The main tasks of this project are the promotion of low-carbon sustainable homeland activities, including: operationalization of the Hsinchu City Government's Low-carbon Sustainable Homeland Promotion Team, operation and continuing strengthening of the low-carbon sustainable homeland operation system and its surveillance project, consulting services provided to the low-carbon demonstration community, implementation of the certification and rating program for low-carbon sustainable homeland, implementation of the inspection program for charging stations of electric scooters, assistance related to participation in ICLEI activities, and conducts of relevant media affairs. The implementation period for this project is February 13 to December 31, 2018, with a total budget of NT$5.325 million. Summary of results for the implementation of this project are provided as follows.
The project has organized the 27th meeting of Hsinchu City Government’s Low-carbon Sustainable Homeland Promotion Team. In order for the Team to understand the city’s various functions of the low-carbon sustainable homeland promotion activities and facilitate the conducts of onsite visits, experts from the industries and academia were invited to the meeting to provide relevant advices and practical recommendations to assist in the implementation of the city's greenhouse gas reduction implementation program. Two consultation meetings were held on August 13 and November 26 respectively, between the various departments and agencies of the city government, to discuss the contents of the draft GHG reduction implementation program, and participating officials were asked to present highlighted projects of their respective departments.
Regarding the operation and continuing strengthening of the low-carbon sustainable homeland operation system and its surveillance activities, a meeting of the consultation team was held on November 9 to discuss the operational technology and information for the greening of the northern residential community. A green wall promotion and certification program, and a 2018 Hsinchu City Implementation Status Report were generated through this meeting.
For the provision of consultation service to the low-carbon communities, this year, the Green Roof Module was launched to encourage members of the public to participate in the customized aerial garden.6 low-carbon improvement projects were implemented at the villages, mainly related to the establishment of green roofs, green walls, bicycle racks and passive fans. These projects are expected to increase greening and reduce electricity consumption in the community. The estimated annual benefits and savings resulted from implementing these projects include reduction of carbon emissions by 79.8 kg CO2e, carbon sequestration of 25,509.3 kg CO2e, water saving of 35 tonnes, and creation of 290.3 m2 green space. In addition, in conjunction with the certification program for the low-carbon sustainable homeland projects implemented by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), the project completed analysis of the potentials for implementation of low-carbon sustainable homeland activities in Hsinchu City at the village, district, and community levels. In addition, the project also assisted the Qianjia Villiage of East District to acquire EPA’s Silver-level certification and assisted the Shilin Village of North District and Keyuan Villiage of East District to submit their implementation results to the EPA for certification consideration.
On the climate change education part of the project, educational plans were developed for different types of board games such as Noah's Ark, Penguin Knocking, Jungle Defence and Marine Defence. The ideas for developing these games are to let players experience reality through the games, rebalance the distribution of power, consider their linkages with social issues, and turn environmental challenges into positive energy to change the current status. Through the games, participants are encouraged to exchange and discuss their views on the environment and foster mutual consensus for taking actions. This project also organized three climate change education events and two demonstration activities with a total participation of 241 people.
The project has also been conducting periodic inspections of electric scooter charging stations, and providing relevant usage records to the City’s Environmental Protection Bureau every month. For the query system on the City’s App, information regarding the City’s phase-out of scooters using 2-stroke engines and provision of subsidies for new purchases of electric scooters were added in 2018, to provide more information to the users and purchasers of electric scooters.
Regarding the project’s provision of assistance to media affairs, in order to promote the implementation low-carbon sustainable homeland project, a press conference on “Kick off of the 2018 Subsidies Related to Low-carbon Sustainable Homeland Project” was held on June 12. The project also provided administrative assistance and press information related to the first meeting of the city’s low-carbon community building working group and the forum on low-carbon community building. In addition, the project also collected information related to similar low-carbon community building activities in other cities and counties.