REGULATION | Staff Reporter, Taiwan

Taiwan mulls over banning fossil fuel use by 2050

Fossil fuel is around 45% of its energy mix.

According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, the country is considering banning the burning of fossil fuels for energy by 2050 as the government continues its ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution, Vice President Chen Chien-jen said.

During his speech at a forum to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Chen discussed Taiwan's heavy reliance on fossil fuels, which account for about 45 percent of the country's energy, but said the government will continue to try and refine the process for burning fossil fuels to make it as clean as possible.

Unlike other countries such as France and Holland which have also vowed to ban fossil fuel production and use, Taiwan cannot depend on nuclear energy or hydroelectricity as a source of energy, the vice president said.

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