The Kaohsiung City Government recently approved the Autonomous Act on Levying Carbon Dioxide Tax (碳稅徵收自治條例), which allows it to tax polluting businesses.
Director-General of the city’s Bureau of Finance Lei Chung-dar (雷仲達) said on Tuesday that the act was meant to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide in Kaohsiung, one of the major industrial cities in Taiwan.
The act requires businesses in the city that emit more than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year to pay a “carbon dioxide tax” to the city government, Lei said.
Businesses whose annual carbon dioxide emissions do not exceed 2 million tonnes would be obliged to pay NT$50 for each tonne. Businesses that emit between 2 million tonnes and 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year will have to pay NT$100 million (US$2.8 million).
Businesses with emissions between 4 million tonnes and 6 million tonnes are required to pay NT$220 million, while companies whose annual emissions exceed 10 million tonnes will have to pay NT$700 million.
Lei said the Act targets polluting sectors such as the steel industry, the petroleum industry and the machinery industry, adding that the Act was expected to bring about NT$2.8 billion in tax revenue each year, the majority of which would come from China Steel Corp (中鋼), Taiwan Power Co’s (台電) power plant in Dalin (大林) and CPC Corp, Taiwan’s (台灣中油) refinery in Kaohsiung.
Lei said that although the central government had reservations about levying a carbon dioxide tax, Hualien and Yunlin counties had passed similar regulations.
“As Kaohsiung is an industrial city, it is responsible for massive carbon dioxide emissions. The city government has tried to improve the situation over the years to ensure sustainability of the environment,” Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said.
“It is a global trend to tax polluting industries,” she said.
A domestically developed “suicide drone,” also known as a loitering munition, would be tested and evaluated in July, and could enter mass production next year, Taiwan’s weapons developer said on Wednesday. The yet-to-be-named drone was among nine drone models unveiled by the National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) on Tuesday. The drone has been dubbed the “Taiwanese switchblade” by Chinese-language media, due to its similarity to the US-made AeroVironment Switchblade 300, which has been used by Ukraine in counterattacks during Russia’s invasion. It has a range of more than 10km, a flight time of more than 15 minutes, and an electro-optical
WORKING UP AN APPETITE: Sales at the Rueifong Night Market surged 20 to 30 percent, while seats at Liouhe Night Market were packed until 1am, market officials said South Korean pop band Blackpink’s concerts over the weekend in Kaohsiung helped draw large crowds to local night markets, the Kaohsiung City Government said yesterday. The two concerts on Saturday and Sunday at Kaohsiung National Stadium drew more than 90,000 people. The city government offered NT$50 vouchers to spend locally to concertgoers who showed their ticket stubs. Liouhe Night Market (六合夜市) management committee head Chuang Chi-chang (莊其章) said that crowds over the weekend surged at about 10pm and the market remained packed until 1:30am. “Almost all the seats were filled,” Chuang said. Night market stall owners had stocked up in expectation of an increased number
OFFLINE: People who do not wish to register can get the money from select ATMs using their bank card, ID number and National Health Insurance card number Online registration for NT$6,000 (US$196.32) cash payments drawn from last year’s tax surplus is to open today for eligible people whose national ID or permanent residency number ends in either a zero or a one, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. Officials from the ministry revealed which days Taiwanese and eligible foreigners would be able to register for the cash payments at a joint news conference with the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Online registration is to open tomorrow for those whose number ends in a two or three; on Friday for those that end in a four or five: on Saturday
The Taipei City Government on Wednesday introduced of a series of tourism promotions, including free sightseeing bus tours and hotel discounts, in a bid to boost the number of international visitors. From now until June 30, 10,000 free Taipei Sightseeing Bus tickets are to be made available to travelers who stay in designated hotels for two nights, cruise passengers and European visitors transiting for more than 15 hours, the Taipei Department of Information and Tourism said. Eligible tourists can ask for the free four-hour unlimited ride bus tickets by presenting their passports at the hotels they stay in or from the