The Pingtung Low Carbon and Sustainable Home project aims to bring Pingtung County towards a low-carbon county. Through the guidance of the team, assisting the townships and communities in participating in the Environmental Protection Agency's Low-Carbon Sustainable Home Certification so that the county can follow the work of its own development and goals, while in line with the central policy, and at the same time improve the county's low-carbon sustainable certification rating.
The implementation of the plan includes technical consulting and counseling, administrative assistance for the coordination of work across bureaus, and information integration. The implementation period of this plan is from February 24, 2021, to December 23, 2021. The summary of the implementation of the project is described as follows:
1. The operation and execution of low-carbon sustainable homes project
This plan has been reported to the online platform of EPA's low-carbon and sustainable home evaluation on June 29 and December 28 for the implementation results of this year.
The list of the technical review team of the Southern part for 2021 was compiled by Tainan City on April 19 and submitted to the EPA on April 29. Pingtung County has 4 members in the technical review team under the management, and all 4 are also members of the rating review group. We participated with these 4 members in a meeting of the technical and consultation on July 22.
Cooperating with the Southern part, we attended and shared the current implementation of this year and the follow-up promotion plan to a meeting of the Southern on May 6.
2. Promote the implementation plan of greenhouse gas control in Pingtung County
The first cross bureaus meeting was held on April 12. This meeting was mainly aimed at promoting the county's sustainable development goals and discussing the second phase of the greenhouse gas control plan for the relevant bureaus to discuss.
The second cross bureaus meeting was held on December 16. Not only present the current progress after the previous meeting to the bureaus, but this meeting also discussed the county's sustainable development charter and voluntary local report with the bureaus. To effectively promote GHG control, we invited Professor Lian from Kaohsiung University to explain the country's net-zero emission policy and give us some feedback for the reduction strategy to reach the second-phase GHG reduction target.
While completing the evaluation of 2020 sustainable implementation of governance, the information collected from bureaus with their energy-saving and carbon-reduction results has an annual outcome and benefits, such as the Transportation and Tourism Department, the Indigenous People's Department, the Social Department, the Marine and Fishery Affairs Office, and the Environmental Protection Bureau.
In order to prepare the second phase of the GHG control plan of the county and the review report of the first phase, this project has two meetings to present the results and future plan to all bureaus by the "Pingtung County Low-Carbon Homeland Sustainable Development Promotion Committee Meeting". The review report for the first phase was completed and submitted to the EPA on November 30 after being adjusted with bureaus and departments.
3. Assisting communities to get the certification of low-carbon sustainable homes
The goal of this year is to assist 10 communities in successfully registering with 3 to get the bronze-level certification. 14 communities have registered at the end of 2021. Unlike the low participation in previous, 10 communities has a 100% participation this year. Moreover, 4 communities got the bronze-level certification with Shiguang in Jiadong Township, Yushui in Jiuru Township, Xuhai in Mudan Township, and Xintian in Linluo Township. The verification of the certification has been completed on July 27 and August 5 and the results of the environment and equipment maintenance are all in good condition.
Keeping the certification of low-carbon and sustainable homes in Pingtung County, after completing the number of the annual goal, we further assisted Sankuai Village in Jiuru Township to submit a silver-level application. The result was out on December 10, 2021, and the Sankuai Village has successfully reached the silver-level certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The result encouraged us to go find out 22 communities that have the potential to get the certification.
4. Community Counseling
12 communities need to be checked this year and were done in April 2021. The results were mostly in good condition. Just a few lights need maintenance. 5 communities have achieved bronze level certification and 8 low-carbon construction have been done in the Improving Project for communities. Having 3 constructions on "promoting green wall planting", with 2 hedges and 1 shed, get 9 points for the evaluation of green building projects (the full score of the evaluation score is 6 points). All construction in this year has completed the acceptance check.
5. Cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote the GHG inventory registration and verification operation
According to the performance evaluation method of 2021, the plan will prioritize the large-scale emission households in the manufacturing sector with fixed pollution source licenses, and the large-scale households and transportation sector with a contracted capacity of more than 800 kW. 15 data will be completed before October 31 and the results showed that none of the 15 public or private sites meet the requirements this year. After compiling the inspection results, the list that needs to be checked was submitted on November 4, as well as the 15 on-site inspection tables and results of the stationary pollution sources of GHG emissions of the year.
6. Enhancing Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
Our team went to the indigenous tribe in Majia Township and Shizi Township to have a workshop for community-based adaptation to climate change on September 16 and October 6. Professor Chen from Pingtung University of Science and Technology gave a lesson to climate change and adaptation strategies, through Participatory Capacity and Vulnerabilities Analysis and "Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change". Participants are put into groups to discuss and integrate the resources of the community to find out the strategies that are in line with the current situation.
After the workshop, according to the adaptation strategies proposed by the participants, community represents discussed installing lightning protection devices and rain gauges. All devices were completed on December 15, and a sign for the community to understand the benefits.
7. The promotion of low-carbon sustainable homes
Each year, we have community observation and learning activities. This year was on April 20 and December 17. We invited those communities that haven't got the low-carbon certifications to visit communities in other cities that are committed to energy conservation and reduction for carbon, low-carbon living, and environmental protection.
We also maintain a website, Low-Carbon Sustainable Home Action Network, for Pingtung County, 60 news has been released about low-carbon and sustainable and a piece of conference information.
8. Administrative cooperation
Our team assisted the Environmental Protection Bureau to participate in the meeting of "Future Development of Environmental Protection" on February 25. And we participate with EPB in the "Annual Subsidy to Local Governments to Handle the Implementation Plan for Climate Change Key Points Explanation Meeting" on April 22. We held a workshop of Pingtung GHG control and Sustainable Development Promotion with EPB on May 14. We integrated and submit the 25 indicators for Pingtung County's environmental protection and sustainable governance evaluation reports. Our team participated in various explanatory meetings of the Environmental Protection Agency of the Executive Yuan with EPB.