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Commuters may get green points for taking metro from June

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 March 2015

A new scheme expected to kick off in June will see the possibility of people who use Taipei and Kaohsiung's metro systems gaining "green points" as rewards.

Under the pilot scheme, which could be launched as soon as June by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), MRT commuters will be able to earn the points with their rides. These points can then be used to pay for green products they purchase, the EPA said.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging the use of public transport and other environmentally friendly behaviors, the EPA said.

The scheme is expected to include users of the metro systems, credit cards and electronic receipts.

So far, hypermarket chains a.mart and RT-mart have agreed to take part in the scheme, the EPA said.

During its pilot phase, the EPA will first allow metro commuters during off-peak hours in Taipei and Kaohsiung to collect the green points, said Hsiao Hui-chuan, head of the EPA's Department of Supervision Evaluation and Dispute Resolution.

"It (the green point scheme) is not a one-year thing but a sustainable one," Hsiao said.

The EPA's idea for the scheme is inspired by similar measures adopted in Japan and South Korea, according to the administration.

The amount of money people spent on green consumption, including government green procurement, reached US$2 billion in Taiwan in 2013, according to EPA figures.

Hsin-hsuan Tsai (thh@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Focus Taiwan


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