Taiwan Pledges 30% Emissions Cut

16 March 2010 (Last Updated March 16th, 2010 18:30)

Taiwan has pledged to sharply cut the growth of its carbon emissions as part of global efforts to fight climate change, officials have announced. The Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that emissions from all sources including farms and factories should drop by 20

Taiwan has pledged to sharply cut the growth of its carbon emissions as part of global efforts to fight climate change, officials have announced.

The Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that emissions from all sources including farms and factories should drop by 2020 to 2005 levels of about 257 million metric tons, reports Reuters.

EPA executive secretary Hsiao Hui-chuan said that if the country can reach the maximum level, it would be the most stringent goal in Asia, reports Reuters.

In 2006, Taiwan's fuel-based carbon dioxide emissions were at 270 million tons per year.

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said he wants the country’s annual CO2 emissions to reduce to 214 million tons by 2025 and half that by 2050.