Under the 'Environment' heading in the Quick Take section of today's Taipei Times is a brief titled Government promotes green. It tells how Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Stephen Shen and his EPA plan to "encourage private companies and local residents to develop green industries and combat global warming and resource degradation." Shen went on to explain how they plan to "promote the birth of 50 low-carbon communities around Taiwan over the next two years, six low-carbon cities within five years and four low-carbon living regions with 10 years." This all sounds very good. It has an almost noble quality about it. But yet Shen and his EPA have given the nod to massive petrochemical development with the various expansions of the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP). Unless the EPA incorporates such 'green' plans into a massive crack down on and clean up of the petrochemical industry in Taiwan these 'green' plans are nothing but green gimmicks. When the EPA starts to abide by the Supreme Court rulings that they ignore on the CTSP expansions. When the EPA really goes after Formosa Plastics for its disgraceful environmental record and puts those responsible for incidents such as the three recent fires at Formosa Plastics and its affiliates behind bars then and only then will such green projects have any meaning other than the EPA pretending to be green.
Taiwan EPA Minister Stephen Shu-hung Shen. His profile shows he has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Photo:-Taiwan EPA.
From Taipei Times Quick Take:
Government promotes green
Taiwan is working to foster an environment that will encourage private companies and local residents to develop green industries and combat global warming and resource degradation, Environmental Protection Administration Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) said. The centerpiece of the government’s plan, Shen said, was to promote the birth of 50 low-carbon communities around Taiwan over the next two years, six low-carbon cities within five years and four low-carbon living regions with 10 years. To achieve these goals, the government will push companies and banks devoted to ecological conservation to open offices in “low-carbon special zones,” in which electric vehicles will serve as the main means of transport, Shen said, adding that the government also planned to make the agricultural sector more environmentally friendly and turn incinerators into biomass energy production centers.
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