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Taiwan Unveils 2050 Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Roadmap, Excluding Nuclear Energy
The National Development Council unveiled a roadmap to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in which renewable energy accounts for 70 percent. The plan was criticized by businesses as ridiculous, and even the premier acknowledged its difficulty.
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Premier Acknowledges Difficulty to Achieving Net Zero

United Daily News, March 31, 2022

 

The National Development Council (NDC) released on March 30 a roadmap for Taiwan’s realizing net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in which the share of renewable energy in the composition of energy structure will come from 20 percent in 2025 to 70 percent in 2050. In order to achieve the de-carbonization of power supply, 10 percent hydrogen power, 1 percent pumped-storage power, and reservation of 20 to 27 percent carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) are incorporated into the roadmap. Three major industry associations described the plan as ridiculous.

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https://udn.com/news/amp/story/122735/6204527

https://udn.com/news/story/122735/6210140

Featured Opinion
According to media commentary, if the government does not provide a specific blueprint for net-zero carbon emissions, the era of power shortages and high electricity prices will come, and "green inflation" will be inevitable.
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Public Must Oversee Government Execution of Net Zero

By Ying Tsui-mei

United Daily News, April 1, 2022

 

Before the end of March, the National Development Council (NDC) hastened to unveil a road map for Taiwan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, revealing various items of ideal goals but lacking feasible measures. Scholars criticized that the road map provided targets but no bullets, and industry and commerce associations also thought that it was an unachievable fantasy story. The road map is merely a perfunctory document. People may feel indifferent to the road map, thinking 2050 is far away, but is it really so?

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From: https://vip.udn.com/vip/story/122366/6208627

Featured Editorial
A media commentator ridicules that the nomination of Hsing Tai-chao, who has defended the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and combated the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) as a profession, as prosecutor-general was completely expected.
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How Did Prosecutor-General Quickly Rise through the Ranks?

United Daily News Editorial, March 31, 2022

 

President Tsai Ing-wen sent the prosecutor-general's nomination letter to the Legislative Yuan today. It is no surprise that the current chief prosecutor of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office, Hsing Tai-chao, was nominated. Since the Tsai administration took office, Mr. Hsing can be said to have had "triple jump" promotion. In July 2016, he served as chief prosecutor of the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. In February 2020, he was promoted to chief prosecutor of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office. It has only been two years when he was nominated as the prosecutor-general of the Supreme Prosecutors Office. For Mr. Hsing to become the nation’s top prosecutor, it is already a done deal.

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From: https://udn.com/news/story/11091/6206478

This Week in Taiwan
The pandemic situation in Taiwan has been heating up recently, presenting the dilemma of elimination or co-existence.
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March 27: During her remarks at an event in Chiayi, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that from the Russian-Ukrainian war, people see the importance of drones, and the government is planning to make Chiayi an important bastion for aerospace drones. The Chiayi County Government is planning an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) artificial intelligence (AI) innovation research and development center, which will begin operations in August. In the future, the center will cooperate with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology to develop Taiwan's UAV industry. 
 
March 29: In a world cup bread contest held in France, the Chinese Taipei delegation representing Taiwan comprising Wu Chi-ching, Li Chung-wei, and Hsu Shao-huan defeated contestants from France, the Netherlands, and other nations, successfully winning the championship. It is the first time that Taiwanese bakery players have won a team championship after Wu Pao-chun, Wang Peng-chie, and other players won individual championships. 
 
March 30: The National Development Council announced Taiwan's path to net-zero carbon emissions in 2050. No coal-fired plants will be built starting 2025; air pollution will be reduced by 30 percent in 2020, and a budget of nearly NT$900 billion (about US$31.3 billion) will be invested in the next eight years, driving private investment of more than NT$4 trillion (about US$139.4 billion). 
 
April 1: The Southeast Cement Corporation in Kaohsiung demolished a 17-storey cement storage tank in the afternoon, knocking it down with an excavator. But the tank collapsed in the wrong direction, instantly crushing a high-voltage power tower of the Taiwan Power Company, causing the High Speed Rail at Zuoying Station to be paralyzed in both directions. For emergency repairs, the Taiwan Railways also lost powers, affecting more than a hundred trains and 120,000 passengers. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications will seek reparations from Southeast Cement.
 
April 1: The Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, announced that domestic air fares will increase between 2.8 and 6.6 percent. Most of the new fares from the main island of Taiwan to Kinmen will increase more than NT$100 (about US$3.48). 
 
April 1: The Status Act for Indigenous Peoples provides that only those who obtain the indigenous surname of the father or mother or a traditional name may obtain indigenous status. The Constitutional Court found the law unconstitutional for violating the constitutional principle of protecting indigenous identity and guaranteeing ethnic equality. Relevant agencies should revise the law as soon as possible within two years. An estimated 95,000 people would be eligible to claim indigenous status. 
 
April 2: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a special account for Ukraine relief, calling for donations from the public by April 1. The disaster relief foundation on April 2 announced that a total of NT$944.68 million (about US$32.9 million) was raised and will be handed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage for relief purposes. 
 
April 3: The pandemic situation in Taiwan continues to heat up. On April 2, there were 404 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including 160 local cases and 244 imported cases, and on April 3 280 new confirmed cases, including 183 local and 97 imported. There are 10 unknown sources of inflation in Taiwan and 52 cases pending investigation. 
 
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company recently announced that it will launch alternating work groups and shifts, work from home, and remote work mechanisms. VIS, United Microelectronics (UMC), and Innolux followed suit and will begin alternating work groups and shifts starting April 6 after the long weekend holiday.
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