EPA eyes reclassifying carbon dioxide: minister


TAIPEI–The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is considering listing carbon dioxide as an air pollutant if the Legislature does not pass a key environmental law in its current session, EPA Minister Stephen Shen said yesterday. Shen said the EPA would propose an amendment to the Air Pollution Protection Act that would classify carbon dioxide as an air pollutant, as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the country.

Since 2006, the EPA has been pushing for passage of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA), but the bill has been stalled in the Legislature because of concerns over its impact on industry.

Shen disclosed the EPA’s backup plan at a legislative hearing in response to a question on Taiwan’s recent ranking of 17th in the world and ninth in Asia in terms of its carbon footprint.