Red Brick Daily
Following the December 17th, 2017 protests in both Taichung and Kaohsiung where thousands rallied against this year’s extra horrific air quality, the KHH City Gov’t released a press notice highlighting its progress in 2016 and detailing some plans for 2017. Here are some of the plans, roughly translated from Chinese:
- The city says this year more people than ever used public transportation. ‘Free-til-Feb’ scheme is just part of KHH’s efforts to get more people to switch to public transport. “(in 2017) The growth rate of public buses was 7.8%, that of road passenger transport increased by 33.1%, that of light rail increased by 36.8% and that of MRT increased by 23.3%. An initial estimate puts the figure at a reduction of about 2,304 tonnes of CO2.”
- KHH EPA supports “gradual” increases in fines/charges for polluting industries — city plans to follow elements of Hong Kong’s current policies.
- City will do a better job getting polluting vehicles off the roads.
- By July 2017, heavy industries in KHH must all be 100% compliant with newer regulations.
- Port and shipping to use cleaner oil/fuel and electricity sources when at port. (All photos via KHH City Gov’t)