Business platform to promote the switch to electric scooters

  • By Lo Chi and William Hetherington/staff reporter, with a staff writer

A carbon credit trading platform to encourage people to replace aging scooters with electric scooters is due to start on Friday next week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced yesterday.

The program rewards people with a carbon credit certificate and NT$2,000 for each electric motorcycle they purchase to replace a conventional scooter that is 14 years old or older. Credits can be traded on dedicated platforms and pay annual dividends.

Institutions and government agencies purchase the certificates for different amounts, with Hsinchu Science Park Administration offering NT$1,500 per certificate and Hsinchu County Environmental Protection Bureau offering NT$2,000 per certificate. the EPA said.

Photo: Lo Chi, Taipei Times

A gasoline-powered scooter produces around 2.3 tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which can be eliminated from the environment if replaced with an electric scooter, he said.

Those who replace their scooters before the end of the year can apply at https://epamotor.epa.gov.tw to receive a certificate, as well as choose a platform to use it on, he said. .

Once a transaction is verified by the EPA, the certificate payment would be issued within one month, he added.

“So far this year, 5,700 people have sold certificates directly to the EPA for NT$1,000 each,” said EPA Climate Change Bureau Director Tsai Ling-yi (蔡玲儀).

The administration of Hsinchu Science Park said it plans to purchase 100,000 carbon certificates for electric scooters over the next two years at NT$1,500 per certificate, and the County Environmental Protection Bureau of Hsinchu estimates that he would purchase 400 certificates for NT$2,000 each.

As 40,000 to 50,000 electric scooters are purchased and registered in Hsinchu every year, the number of certificates the county and science park plan to acquire would meet public demand, he said.

“There are 14 million scooters and motorcycles in Taiwan, but only 4% are electric,” said EPA Deputy Minister Shen Chih-hsiu (沈志修). “If we are to meet the government’s carbon targets by 2050, we need to take all petrol scooters built before 2007 off the road.”

Shen said the EPA is focusing on older two-wheeled motor vehicles first, but will also promote the purchase of hybrid and electric cars.

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