Effectiveness of the air pollution fee strategy on air quality improvement in Taiwan during 1995-2006

Tzi Chin Chang, Wen Shing Chang, Jiun Horng Tsai, Yung Chen Yao

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the air pollution fee strategy on air quality improvement in Taiwan during 1995-2006. The incentive strategy is an importance part of air quality management associated with the command-and-control approach. The air pollution fee was adopted for stationary sources, mobile sources and construction operations which produce sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Several programs have also been introduced for stationary sources, including a permit system, adoption of new emission standards for more source categories, a fugitive emission control program and a clean fuel program. Several programs have been introduced for mobile sources, such as the adoption of new exhaust emission standards for motorcycle/gasoline vehicle/diesel engines, a smoke check program, and a high-pollution vehicle retirement program. These programs are clearly effective in reducing emissions. The air quality around Taiwan has improved significantly. The air pollution fee strategy has been implemented successfully using incentive and command-and-control measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalSustainable Environment Research
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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