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Economic minister evasive about energy policy

Economic minister evasive about energy policy

Minister of Economic Affairs Steve Chen expressed reservation Thursday about meeting a carbon dioxide emission reduction target set by the Cabinet, saying it would be more difficult now to retire nuclear power plants in active service.
Under a Cabinet's plan, Taiwan should cut its CO2 emissions for 2025 at the level of some 221 million metric tons -- similar to the 2000 level -- representing a 40 percent cut of the current emissions level.
To that end, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has to explore the potential impact on different sectors in line with a quota management mechanism that needs to be precisely assessed beforehand, he explained.
Asked whether the planned cut will affect Taiwan's economic growth and whether the MOEA should adjust its nuclear energy policy, Chen only said that local industries are welcomed to help the planning.
But Chen admitted that it would be more difficult for the government to shut down nuke power plants now though the ruling Democratic Progressive Party promised to make Taiwan a nuclear-free country.