The air pollution control program of construction in New Taipei City, with an
execution period of 12 months and comprising a team of 22 people, has been completed
on schedule. The program is subdivided into the following eight categories: data
collection and strategy formulation, collection and management of the air pollutioncontrol fee, management and promotion of the online reporting system, on-site inspection,
the cloud self-management system for construction engineering management, construction
machinery noise control, policy promotion, and QA/QC.
In respect of data collection and strategy formulation, effort has been put into
establishing a pollution reporting system connecting constructors of all levels. The top ten
development companies of the city, subcontractors and builders have all been invited to
participate in the above-mentioned system. The environmental evaluation of ongoing
projects in the city has also been put under scrutiny; after much effort directed at guidance
and negotiation, the reduction rate for most projects has reached over 50%. The noise
control features of this program focus on the implementation of noise reduction measures
at the perimeter of the construction sites as well as noise reduction itself. In areas like
Bali, Xinzhuang, Xindian, and Tucheng where construction pollution has been higher than
other localities, construction projects that have done poorly in terms of their rate of
pollution reduction have been closely scrutinized for their implementation of pollution
prevention measures on the construction sites so as to increase the overall reduction rate.
The collection and management of the air pollution control fee is based on the
user-pay concept. During the implementation period, a total of 3,706 construction projects
paid the air pollution control fee, with the average collecting rate for monthly air control
fees being more than 80%. For the convenience of the public, SMS notifications, a
suggestion box and pollution control fee pamphlets are provided.
The online reporting system has been developed in accordance with the goal of
“E-operation” and “improvement in public satisfaction”. The online reporting for payment
of air pollution control fees has been successfully introduced. In addition to that, training
sessions for online payment of air pollution control fees have been held.
In regard to on-site inspection, the electronic operating system for inspections has
expanded its functions and has been facilitated with a new inspection dispatch mechanism
system. On-site inspections have been conducted 12,260 times, achieving 79.8% of the
total control rate. To improve the pollution reduction rate in areas of concern, 28
construction projects in the eight controlled areas have been listed for close surveillance.
The monitoring of high pollution projects, the requirement for pipeline construction
projects to prevent airborne dust, the obligation for a clean-up to follow the completion ofconstruction, the establishment of a rotating system for guidance and supervision to help
poorly performing projects, and the promotion of construction road adoption are among
the measures put in place for pollution control. These measures have helped reduce
22,783.5 tons of fugitive dust from construction projects, which translates to a cut in the
total pollution rate by 64.0%, the highest ever, indicating that the control strategies have
already yielded positive results.
As regards the cloud self-management system for construction engineering, a large
expansion was seen in the number of projects and the number of photos uploaded. In
addition, there is an alert function in the system and an administrative module. During this
year’s implementation of the program, 559 construction sites have joined in the cloud
self-management system for construction engineering and events have been held to
promote and demonstrate the system.
In the area of noise control of construction machinery, the main purpose has been to
promote the noise reduction measures in construction engineering machinery, to highlight
four cases where the goal of noise reduction has been achieved through consultation, and
to measure the volume of construction machinery in operation. Noise prevention
consultative meetings have also been held. During the inspection process, laws concerning
noise control and regulations on operating hours have been reiterated, in a bid to avoid
any disturbance to the neighborhood.
In terms of policy promotion, 4 meetings concerning pollution reduction and 2
promotional seminars on the regulations were held, each with a different theme and
objective. These meetings reiterated some key points regarding air pollution control in the
construction industry, and introduced various projects launched by the Environmental
Protection Bureau. The promotional measures included printing and distribution of
brochures. Moreover, the construction pollution control website has been established for
convenient access so as to help the public to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date
information. In order to gain an understanding of the public’s awareness of the operation
of the air pollution fee reporting system, as well as to collect relevant suggestions for the
implementation of improvements, a questionnaire survey has been conducted with 628
valid samples being returned.