Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (???) elaborated on his government's policy of making Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025 and the many challenges that remain on the road to that goal, in an interview with the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun published Sunday.
Asked why Taiwan wants to implement a nuclear-free policy, Lee said that there has been a radical change in public opinion that has tilted toward a nuclear-free policy since the March 11 2011, earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and led to a nuclear accident that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate the region around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
In addition, after Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party took office in May, it reaffirmed its goal of phasing out nuclear power by 2025 and the policy of promoting renewable energy, according to Lee.
Related measures will be formulated and more investment will be poured into the energy sector as long as the policy objective is ensured, Lee said.
Asked whether Taiwan is pressed for time to meet the goal of creating a nuclear-free homeland by 2025, while at the same time ensuring stable power supplies, Lee said that the government is seeking alternative sources, such as solar energy and wind power, to offset the 14 percent share of electricity generated by nuclear power, as well as finding methods for the final disposal of radioactive waste.
The report said that the government led by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) plans to expand solar energy capacity by investing NT$1.2 trillion in the sector by 2025, which is expected to create 100,000 jobs.
The report also cited Chung Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Chairman Chiang Yi-fu (???), who said that the nuclear-free policy goal will only be achieved after consumers' awareness of energy saving is raised, companies become more willing to cut energy consumption, and the government launches preferential measures to encourage efficient energy use.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel