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MOEA chief reticent on target for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions

MOEA chief reticent on target for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions

Minister of Economic Affairs Steve R. L. Chen was reserved yesterday about meeting a carbon dioxide emission reduction target set by the Executive Yuan, pointing out that it would be more difficult at present to de-commission nuclear power plants in active service.
According to an Executive Yuan plan to cut Taiwan's CO2 emissions, the country must keep its greenhouse gas 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 serve that end, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has to first explore the plan's effects on different sectors in line with a quota management mechanism that needs to be precisely assessed in advance, he explained.
Asked whether the planned cut will impact local economic growth or whether the MOEA should adjust its nuclear power policy, Chen said that his ministry basically encourages local industry to voluntarily take part in the plan.
As to whether his ministry should adjust its nuclear power policy, Chen admitted that it would be more difficult for the government sector to shut down nuke power plants now despite a promise of the Democratic Progressive Party to make Taiwan a nuclear-free country.
But Chen said his ministry will definitely cooperate with the Executive Yuan to meet the CO2 emissions reduction target as long as it has put complementary measures in place, adding that Taiwan is committed to playing a constructive role in the international community.


Updated : 2021-06-23 02:08 GMT+08:00