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Date : 2024-06-20        Source : New Taipei City Government
Deputy Mayor Liou, Her-Ran Highlights New Taipei City’s Sustainable Building Initiatives “Energy-Efficient E-Housing” at ICLEI World Congress
The Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the largest city-level organization collaborating with the United Nations, convened in Brazil, drawing city representatives worldwide to delve into urban sustainability, with a special focus on housing development's resilience amid population growth. Liou, Her-Ran, Deputy Mayor of New Taipei City, represented Taiwan on the East Asia Regional Executive Committee, engaged with city representatives from around the globe to discuss urban sustainability, focusing on strategies to mitigate carbon emissions through innovative housing solutions.
During the ICLEI World Congress, Deputy Mayor Liou, Her-Ran participated in dialogues with representatives from various cities worldwide, underscoring the importance of global cooperation in achieving net-zero emissions goals. He highlighted New Taipei City’s commitment to inclusive climate action, ensuring that no community is left behind in the pursuit of sustainability. Beyond formal agendas, he engaged in informal meetings with representatives from various cities including Malmö, Sweden; Carmen, Philippines; Kyoto, Japan; Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, South Korea; Quelimane, Mozambique; as well as cities from Germany, Mexico, and India. For instance, Liou, Her-Ran presented Kyoto's representative, Sayoko Matsumoto, with a badge and banner symbolizing the Tamsui-Kavalan Trails, emblematic of northern Taiwan's century-old trails, while sharing insights on New Taipei’s sustainable tourism and cultural heritage.

As cities globally confront challenges of urbanization and population growth, providing high-quality housing under the banner of "sustainable resilience" stands as a common goal of cities. New Taipei City’s approach emphasizes "New and Old Integration," a sustainable building strategy requiring new constructions to meet stringent energy efficiency standards aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For existing buildings, the city promotes the "Energy-efficient E-House" program, providing comprehensive services including energy efficiency grading, diagnostics, and community renovation schemes. These initiatives are designed to facilitate a seamless transition towards net-zero emissions in urban developments, significantly lowering residential carbon footprints.
"Residential and Commercial Sector is the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New Taipei City, and improving building energy efficiency is fundamental to our strategy for achieving net-zero emissions," explained Deputy Mayor Liou, Her-Ran. "Through initiatives like the Energy-Efficient E-Housing program, we are providing essential guidance to empower our communities towards sustainable living without compromising quality of life." This also aligns with the 'Just Transition' concept emphasized at last year's United Nations Climate Change Conference."
New Taipei City’s proactive stance in sustainable urban planning includes rigorous policy reviews and climate risk assessments to develop adaptive spatial planning and net-zero strategies. The city is committed to integrating sustainability into every aspect of urban development, from planning and design to construction and renovation.
The Environmental Protection Department elaborated that during the ICLEI World Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, from June 18 to 21, Deputy Mayor Liou, Her-Ran actively engaged in dialogues with representatives from cities worldwide. He also presented the "New Taipei City 2050 Net Zero Pathway and Climate Action White Paper" to share the city's strategies with others. Enhancing building energy efficiency remains a critical aspect of every city's journey towards net-zero development. New Taipei City's collaborative efforts across private sectors, academia, NGOs, and the public sector, with leadership from the latter, serve as a valuable reference for other cities. Starting with buildings, this experience extends progressively into communities, fostering collaborative efforts to build sustainable and resilient cities together.