Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) A total of 31 private enterprises have voluntarily joined a government-led initiative to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions in a bid to create a sustainable environment, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Friday.
The businesses, including banks, restaurants and shoe stores, have vowed to adopt green practices such as setting their air conditioners at temperatures no lower than 26 degrees Celsius, the ministry said.
"It is everyone's duty to conserve energy and help reduce carbon emissions, in line with global trends," Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang said at a ceremony to reinforce the “green pledge.”
At the ceremony, Shih also gave awards to 17 supermarkets, department stores and shopping malls that have managed to reach the goal of reducing their electricity consumption by at least 5 percent within three years.
Over the past three years, the total electricity consumption at those enterprises has dropped by 80 million kilowatt hours (kWh), according to the ministry's Bureau of Energy.
With 31 other businesses now on board, an additional decrease of 41.35 million kWh can be expected, the bureau said.
Since the government initiated the project in 2006, there have been some good results, according to Shih.
He said 12,758 stores belonging to 121 enterprises have reduced electricity consumption by a net 1.08 billion kWh, which translates into 686,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions.
"Since we only have one Earth, making green efforts is something that benefits us, others and our planet," Shih said.
(By James Lee)