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CPC hosts the Taiwan Smart Green Energy Forum: Highlighting its leading role in developing the wider use of electric vehicles

CPC hosts the Taiwan Smart Green Energy Forum:  Highlighting its leading role in developing the wider use of electric vehicles


14 June 2018

CPC Corporation, Taiwan (CPC) hosted the Taiwan Smart Green Energy Forum at its Taipei office building on 9 May, combining with it the launching ceremony for its new initiative themed as “Green Energy: Dedicated, Smart, Innovative”. Those invited to attend and participate in the project included experts from the fields of energy production and R&D, along with the relevant governmental bodies. The initiative aims to chart the most appropriate development strategy for ground-breaking smart green energy applications, and the intention is that CPC, as a state-owned enterprise, will play a leading role in coordinating national policies aiming to promote the comprehensive development and wider use of electric vehicles.

In welcoming the distinguished guests and all present, CPC Chairman Tai Chein affirmed the company’s willingness to play a leading role in realizing the government’s energy policy objectives. As an example, over 1,000 CPC-branded gas stations throughout Taiwan will be equipped to also function as both EV charging sites and distributed renewable energy producers. But the country’s transformative change to a new power paradigm would necessitate realignment of some elements in CPC’s overall corporate strategy.

Premier William Lai delivered the Forum’s keynote speech, in which he emphasized first of all that the success of the government’s transformative national energy policy, which takes into account achieving both a stable power supply and a non-nuclear homeland in 2025 and at the same time sets the goal of abating air pollution, will require the joint efforts of both government and the people.

In the context of the international community being already active in promoting transportation that does not use fossil fuel, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has coordinated the views of the relevant bodies – including the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Council of Agriculture and local government – on amending the Air Pollution Prevention Act and has presented them to the Legislative Yuan for their consideration in the process of expanding the regulatory area.

The Premier also emphasized that the Legislative Yuan's third reading of the amendments to the Electricity Industry Law expressly requires that the three existing nuclear power plants be decommissioned as scheduled by 2024 and the goal of a non-nuclear homeland be attained by 2025. Further, the Executive Yuan has proposed an inter-ministerial Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan, the policy objectives of which include: full-scale conversion of official vehicles to electric power in 2030; prohibition of the sale of solely conventionally-powered motorcycles in 2035; and a ban on the sale of solely gasoline-powered passenger cars in 2040. When it comes to the control part, measures such as emission reduction will be proposed so as to reduce the air pollution problem at source. Additionally, government will continue to subsidize converting industrial oil-fired boilers to natural gas, as well as to set forth guidelines for restaurant kitchens in controlling soot emissions. Finally, there will be a plan for the phased elimination of two-stroke motorcycles, diesel-engined buses and large trucks; and for scrapping old vehicles.

The Premier went on to make the point that government policy aimed at reducing pollution would inevitably affect the future direction of CPC’s operations. He affirmed that the company’s proactive development of smart energy technology in response to the innovative transformation of Taiwan’s national energy policy has not only helped avoid any shock to the system from that initiative, but has also made a contribution to that same governmental energy policy and so created a win-win situation. In government circles they hope that the public and private sectors can work together in developing the electric vehicle industry; for their part, his colleagues in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and other concerned entities will continue discussions on that issue with the auto parts industry. In fact, said the Premier in closing, along with the linked initiatives of implementing transformative energy policies, reducing pollution and creating opportunities for new industrial development, his administration’s agenda included such related items as protecting public health, further integrating with the international community and promoting Taiwan’s overall industrial development.