Taiwan Energy Intensity Reduced by 3.93 Percent

TAIWAN’S energy intensity has reduced by 3.93 percent during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, reveal the Bureau of Energy.

Energy intensity is a measure of the energy efficiency of a nation’s economy and is calculated as units of energy per unit of gross domestic product (GDP). Energy efficiency improvements have a dramatic impact on energy intensity figures.

Taiwan’s energy intensity during the first six months of 2010 was 8.47 liters of oil equivalent input resulting in $34.33 worth of goods. This year, the same amount of goods required input of only 8.15 liters, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, but they caution that the latest figures are preliminary estimates.

Ministry officials said that if accurate the 3.93-percent cut, was the biggest improvement seen in a single year over the last 20 years, with 2009 the only exception, when the GDP reduced by 1.9 percent and the Energy Intensity index fell by 3.97 percent.

Officials added that the Taiwanese Government has been focused on energy efficiency and carbon emission reductions through promoting a countrywide green plan over the last four years.

Picture of Hsinchu Taiwan by Erik Charlton reproduced under CCL.

Tuesday 18th October 2011

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