Following the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Taipei City Government today set a long-term goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to UDN. The new goal is reduce emissions by 25% from 2005 levels by 2030, and by 50% by 2050.
Carbon emission levels in Taiwan reached a high of 256 million tons in 2007. EPA Minister Wei Kuo-yen (魏國彥) said the overall goal was to reduce emissions to 214 million tons by 2030 and 134 million tons by 2050 across Taiwan. Taipei produces about 16 million tons of greenhouse gases.
The city plans to set up checkpoints around Taipei to measure emission levels. Taipei seeks to establish itself as a green city through construction initiatives, which would include expanding the MRT network and YouBike usage.
The city already boasts one of the world’s coolest green buildings with the Beitou Public Library. And with more smoggy days recently (mostly blamed on pollution blowing over from China), the city could use an extra breath of fresh air. We certainly wouldn’t the government to shut down any outdoor sporting events due to pollution like some legislators have proposed.