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[Circular Economy] Postal fleet going green
Kind: Event topics  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2020-09-22 07:00
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In response to global warming and climate change, countries around the world have been focusing ever greater efforts on emissions reduction. According to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the transport sector is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases, accounting for 14 percent of the total, as well as a quarter of CO2 emissions. In the sector, road vehicles account for 72 percent of emissions. Therefore, promoting electric vehicles (EVs) as a replacement for fossil-fuel powered vehicles has become one of the low-carbon policies in many countries.

In recent years, many countries have been offering subsidies or tax incentives to encourage citizens to switch to EVs. Such measures, coupled with advances in EV technology, have led to a significant increase in the global electric motorcycle market. For the 2015-2019 period Asia accounted for 76 percent of global electric motorcycle sales, followed by Europe at 8.8 percent, and North America at 7.5 percent.

In Taiwan, annual growth in sales topped 80 percent during 2016 to 2019, ranking first globally. For 2019, growth amounted to 107.44 percent. Electric motorcycle sales accounted for 18.7 percent of total motorcycle sales for the year, up from just 2.7 percent in 2016.

In order to fulfill its corporate social responsibility and help reduce air pollution, Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan’s official postal service, has gradually introduced electric scooters for delivery service since 2017, and will fully replace all its 8,946 gasoline-powered motorcycles with electric ones by 2023. The company anticipates that fully phasing out its fossil fuel-powered scooters will reduce its annual carbon emissions by an amount equivalent to the amount of CO2 that can be absorbed by 7.5 Daan Forest Parks.

Chunghwa Post is establishing green fleets across Taiwan, becoming the first state-owned enterprise to respond to the government’s low-emission policies. The company launched its first batch of 1,627 electric scooters in January 2018, and then purchased another 800 in 2019. They have been well-received by postal workers, with the advantages mentioned including no exhaust fumes, no noise, and no inconvenient gear-shifting or engine starting and stopping needed when delivering packages. One postal worker pointed to the scooter’s range of 50 kilometers per charge, enough for an entire work shift.

To share Taiwan's experience in EV development, the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Department of International Cooperation invited Asia LEDS Partnership members from the Philippines and Mongolia to visit Taiwan in November 2019, and arranged a visit to Chunghwa Post for a presentation on its adoption of electric scooters. The visitors said they gained many important insights from the visit and expressed interest in engaging in cooperation with Taiwan in this area.

Taiwan has the highest density of motorcycles and scooters in the world. It has developed a comprehensive supply chain in this sector since launching production in the early 1960s. This coupled with its leading position in ICT means that Taiwan is capable of supplying demand in the electric motorcycle sector, including in terms of components, smart components, IoT devices, total solutions, and so on. Looking ahead, Taiwan can enhance cooperation with other countries, share its experience in electric motorcycle development and expand overseas markets.
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