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Carbon fees conditionally approved

Protesters display a poster in front of the Environmental Protection Administration in Taipei yesterday, to urge President Ma Ying-jeou to regulate th...

Emissions protest

Protesters display a poster in front of the Environmental Protection Administration in Taipei yesterday, to urge President Ma Ying-jeou to regulate th...

The Environmental Protection Administration yesterday asked the China Steel Corporation to pay a carbon emissions reduction fee after making a conditional approval on a billion-dollar Taichung development case proposed by the CSC.
The conditional approval immediately drew criticism from environmental groups, who argued that the carbon reduction fees in Taiwan were far too low compared with international standards.
"The EPA Minister, Stephen Shen (沈世宏), said the conditional approval meant that the company would have to reduce 15 percent of its total carbon dioxide emissions. The company produces 11 million tons of CO2 annually, and is asked to pay NT$1.5 billion every year, which means that it pays only NT$136 for every ton of CO2 that it produces. But the international society set the standard at NT$6,000," said Pan Han-sheng, secretary-general of Green Party.
Pan said since most of the steel the company produces is sold to China, he could not understand why the EPA agreed to make the approval.
EPA Minister, Stephen Shen, held his first environmental impact assessment meeting yesterday and made the announcement of conditional approval.


Updated : 2021-06-14 21:24 GMT+08:00