Sat, Feb 19, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan to accommodate Kyoto Protocol with special energy-saving measures

CNA , Taipei

The Cabinet-level Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) is poised to promote the service sector as part of the government's efforts to minimize the impact of the Kyoto Protocol on Taiwan's industry, a CEPD spokesman said yesterday.

The CEPD, Taiwan's highest economic policy-making agency, will swing into full gear soon to promote that goal in the coming four years, and it expects to lift the service sector's output value to NT$8.99 trillion (US$285.4 billion).

About NT$4.78 trillion will be generated by knowledge-intensive businesses -- some 31.9 percent of the country's GDP, the official said, adding that around 61.39 million workers will be employed in the sector. He stressed that the government will advocate energy-saving service businesses in the future by stepping up industrial upgrading and added value productivity.

The Kyoto Protocol, designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, became effective Wednesday in more than 140 countries around the world.

Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations or a signatory to the protocol, but local environmentalists have urged the government to adhere to the pact as a constructive member of the global village.

In response, the government will still encourage hi-tech industries rather than traditional ones, the production of which will be limited to satisfying local demand in the future.

Technical assistance task forces set up under the MOEA kicked off operations that same day to help promote energy-effective measures to 2,900 consumers. Private sector companies in the steel and electronics industries, hypermarkets, department stores, hospitals and thermal power plants, as well as public agencies, state-run enterprises and schools, will be targeted by the task forces, which will provide on-the-spot energy-saving technical assistance focusing on recycling, pollution prevention and reuse of industrial waste water.

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