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EPA echoes Tang Prize winners' call to cut greenhouse gases

2018/06/18 21:28:23

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Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday echoed a call by winners of the Tang Prize to reduce greenhouse emissions, saying Taiwan intends to cut emissions by 2050 to half the 2005 level.

EPA deputy chief Chan Shun-kuei (詹順貴) said the agency will review the Air Pollution Control Act and Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act to make sure the goal can be met.

He said Taiwan has sped up the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perflourodecalins (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.

Chan's remarks came after James Hansen and Veerabhadran Ramanathan were announced as the winners of the 2018 Tang Prize in sustainable development earlier in the day for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the Earth's sustainability.

Hansen and Ramanathan were honored for their rigorous scientific inquiry that focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and candid public discussion of climate science that has led to action for the benefit of humanity, according to Liu Chao-Han (劉兆漢), a fellow of Academia Sinica, at the announcement event.

Liu said Taiwan, along with every other country in the world, should fight against global warming together by cutting greenhouse gases.

(By Chen Chih-chung, Yu Hsiao-han and Lee Hsin-Yin)