Foundations of climate legislation
To show our country’s willingness to fulfill its common responsibility in protecting the planet, and to regulate the cross-departmental mitigation mechanism, the "Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act" was promulgated by president on July 1, 2015.
Climate change is a global challenge to all humanity. Under the server impact, the Environmental Protection Administration of Executive Yuan (the EPA) proposed an amendment of "Greenhouse Gas Management Act" and revised its name to the “Climate Change Response Act” (the Act) to accelerate national carbon reduction actions and enhance the capacity in responding climate change. The amendment was approved by the Executive Yuan on April 21 in 2022 and submitted to Legislative Yuan for deliberation, and passed its third legislative reading on January 10, 2023. It was officially announced and implemented by the President on February 15, 2023.
The "Climate Change Response Act" includes 7 chapters and 63 articles. The key elements of the amendment includes: incorporating the 2050 net-zero emissions target, establishing authority and responsibility among agencies, adding the section of just transition, strengthening emissions control and incentive mechanisms to enable emissions reduction, introducing carbon fee with dedicated usage of revenues, adding a chapter on climate change adaptation, incorporating carbon footprint and product labelling management scheme, as well as improving information transparency and citizen participation mechanisms.