In recent years, issues such as global warming, climate change and greenhouse gas control have become global concerns. Preliminary consensus has been reached for Copenhagen Accord proposed on the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The globe will strive for the goal of preventing global temperature from increasing over 2ºC. It is of great urgency to reduce greenhouse gases. Nowadays, major countries in the world actively promote the control and reduction of greenhouse gases. To make Taiwan a sustainable society, the government ratified “Sustainable Energy Policy Convention—Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction Action Plan” in September, 2008 to implement the entire goal of energy saving and carbon reduction. In 2010, it declared the year “energy saving and carbon reduction year,” making 10 benchmark projects in the national “energy saving and carbon reduction plan” and uplifting its goal of carbon reduction. Therefore, each administration departments should follow suit by promoptly taking concrete actions to carry them out. In this regard, Environmental Protection Bureau, Chiayi City, has actively promoted related affairs on energy saving and carbon reduction and cooperated with the development strategies for a low-carbon home proposed by Environmental Protection Agency.
The project was divided into four main tasks on the basis of the contents of the tasks. The results of each task included: (I) organization of activities and conferences: 19 related conferences and activities were held: 1. one signature activity of “10 No-Regret Measures for Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction,” 2. one orientation on achievement registration and operation of “Eco Life website,” 3. thirteen activities on guidance of “energy saving and carbon reduction” and promotion of self-management for utility and water use, 4. one orientation on selection of activity marks, 5. one carnival for guidance and promotion of energy-saving (water, gas, paper), low-carbon transportation, low-carbon diet and low-carbon life; 6. two socials on a low-carbon sustainable home for neighborhood managers. (II) Information Management and Updates: 1. 70 energy saving and carbon reduction activities of related bureaus and offices were held, 2. 25 activities, 151 articles and 1 piece of good news of “Eco Life website” were announced, 3. articles and activities on “Eco Life website” were shared 3,854 and 298 times respectively, 4. residents of Chiayi City were assisted to register their water and utility meters on “Eco Life website,” and 2,589 water numbers and 4,238 utility numbers were registered, 5. blog of “Chiayi, My Home” was established on Facebook with 134 energy saving and carbon reduction related articles being issued; 6. 588 people became fans of Environmental Protection Bureau on Facebook. (III) Marketing Propagation: Completed 1. 360 times (30 seconds/time) of broadcasting announcements, 2. announcements made by 2 colored recycle trucks, 3. proposal of 2,006 propagation samples, 4. rental of 50 electronic bicycles to offer test rides of traffic wardens, tourists in Chiayi City and for public affairs of Environmental Protection Bureau and retrieval of 563 valid questionnaires, (IV) Inspection Guidance and Administration Task: 1. assisted Environmental Protection Bureau and 10 offices of neighborhood managers to complete the submission of “10 No-Regret Measures for Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction” and to conduct the inspection task. The evaluation grades from Environmental Protection Bureau and from co-participation of villages and neighborhoods won full marks, 2. guided 5 units to participate in the selection of activity marks, and one of which won excellent award and 2 others was awarded certificates of merit; 3. assisted one district office (East District) and 8 neighborhoods to complete the guidance activities for energy saving and carbon reduction and assisted the application of related documents. The task achievement rate of the project is shown on table 1.
The project has completed related tasks and their contents. Through the activities on carbon reduction, the importance of greenhouse gas reduction, concepts and awareness of energy saving and carbon reduction were transmitted to the public. The public who showed great enthusiasm were taught the methods of energy saving and water conservation which were related to their daily life. By doing so, the public knew how to implement energy saving and carbon reduction spontaneously in their everyday life, and the goal of making everyone carry out energy saving and carbon reduction could thus be achieved. Through the maintenance, management and updates on Eco Life website, the tasks and achievements of energy saving and carbon reduction promoted by Environmental Proteciton Bureau, Chiayi City, could be concretely presented on Eco Life. By marketing propagation, 10 no-regret measures, promotion of low-carbon transportation and subsidy projects were announced to the public. Moreover, through the distribution of propagation samples, people’s incentives to participate in the activities of energy saving and carbon reduction were increased. Through inspection guidance and administration task, Environmental Protection Bureau and 10 neighborhoods were assisted to concretely implement the 10 no-regret measures, districts and neighborhoods were subsidized to hold guidance activities for energy saving and carbon reduction, and 5 units were guided to participate in the selection of action marks for the purpose of enhancing their eco-awareness.
Each task of the project, under the active participation of Chiayi City residents in energy saving and carbon reduction related activities, has gradually transmitted the concepts of energy saving and carbon reduction to every corner of the city. Each resident can be an advocate of energy saving and carbon reduction to accelerate the pace of Chiayi City toward “Green Energy City and Low-Carbon Home.”