NDC publishes net zero roadmap
The National Development Council (NDC) has published a roadmap for Taiwan's path to net zero including setting the goal of producing 60% of Taiwan's electricity with renewable energy in 2050.
The roadmap for 2050 zero carbon emissions also says all new buildings to be built in 2050 should be green structures.
The NDC says the government plans to invest some NT$900 billion before the end of 2030 to push the country toward that goal.
It says the fund will mainly be used toward a better grid, storage of electricity, renewable energy and turning vehicles electric.
By the year 2040, all cars and scooters sold on the market will be powered by electricity and there'll be a complete network of charging stations in residential areas and public parking lots.
The Environmental Protection Agency also says that this huge project will not only boost economic growth and create new jobs, but also minimize the risks of relying on fuels imported from foreign countries.
In related news, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is recalibrating expectations for Taiwan's green energy goals.
MOEA Minister Wang Mei-hua says, it is currently impossible for Taiwan to reach its original goal of renewable energy generation by 2025, and that it may not be achievable until 2026 or 2027.
According to the MOEA's Bureau of Energy, Taiwan is expected to generate approximately 15.27% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, which falls short of the original goal of 20%, which was made in 2016, before an unprecedented growth in national electricity consumption.
Regarding whether or not the second and third nuclear power plants will be reactivated, Premier Su Tseng-chang has reiterated that a non-nuclear homeland is the national goal, while Minister Wang says she is still awaiting reports from Taipower, before she reports to the Executive Yuan.