1. Promotion and Management of Kinmen County Greenhouse Gas Control Implementation Plan
The "Kinmen Low Carbon Island setting up Project" had been completed by the end of 2018, and six flagship projects of low-carbon islands was implemented to promote carbon reduction in different fields such as energy, energy conservation, construction, transportation, and environmental protection. In 2019, the Environmental Protection Bureau (KMEPB) drafted the "Kinmen County Greenhouse Gas Control Implementation Plan", which was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 16, 2019. In order to continue to promote the Kinmen Low-Carbon Island Project, the Environmental Protection Agency integrated the "Kinmen County Greenhouse Gas Control Implementation Plan" into the "The Second Phase Kinmen Low Carbon Island Project" and sent it to the Executive Yuan for review and approval on November 20, 2019.
In 2020, 19 promotion strategies and 55 specific measures should be handled, and a total of 46 implementation plans should be managed. As the end of November 2020, there were only 10 implementation plans that were lag behind. Also, this project assisted in the "Kinmen County Government Low-Carbon Sustainable Homeland Promotion Group Meeting" for a total of four committee meetings, assisted the KMEPB to attend the "Kinmen Low Carbon Island Promotion Group" for a total of two meetings, and assisted in organizing "experts and scholars consultation meetings". Moreover, it followed up the objectives to log in to "Low Carbon Sustainable Information Network" to report the work status of the Low Carbon project and its promotion effectiveness before June 30 and December 30, respectively.
2. Counseling and Transformation of Low-Carbon Community and Evaluation of the Assessment of Low-Carbon Sustainable Homeland Rating Certification
Kinmen County has a total of six townships and thirty-seven villages within its jurisdiction. By the end of November 2020, statistics showed there were thirty-five villages in Kinmen County participating in the assessment of the Low Carbon Sustainable Homeland certification, two achieved silver certificate, eleven out of all achieved bronze certificates, and twenty-two out of all successfully registered. In township level, among six townships in Kinmen County, two out of six signed up to participate in the certificate, and three of all accomplished bronze certificates. Notably, Kinmen County succeeded in a silver certificate on February 18th in 2019. It is worth mentioning that, among the Taiwanese village participation rate, Kinmen County owned a 95% participation rate, which ranked second in the country. A 100% participation rate would be expected if the Wuqiu Township was excluded. Furthermore, as discussed in the bronze level, Kinmen County has more than 30% of villages reached this goal and placed the third in the country.
This project held a briefing about the assessment and rating system of the Low Carbon Sustainable Homeland certification. Based on each community's characteristics and foresight acquired from the community consulting institution in 2019, this project counseled 9 qualified communities, focusing on ecological greening, green energy saving, resource recycling and low-carbon life. It has promoted 13 action items in total, and is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 0.18 metric tons per year, and 0.66 metric tons of carbon sequestration.
The aim of the implementation of the counseling of action project is to promote administrative units at all levels to participate in the low-carbon sustainable homeland certification rating and strive for a better rating. In order to advance the evaluation of low-carbon sustainable homeland certification in Kinmen County, this project counseled “Sanwai Village in Jinhu Township,” which has the highest potential for silver certification to obtain the silver prize. The Eastern Life circle scheduled on-site survey on August 19 in 2020. The actual score of the silver on-site survey was 243 points, with a score rate of 82%, and obtained silver certification on September 15, 2020. This project also assisted two participating communities- Xian'an Village in Jincheng Town and Hupu Village in Jinning Township to apply for bronze certification, the actual score of the bronze was 91 points and 89 points, with a score rate of 82% and 80%, and obtained bronze certification on December 24, 2020.
Also, the subsidized unit must regularly check its maintenance and operation. Therefore, this project checked the maintenance and operation of the fourteen subsidized action projects that the KMEPB subsidized in 2018 to ensure that the community continues to promote low-carbon measures. Moreover, this project counseled the 2019 bronze level township or village to apply for an extension. By now, there are two successful extension cases, and one failed, which will resubmit for bronze application in 2021.
3. Promote climate change education, training and advocacy
In recent years, the extreme climate caused by global warming and climate change has reached a point that cannot be ignored, and the world has also faced unprecedented challenges. In order to understand the knowledge related to energy saving and carbon reduction, as well as mitigation and adjustment, this project held 1 session of "Building Energy Conservation Diagnostic Training Course", 1 session of "Climate Change Adaptation Related Training Course", 1 session of "Climate Change Adaptation Promotion Activity", 2 sessions of "Citizen Power Plant Community Training Course", 2 sessions of "Energy-saving Kitchen-Low-Carbon Diet Practical Workshop" and 1 session of "Rated and Certified High-Performance Village Observation Activities", with a total of 360 people participating together, by training environmental knowledge and talents to achieve the goal of delivering the low-carbon sustainable homeland policy, the concept of Kinmen low-carbon island can take root in the minds of residents and cultivate a low-carbon lively culture.
4. Promote the Verification of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Registration
According to the 2020 "Performance Evaluation Principles of Local Environmental Protection Organs in Promoting Actions in Response to Climate Change," if the number of the restricted business is less than ten, an inspection of greenhouse gas emission sources should be carried out in the jurisdiction and make up for the amount. Since there were three limited companies declared in Kinmen County, on-site inspections will be conducted for the rest of seven companies with stationary pollution permits. Besides, this project fulfilled the system registration completion check of the item of "Source of the greenhouse gas emission source" (i.e., the restricted objects) on the "National Greenhouse Gas Registration Platform." Furthermore, this project also carried out on-site inspections of the annual reports of the three limited businesses, counted the total emissions of about 221,510 tons of CO2e in 2019, and implemented the on-site inspection of the emission data on seven companies. Not only that, the seven companies should act by the agency's stipulated period to submit the "Site Checklist for Stationary Pollution Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions" to complete the maintenance and verification of the system list. In 2019, the seven emission sources with stationary pollution source permits have checked a total of 42,118.77 metric tons of CO2e.
5. Administrative Management Procedures
(1) Purchase of propaganda
The project cooperates with several conference activities or briefing sessions, combined with the content and practicality of the event, and 285 pieces of propaganda products purchased and sent during the events after the resolution of the KMEPB.
(2) Manage community websites and green blogs
The project assisted the KMEPB in managing community websites and green blogs, updating articles or news about energy conservation and carbon reduction on the Green Web blog, and sharing it by using the existing "tweet button" on the Facebook fan page created by the KMEPB. By the end of November, there were fifty-eight articles or news related to energy conservation and carbon reduction updated on the Green Web blog.