Taiwan’s state-owned oil refiner, CPC Corporation, has decided to phase out its renewable energy policy centered on biodiesel because of problems the fuel causes for local motorists.
Anti-nuclear protests in Taipei
April 28, 2014
Just days after “reaffirming” his government’s to developing sustainable energy and the green economy, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is having to fend off strident protest over his energy policies. Protesters took to the streets of Taipei over the weekend to demand construction of Tawian’s Lungmen nuclear power plant be stopped because of earthquake concerns. On Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered near the Presidential Office Building, chanting “Stop Nuclear Plant No. 4, Return Power to the People.” Organizers said about 50,000 protesters participated while police estimated the crowd at 28,500 at its peak.
ASE Pollution Scandal
Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) – the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider – is facing the threat of heavy fines, law suits and loss of business after it was found to be illegally discharging waste water via concealed pipes at its plants.
Whilst Taiwan has sought observer status in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for years, its governmental representatives were absent when 195 member countries began a meeting on Monday to discuss how the international world could limit average global temperature increases.
The Deep Green low-velocity ocean current power concept
An innovative ‘underwater kite’ marine power plant has started producing electricity in the waters off Northern Ireland. Deep Green, developed by marine energy technology company Minesto, is the only known power plant that works cost-effectively in low-velocity tidal and ocean currents. “This is a break-through for the entire renewable energy industry, ocean currents are the hidden treasure of renewable energy source,” said Minesto’s CEO Anders Jansson.
Green purchasing by Taiwan’s civil organizations, government bodies, private enterprises and stores almost doubled in value to NT$45 billion (US$1.52 billion) in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
Developing green technology is core to a new cross-strait's alliance. The launch of the Green Technology and Cultural Industry Alliance at the Beijing Taiwan Center, was attended by officials from both governments and aims to promote both green and cultural sectors between China and Taiwan.
A US EV-maker has signed a letter of intent for a joint-venture agreement with Taiwanese Taikang Technology Corporation. Smith Electric Vehicles will sell its branded vehicles to Taiwan, while it also intends to enter into a definitive licensing agreement, which will cover the assembly and distribution of all-electric vehicles in Taiwan, including a new factory.
In same the tradition of grand engineering schemes that brought about the Three Gorges Dam, China's State Council has endorsed plans for the construction for two 122-km fixed link connections between the mainland and Taiwan.
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration is introducing revised national noise standards as it admits noise is its number one problem. Notably, the new rules get even tougher on wind turbines.