Taiwan thinking of banning fossil fuels by 2050

Taiwan has a responsibility to protect the environment, said Vice President Chen Chien-jen

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- At a forum to address the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) addressed the need to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and said the nation was considering to ban the use of such fuels by the year 2050.

During his speech, the vice president explained and discussed the large amount of fossil fuels burned in Taiwan to support the energy consumption by its people. He mentioned the heavy reliance on these fuels which supports almost 45 percent  of Taiwan's energy. 

He also mentioned that the government was doing its best to refine the process of burning the fuels in order to make it as clean as possible, as reported by the Central News Agency.

According to the vice president, agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are doing their best to help make plans and reduce the pollution caused by state-run corporations such as CPC Corp., Taiwan, China Steel Corp., and Taiwan Power Co.

Although the efforts are in place, it may take up until 2050 before the ban can be imposed as improvements will take time. 

Chen concluded his speech by reaffirming that the government was making the utmost effort to clean the air quality and that the public should support the government in its endeavors.