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Public positive about carbon reduction efforts: poll

2010/06/24 15:38:14

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) More than half of the respondents to arecent survey support the government's carbon reduction policy, whilenearly 70 percent agree that the campaign has obtained noticeableresults on school campuses, according to the results of the surveyreleased Thursday.

Fifty-six percent of the respondents said they support thegovernment's listing of "reducing carbon emissions" high on itsagenda, while 68.8 percent said they are satisfied with thegovernment's efforts to promote the campaign in schools, the surveyconducted by the Cabinet- level Research, Development and EvaluationCommission (RDEC) shows.

Some 57.7 percent of the respondents said they are happy with thegovernment's work to improve foreign relations through carbonreduction cooperation, ahead of 57.2 percent who praised thegovernment's research and training on green energy. About 53 percenteach are positive about its restrictions on companies' carbonemission levels and its efforts to promote green buildings.

Eighty-four percent said they manage to follow the government'sguidelines on reducing carbon emissions in their daily lives, such asswitching off lights, using public rather than private transport,reducing the use of air conditioning, installing water and light-saving devices and recycling.

At the same time, 89 percent said they back the Cabinet'sestablishment of a committee to more effectively implement carbonreduction practices among all government agencies.

However, 47.4 percent expressed dissatisfaction with thegovernment's performance in decreasing the number of motorcycles andother privately owned vehicles on the roads, and 45.6 percent said ithas not done enough to lower greenhouse gas emissions in residentialcommunities.

The RDEC carried out the survey June 8-9 and collected 1,102valid samples. It had a margin of error of less than 2.95 percentagepoints.

(By M.C. Lee and Flor Wang)