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Automakers enlist to reduce carbon

CHOICES:The 12 firms that have signed up to the EPA’s carbon-reduction plan account for 40% of new car sales, meaning consumers will have plenty of ‘green’ options

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

Six more automakers have voluntarily signed an agreement with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their vehicles on Monday, bringing the number of participants to 12, the agency said.

To promote the manufacture and sales of low-carbon vehicles, the agency got six companies to sign a voluntary agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on Dec. 28 last year

According to the agency, in the past year the carbon dioxide reduction rate reached 6.5 percent.

The six companies that signed up to the agreement last year promised to import low-carbon vehicles and to achieve carbon reductions of 10 percent to 15 percent before 2015 by adjusting their production strategies, the agency said.

The agency presented an award to the top three companies that reduced the most carbon emissions last year — Mercedes-Benz (12 percent), BMW (10 percent) and Hyundai (9 percent).

With the additional six companies that signed on Monday, the agency said the total sales of the 12 companies accounted for about 40 percent of new car sales in the country, which would mean customers would have plenty of low-carbon vehicles to choose from and carbon dioxide emissions should be reduced.

The agency said it would continue pushing for more companies to join the agreement and keep looking at regulations in other countries when formulating carbon dioxide emission standards for Taiwan.

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