On 11 June 2020, the EPA announced the revised Regulations Governing Subsidies for Modification or Replacement of Boilers (hereinafter referred to as Subsidy Regulations) (改造或汰換鍋爐補助辦法) to be in line with the implementation schedule of the Boiler Air Pollutant Emission Standards (hereinafter referred to as Emission Standards)(鍋爐空氣污染物排放標準). The revisions extended the subsidy deadline with certain conditions and applied to non-industrial boiler operators that have applied for extension to comply with the Emission Standards or did not apply for subsidies by 30 June 2019. They are still eligible for subsidies as long as modification or replacement is completed before approved extended Emission Stanadards compliance deadlines.
To meet people’s growing demands for better air quality in recent years, the EPA has been promoting air quality improvement on multiple fronts. Based on the Air Quality Control Action Plan (空氣污染防制行動方案), the EPA has been working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on cutting down air pollution from boilers, adopting administrative control and subsidization at the same time. For control measures, the Emission Standards were promulgated on 19 September 2018 by the EPA, requiring all existing boilers to comply by 1 July 2020.
Since the announcement of the Subsidy Regulations on 13 April 2017, a total of 1,181 non-industrial boilers had been improved by the end of 2019. Most of the subsidized entities such as schools, medical institutes, and hotel industry had switched to heating equipment using low-polluting fuels or electricity. Since the non-industrial boilers of the above-mentioned entities were mostly located in densely polulated areas, the Subsidy Regulations have effectively motivated the improvement of non-industrial boilers in densely populated areas and cut down emission. As for industrial boilers, they are under MOEA charge and there is a separate set of subsidy regulations for industrial boilers.
The EPA pointed out that the originally planned application deadline for non-industrial boiler subsidization was 30 June 2019. Considering that the Emission Standards, effective from 1 July 2020, allow existing boiler improvement projects on private and public premises that need more time to implement to apply for the extension of Emission Standards compliance deadlines, the revisions also allow reasonable subsidies to be offered to those that applied to extend the compliance deadline, as well as those who were unable to apply for subsidies in time but still managed to complete the improvement projects before 1 July 2020. The subsidies are still to cover 49% of the replacement cost, with the maximum subsidies lowered to NT$300,000. However, the maximum subsidies are kept at NT$500,000 if small-scale boilers, mostly in residential areas, are replaced with electric heating equipment that emit no air pollutants.
The EPA urged those interested in subsidies to first check their eligibility for the subsidies and pay particular attention to the project completion time and application deadlines. Those who have applied to extend the compliance deadlines according to the Emission Standards Article 6 paragraph 1 can apply for subsidies at local environmental bureaus no later than 21 July 2022, as long as they comlete the improvement projects and comply with the Emission Standards before the approved extended compliance deadline. The rest of the subsidy applicants who are required to complete the improvement projects and be compliant by 1 July 2020 must apply for subsidies no later than 31 December 2020.
Enterprisers can first use the application evaluation item checklist to ascertain for their eligibility for subsidies before downloading the application forms for the subsidies at the EPA’s Stationary Source Control Website (http://ernet.epa.gov.tw/).
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (7)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)