Alishan Trains to Be More Environmentally Friendly

Alishan train
Photo by Philipp Laube via Wikimedia Commons

In an effort to reduce PM2.5 air pollution, Chiayi County will install air filters on the Alishan Forest Railway locomotives, UDN reported. The filters are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 40 kg per year.

The Environmental Protection Administration held a press conference today to introduce the “Everyone’s Motive, Fresh Air” (全民用心,空氣清新) initiative, which was signed by EPA Director Lee Ying-yuan and the environmental protection bureaus of various cities and counties.

Lee Ying-yuan said that Taiwan’s goal this year is to reduce “red alert” air quality days by 20% compared to 2015. With the beginning of the crackdown on two-stroke motorbikes, the goal is expected to be more easily achieved.

In addition to the new air filters on the Alishan trains, other cities and counties are instituting environmental measures to improve air and water quality. The government is also offering subsidies to improve energy and fuel efficiency.

Taipei City recently announced that it would replace almost all of the city’s lead pipes by the end of this year. Sixty percent of lead pipes in Taipei had been replaced as of the end of 2016.

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