2021 Sustainable City Forum & Smart Solutions report

24 March, 2021

The 2021 Sustainable City Forum was organised by the Taoyuan City Government, the International Climate Development Institution (ICDI) and co-organised by the ECCT’s Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. It was one of the major events of Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE), held annually since 2017. The theme was sustainable recovery. Read the full event report here.

The forum was followed by a VIP dinner which served as the launch of Global Smart Solution Report 2021: Eco-Mobility & Eco-Logistics, which was compiled by the Taoyuan City Government together with the LCI, the International Climate Development Institute (ICDI), and ICLEI and included chapters on solutions from ECCT companies: Air Liquide, Carrefour, Covestro and Ikea.

The forum brought together global leaders and experts to share smart solutions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, green finance, the circular economy, eco-mobility, and eco-logistics. It began with opening remarks by the guests of honour, followed by two sessions on the topics of “Green transition & renewable energy” and “Eco-mobility & eco-logistics”.

Opening remarks were made by Tsai Chi-chang, Vice President of the Legislative Yuan, Lin Hsien-ming, Taoyuan Deputy Mayor; Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI (via video conference from Bonn); Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General of CityNet (via video conference from the United States); Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (via video conference) and Jordan Matthew Tank, Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Policy & Project Preparation at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) (via video conference).

Session 1 – Green transition and renewable energy

The first session included representatives from the public and private sectors to share their experiences in promoting cleaner and greener urban development. It was moderated by Lin Tze-luen, President of ICDI.

Speakers were Jean-Francois Casabonne-Masonnave, Director of the French Office in Taipei; Dr Thomas Prinz, Director-General of German Trade Institute Taipei; Dr Thomas Jurgensen, Deputy Head of Office, European Economic and Trade Office; Bartosz Rys, Acting Head, Polish Office in Taipei and Giuseppe Izzo, ECCT Vice Chairman and LCI Steering committee.

Session 2 – Eco-mobility and eco-logistics

The second session focused on how to implement and strengthen cooperation between local governments and the private sector on green mobility and green logistics. It was introduced by Chiu Junn-ming, Deputy Secretary General of Taoyuan and moderated by Chao Kung-yueh (Camyale), Executive Director of ICDI.

Speakers were Dr Lu Li-the, Director-General of the Department of Environmental Protection of the Taoyuan City Government; Mohamed Abdel-Aal, Director of Digital Experience & Innovation, KAUST in Saudi Arabia (via video conference); Pascal Viaud, Ambassador of Grenoble-Alpes Metropole; Sudarmanto Budi Nugroho, Research Manager of IGES (via video conference) Josephine Allan, Director of Integrated Marketing & Sales for BIXI (via video conference from Montreal) and Edy Chen, Head of Sales, Taiwan & ASEAN, TPU, Covestro Taiwan.

The event was concluded by remarks from Chiu Junn-ming, who reiterated that Taoyuan will be implementing many of the products and technologies discussed at the forum to improve eco-mobility and eco-logistics all over Taoyuan. 

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