ISDP Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2023 – Day 3: Energy Transition

Thursday 23 March 2023 / 10:00 - 11:00 / Zoom

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As part of ISDP’s Taiwan Studies Project, the Institute is hosting the Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2023. The forum will bring together Nordic and Taiwanese scholars and experts who are distinguished figures in their respective fields, in an effort to better understand conflicting political, economic, and diplomatic realities, ISDP hopes that this will provide a platform for valuable discussion and exchange.   

The event is scheduled for March 17, 20, and 23, and will be divided into three hour-long panel discussions, each dealing with a key issue that will be of vital interest for both the Nordic countries and Taiwan in the foreseeable future:

Day 1, March 17: “Innovation – Learning Across Borders”

Day 2, March 20: “Digital Diplomacy”

Day 3, March 23: “Energy Transition” 


Panel 3: “Energy Transition”

10:00 am – 11:00 am (CET)

Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has been on governmental agendas in both Scandinavia and in Taiwan. Different geographical conditions called for different approaches to generating power efficiently. Norway’s domestic energy market is dominated by hydropower, while Denmark makes use of its vast shorelines for wind power, Sweden invests heavily in biofuels, and Iceland uses thermal energy. Similarly, Taiwan has adopted measures to reduce its fossil fuel consumption, such as by investing in offshore wind parks. In light of perpetual calls from climate activists and NGOs to do more at a much faster pace, however, what is the next step for governments to speed up the green energy transition and could even closer international cooperation – e.g. between Scandinavia and Taiwan – help propel change in the energy sector? If so, how could this be achieved?


Dr. Chia-wei Chao, Research Director, Taiwan Climate Action Network, Taiwan:

Dr. Chia-Wei Chao received his PhD degree from the Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Taiwan University in 2013. His research focuses on sustainability, energy transition, and industrial ecology. Dr. Chao has been actively involved in climate and energy policy since 2007, providing evidence-based policy suggestion for environmental NGOs. He founded the Taiwan Environment and Planning Association in 2020 to establish a transdisciplinary platform to maximize the synergies between ecosystem service and renewable energy development. Since 2022, five environmental NGOs have been working together under the umbrella Taiwan Climate Action Network initiative to accelerate net-zero policy action in Taiwan. Dr Chao lead the research unit under the initiative. He also teaches “Pathways towards Net-Zero” at National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University.

Dr. Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Bergen University, Norway:

Dr. Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen where he leads the Research Group for Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law and Development Law. His area of expertise and interest deals with energy markets, with a special emphasis on the regulation of offshore energy, offshore wind and new energy technologies, areas in which he has published widely. His PhD “Buyer Power in EU Competition Law” won the 2017 Concurrences PhD Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of competition law or economics, and he has also received the Meltzerprisen for young researchers in 2017 for his academic research and significant contributions at the University of Bergen. 


Larissa Stünkel, Research Fellow, Stockholm China Center, ISDP