On 23 March 2020, the EPA announced the Co-firing Ratio and Composition Standards for Fuels Used by Stationary Pollution Sources (hereinafter referred to as the Standards), which stipulate the composition standards for bituminous coal, fuel oil, petroleum coke and primary solid biofuels used in public and private premises, and also the co-firing ratio limits for waste-derived fuels. The Standards also serve as a basis to approve permits for fuel use by stationary pollution sources. The purpose of the Standards is to strengthen air pollution control at its source and simplify the application procedure. Along with the end-of-pipe emission standards of different industries that must be complied with, air pollutant emissions can be further controlled and reduced.
The EPA also announced the Fuels Governed by the Co-firing Ratio and Composition Standards for Fuels Used by Stationary Pollution Sources on the same day. Users of the aforementioned fuels are required to apply for a fuel use permit within a year of the promulgation of the Standards, except those who use petroleum products that are made by petroleum refining enterprises and meet the national standards or those whose planned total annual usage and actual usage is less than 500 kg (or liters). Enterprises that have already obtained a bituminous coal use permit and meet the fuel composition standards are allowed to apply for an extension and reissuance of a fuel use permit between three to six months before the original permit expires.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (4)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)