department of Environmental Protection (TYDEP) said that Taiwanese cities have extensive experience with sustainability strategies. Today’s 2020 Annual Assembly of ICLEI Taiwan Members & Sustainable City Forum, therefore, chose a real-virtual integrated format to invite Mayor Hayato Shimizu of Saitama City as the international representative of ICLEI and Ms. Lin O’Grady from EBRD to give an online presentation on green recovery for cities; for the topical seminars, ICLEI Taiwan members (Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Chiayi City, and Kaohsiung City) were invited to share their efforts on sustainable climate action along with their vision and roadmap for the future. The conference brought together ideas and actions on sustainability from around the world and provided a platform for the sharing of mutual experiences. This not only created new opportunities for each city but also demonstrated their commitment to responding to climate change. City hall will continue to fulfill the goals of sustainable development through substantive initiatives as well so that Taoyuan City can continue to become an even better low-carbon green city. 
Deputy Mayor Kao and Deputy Secretary-General Chun-ming Chiu of Taoyuan City attended the conference with a delegation of Taoyuan city officials. The delegation included TYDEP Director-General Li-teh Lu, Director-General Kang-ying Chen from the Department of Information Technology, and Chief Secretary Yi-chang Lin from the Department of Rapid Transit Systems.
  
 Guests at the conference included Manager Wan-yu Kan and Senior Consultant Ya-wen Yang from the EBRD Taiwan Office, Director Wan-tian Cai from ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center, CEO Gong-yue Chao from International Climate Development Institute, Professor Yun-Chieh Li from the National Open University, Director Ching-xiao Huang from the Taichung City Low-Carbon City Promotion Office, Deputy Director-General Tseng-hung Song from the Environmental Protection Bureau of Pingtung County u, Chief Secretary Yi-chun Chu from the Environmental Protection Bureau of New Taipei City, as well as representatives of Taipei City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City, and Hsinchu County. 

 

Taoyuan Hosts the ICLEI Sustainable City Forum and Shares Post-COVID Recovery Experience

 

Taoyuan Hosts the ICLEI Sustainable City Forum and Shares Post-COVID Recovery Experience

 

Taoyuan Hosts the ICLEI Sustainable City Forum and Shares Post-COVID Recovery Experience

 

Taoyuan Hosts the ICLEI Sustainable City Forum and Shares Post-COVID Recovery Experience