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Taiwanese back zero-growth power consumption goal: poll

Taiwanese back zero-growth power consumption goal: poll

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Though the demand for electricity in Taiwan continues to grow because of industrial development and higher living standards, most of its people support the government's goal of achieving zero growth in power consumption, a survey has found. The survey, conducted by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE, ????????? ??), also found that over half of respondents supported a floating pricing mechanism for electricity fees but did not support the continued use of nuclear power. Just over half of those polled (53.7 percent) said they would not support the use of nuclear power even if safety was ensured, a result that TAISE said indicated that most Taiwanese are worried about building new power plants. Nearly 72 percent of the respondents showed support for the government's long-term goal of keeping power growth in check, with 58.3 percent backing the government to set up a floating pricing mechanism to calculate electricity rates, the survey found. In terms of the government's policy on climate change and energy demand, most respondents thought vigorous measures should be adopted to stem pollution from traffic and introduce more renewable energy sources. Some 72.4 percent of respondents in Taipei contended that the government failed to pay adequate attention to the issue of climate change, the highest ratio of the six municipalities in Taiwan, according to the survey. About 82 percent of respondents, in particular people from southern Taiwan, believed that the government had not done enough to cut carbon emissions generated by factories, the survey showed. Some 89 percent of respondents, 4.4 percentage points higher than last year, favored quick passage of legislation to deal with greenhouse gases. TAISE carried out the telephone poll from March 2-6, interviewing 1,093 Taiwanese aged 18 and above. It had a margin of error of 2.96 percentage points. (By Y.L. Wei and Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-09-27 01:11 GMT+08:00