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Ministry sets temperature ceiling for businesses

By George Liao  /  Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is drafting a proposal that could impose fines on businesses in 11 designated service sectors if the indoor temperature in their premises is above 26C°, a ministry official said at a press conference yesterday.

The official’s remarks came after the Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday carried a story about people saying a proposed temperature limit for public places was unbearable and the regulations unreasonable.

Wang Yunn-ming (王運銘), deputy director-general of the energy bureau, said the planned temperature limit is part of the government’s effort to tighten its grip on management of energy consumption. He said the ministry has been drafting a proposal to regulate the use of electricity in 11 designated service sectors.

In 2010, the ministry proposed a set of regulations, requiring retailers to keep the cool air inside their stores from leaking outdoors and banning the use of incandescent light bulbs in seven designated service sectors — including hotels, department stores, retail outlets, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Wang said the ministry is now planning to expand the designated service sectors from seven to 11, adding that it would include banks, stock brokerages, post offices and mass transportation hubs.

Another significant revision to the original proposal is a temperature limit that would levy fines if indoor temperature in stores in these service sectors is above 26C°, he added.

The bans on leaking cool air and incandescent light bulbs will be enforced starting at the end of next month, while the 26C° temperature ceiling will be enforced from Jan. 1 next year, Wang said.

Violators are subject to a fine of between NT$20,000 and NT$100,000 (US$664.56 and US$3,325) for each offense, he said.

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