Taiwan's energy consumption fell in 2019
By ECCT staff writers
Due to a 0.6% decrease in energy consumption (including electricity consumption) in 2019 compared to 2018 and a 4.5% decrease in the electricity emission coefficient, Taiwan’s CO2 emissions from fuel combustion fell 3.2% to 258.72 million metric tons in 2019. According to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, emissions of all sectors showed a downward trend, except for the transportation sector, which increased by 0.6% year-on-year in 2019.
Emissions from the industrial sector decreased by 4.4%, according to the report. Most indexes of industrial production decreased, leading to a 2.1% decrease in the overall energy consumption, where non-electricity energy consumption decreased by 3.4% and electricity consumption decreased by 1.0%.
Emissions from the services sector decreased by 4.6%, due to an 0.8% drop in electricity consumption while emissions from residential and agricultural sectors decreased by 3.3% and 0.8%, respectively. Emissions from the energy sector decreased by 1.3% and overall electricity consumption decreased by 0.4%.
The industrial sector was still the largest emitter, accounting for 48.9% of CO2 emissions in 2019, followed by the energy sector (14.5%), transportation sector (14.0%), residential sector (11.0%), service sector (10.4%), and agricultural sector (1.2%).
According to the report, the decrease of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion in 2018 showed that Taiwan's GHG emissions are moving towards the first-phase regulatory target (2% lower than the 2005 GHG emissions level by 2020).