2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (EDN) focuses on "climate action", emphasizing that while facing a climate emergency, we should take proactive action such as reducing the carbon footprint of food, green cities, citizen scientists, and waste reduction. As the most pressing environmental issue to mitigate, Taiwan starts "comprehensive action" as its annual theme, shouting the slogan "I got your covered, Earth". Primarily focusing on four topics, "waste management", "ecological conservation", "climate change", and " sustainable diet”, this project is based on the existing achievements of Pingtung County further to integrate domestic and foreign sustainable development goals for the low-carbon homes. However, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the original schedule has some delay in site surveys or interviews. After putting efforts, all projects have been completed by December 25, 2021, as follow:
1. Energy conservation counseling for residential and commercial departments (including communities, schools, and offices of public sectors ), referring from the guidelines of GHG inventory and operations, the website "Pingtung County Residential and Commercial Departments and Schools Energy Reporting Network" was created for people to fill in their data, then the GHG emissions can be automatically estimated. There is an attachment area to let people upload for discussion and review. Our team went to Carrefour, prison, and the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Pingtung on July 30 and August 3 for energy conservation counseling and to provide a counseling proposal for energy conservation potential assessment. If these three units follow the suggestions put forward, they can have a 5.21 million kWh energy conservation and reduce 2,700 metric tons of CO2e a year. The number of 14,100 tons that National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium's GHG emission was submitted to "Pingtung County Residential and Commercial Departments and Schools Energy Reporting Network" for the reference of Pingtung County Low-Carbon Sustainable Home Project.
We completed 4 energy-saving demonstration sites, Pengcuo, Lishe, Renli, and Milun Village, which can save about 3,200 kWh of electricity and reduce carbon by about 1.65 tons of CO2e. After renovating with the low-carbon sustainable home project, these 4 communities have the potential to get the Bronze certification.
2. The challenges and achievements of integrating T-SDG-7 in Pingtung can be used for future policy use. The micro-grid setup has been completed with the Pingtung County Government and the Taipower Company for the administrative procedures in Jiamu Village, Wutai Township. All the future maintenance will be operated by Taipower company. We installed PV solar rooftop at Chishan Village to extend the power provide from the existing 2 kW to 6 kW, and this system can generate about 7,344 kWh and reduce about 3.7 tons of CO2e every year.
3. 6 communities were chosen to be the case study for the low-carbon sustainable home project, Renli, Wading, Erlun, Shiguang, Majia, Xuhai Village. The evaluation is carried out that Wading Village will become a case for low-carbon tourism. And Erlun Village will have a farm for ecological education in the community, which can reduce 0.62 tons of CO2.
4. For the administrative cooperation, although meetings were delayed or canceled due to the pandemic. We however still hold the workshop on “Energy Conservation and Low-Carbon Homes for Residential and Commercial Sectors” at the Gangdong Community in Kanding Township on November 8. This workshop explained the certificate for energy-saving and low-carbon homes hoping that Gangdong Village will become the first Bronze-level in Kanding Township. Our team participated in the concert of Zhenliao Wetland on November 13 (Environmental Protection Bureau Annual event, more than 600 people participated) to bring out the "Annual Low-Carbon Sustainable Homeland Bronze Certification and Commendation Activities". This will help more communities to see and be willing to participate in the certificate of low-carbon homes. We went to Waong Community Press Conference for their low-carbon tourism on December 1. Locals were informed of this low-carbon achievement through the actual results and prospects and moreover the experience of the beauty from visiting and understanding sustainable lifeway.