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Premier vows to continue fighting carbon emissions

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday said the government would keep promoting low-carbon communities and urged big companies to put more effort into adopting new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

At a ceremony in Taipei in which he presented “carbon footprint” labels to five local companies considered eligible to label their products as having small carbon footprints, Wu said that firms with high carbon emissions — such as Taiwan Power Company, CPC Corporation Taiwan, China Steel, China Shipbuilding and the Formosa Plastics Group firms, should consider revamping their infrastructures.

China Steel’s use of new equipment and Formosa Petrochemical’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions should also be encouraged, he said.

Wu said the Presidential Office has begun to turn off some of its lights in the daytime, installed water-efficient faucets and is turning up the temperature on its air-conditioners in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and save energy and water.

“In the past year, the energy-saving measures taken by the government and people helped save more than 7 billion units of electricity — almost equivalent to one year’s electricity consumption for the whole of Tainan County and City, which have a combined population of 1.86 million people,” Wu said.

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that with the granting of carbon footprint labels to seven products made by five local companies, Taiwan became the 11th country to introduce such a labeling system.

The first products in Taiwan to be approved for the carbon footprint label are Taisun Enterprise’s bottled drinking water, Hey Song’s sarsaparilla and camellia green tea drinks, Hair O’right’s green tea shampoos, BenQ’s 20-inch LCD monitor and AU Optronics’ 32-inch TFT-LCD television, the EPA said.

EPA Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) said the administration would continue to promote the labeling system and it hopes consumers would buy more products carrying the labels, try to save energy and recycle more.

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