Monday, April 19, 2010

Best way to cut carbon emissions - More Public Transit

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Instead of imposing a carbon tax to cut carbon emissions, the government should put greater emphasis on improving the energy efficiency of vehicles and encouraging the use of public transportation, Vice Premier Eric Liluan Chu said Monday.

In an interview with a local cable TV station, the vice premier, who heads a carbon emissions reduction committee under the Executive Yuan, said a carbon tax is one option to curb the consumption of fossil fuels, but the government's overall strategy remains the most important factor in the effort.

"Limiting the emissions of vehicles, encouraging the use of electric vehicles, enhancing the efficiency of public transportation, and extending rapid transit systems" would be more effective than imposing carbon taxes or congestion pricing, according to Chu.