Public-private funds to target pollution

UTILITIES PRIORITY:Premier Lin Chuan said that the government would ensure a stable supply of electricity and water while it carries out measures to curb pollution

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 14, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The public and private sectors are to spend NT$200 billion (US$6.6 billion) on measures

Premier Lin Chuan speaks at a news conference at the Executive yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

aimed at reducing air pollution, with a goal of lowering levels of PM2.5 — fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less — by 18 percent by 2019.

The government said that NT$36.51 billion has been earmarked to target lowering PM2.5 levels from 22 micrometers per cubic meter to 18 micrometers per cubic meter by 2019 and to reduce the number of “air pollution red alerts” by 47 percent, or from 997 per year to 528 per year.

State-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) is to invest NT$10.11 billion to reduce power plant emissions by 2019 and another NT$22.15 billion afterward, while the private sector is expected to invest between NT$168.4 billion and NT$247.7 billion in air pollution controls.    [FULL  STORY]

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