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Interview- Li-Lin Huang, Taipei City EPB First Section, Section Chief

Interviewed Subject:

 Li-Lin Huang, Taipei City EPB First Section, Section Chief

Sex: Female


  National Chen Kung University, Department of Environmental Engineering

Occupation: Taipei City EPB First Section, Section Chief

Experience: Taipei County EPB Technician,

        Taipei City EPB Technician , Taipei City EPB Section Chief

Date: 2007/2/14 10~11 AM

Location: Taipei City Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB)

Pre-interview meeting


Environmental Scout's Interview Pre-meeting Photography by: Environmental Scouts

Date: 2//14/2007  9am~10am

Location: Bin Jiang Elementary School Office

Subject: Li-Lin Huang, Taipei City EPB First Section, Section Chief

Arranged time of I of interview: 2/24/2007 10am~11am

Participants: Regina, Henrry, Ruby, Linda, Jacky

Equipment: Camera, DV, Pen, Recorder, Water, Notebook, Records of Interview

Topics of Discussion:

I.This time we are going to interview the section chief of the Taipei City EPB, Ms. Huang. The questions have been summarized below:

A.Excuse me, but what does the first section do? Could you introduce it to us?

B.What activities have the Taipei City EPB held to promote reduction of greenhouse gases?

C.How are the results of these activities? (Please provide some data?)

D.What was the hardest or most memorable thing about holding these activities?

E.What are the next plans for the Taipei City EPB? How do you want the citizens to cooperate?

F.For students like us, besides environmental protection on everyday things, what else can we do? Please offer us some advice.

II.Work Distribution: Before leaving for the interview, our teacher said that we did very well the on the last two interviews, and offered some advice to us. This is the last interview, so we need to do our best! On work distribution, this time Regina, Henrry, will be the interviewer, Ruby, Linda, will take care of photography and taking notes.

III.Getting Ready: This time we are going to the Taipei City Government, so we plan to take two cars there. We've also prepared a Bin Jiang Elementary phone card as a gift for Ms. Huang to thank her for her guidance.

Summary of Interview (The contents were summarized by our scouts)


Excuse me, but what does the first section do? Could you introduce it to us?

(These were summarized from Ms. Huang's Powerpoint slides)

The work the first division does can be summarized as: Air pollution prevention, noise control, and inspection of radiation polluted buildings.

I.On air pollution:

A.Planning methods to prevent air pollution.

B. "Taipei City Air Pollution Prevention Plan " announcement, review, and revision. 

C.  "Taipei City Air Pollution Prevention Fund " management and application.

D.Examination and issuing of permits for the manipulation, operation, and installment of permanent pollutant facilities in public or private areas.

E.Control and improvement of air pollution from permanent sources of air pollution.

F.Issuing of permits and examination of sales of items that easily cause air pollution.

G.Inspection of air pollution fees and construction pollution control.

H.Diesel vehicles exhaust inspection and oil inspection.

I.Motor scooter annual inspection, and promotion of scooter inspection system.

J.Clean car and fuel promotion.

K.Greenhouse gas emission estimate and reduction plans design.

L.Other related work.

II.On noise control:

A.Noise pollution and vibration control plan design.

B.Factory, business areas, entertainment areas noise and vibration control.

C.Construction noise control and vibration control.

D.Amplification facility noise control.

E.Noise control areas and aviation noise control review and announcement.

F.Motor vehicles noise control.

GTraffic noise complaint cases monitoring.

H.Other noise or vibration related inspection.

I.Assisting aviation noise prevention homes and fund reimbursement.

III.On radiation buildings

A.Related work on radiation buildings.

B.Non-ionized radiation and radioactive accidents related work.

C.Usage inspection of radioactive buildings.

D.Continued tracking of radioactive buildings.

E.Inspection of buildings.

F.Assisting the city governments related work on radioactive buildings, including health inspection and house tax reduction.

What activities have the Taipei City EPB held to promote reduction of greenhouse gases?

(These were summarized from Ms. Huang's Powerpoint slides)

I.International connections- reduction

A.Responding to reduction measures after the Kyoto Protocol.

B.Reasons for cities to actively respond to climate changes:

1.Climate changes cause harm.

2.Cities are a source of pollution.

3.Cities are the fundamentals of solving these problems.

4.Cities can gain from environmental protection.


A.Our bureau has continued to estimate the amount of greenhouse gases from 04~06. Our bureau has been commissioned by the FTIS to estimate the 2006 amounts. The 2005 amounts were 16,690,800 tons, with 69.74% from homes and businesses, 25.34% from transportation, and 4.43 from waste.

B.Plan goals for greenhouse gas reduction and design work structure.

C.In 2005, we promoted an activity for 17 department stores to conserve energy. In 2005, 689 tons less were emitted, and from trash reduction, swamp gas recollection, and electricity production, 197,300 tons were reduced. In 2006 we will expand this effort to enterprises and related groups.

D.Published the  "Lower the Earth's Temperature-Manual to Respond to Climate Changes " and  "Greenhouse Gas Reduction Manual ".

How are the results of these activities?

(Summarized by Environmental Scouts from Ms. Huangs dialogue)

    The effects of our current reduction plans have not been very effective. It may be because we have just started, but we now have idea of sources of greenhouse gases, and already have a budget for a plan. Though the effects may be mild in short term, at least we have changed the views of our citizens on greenhouse gas reduction. Like the movie, An Inconvenient Truth ", we want to tell them the seriousness of the greenhouse effect. Though the effects have not been entirely successful, after promotion and education, we hope they will change their attitudes, and take action to really help the Earth. This has been the biggest result.

What was the hardest or most memorable thing about holding these activities?

    Mainly, two parts. First, many people still do not want to face the effects of the greenhouse effect. Industrial groups are resisting our reduction efforts, because they believe that without large amounts of fuel, factories can't run, and no money will be made. Some people even thing that environmental protection and economics are in conflict. But of course, some people are also coming to their senses, and realize that we can't single mindedly think that they are in conflict. We need a double win situation, where we can make money while protecting the environment. The EPB's stand on this is to regulate environmental standards, and as long as factories can be established accordingly, they can of course still be allowed. We won't restrict factories for no reason.

    Second of all, people are resistant of the simple lives environmental groups promote. People are use to extravagant lifestyles and entertainment, and they think that living simple means giving up the an luxury they have now, which is impossible for most people. In our promotions, we emphasize that we wish people to choose appliances with energy conserving labels, to be environmental while maintaining their lifestyles. The main point of promoting these concepts is to change their behaviors from living habits and consumer behavior..

What are the next plans for the Taipei City EPB? How do you want the citizens to cooperate?

Mainly we still hope that our citizens will conserve energy, cherish resources, and not overlook the effects of accumulation. Even small actions can change the big environment.

At home

1. Use appliances with energy labels or environmental labels.

2. Turn off the lights, and computer to save on idle electricity.

3. Set the AC to 26~28 degrees and use it with a fan.

4. Use shades and other heat preventing design.

5. Plant trees or greens in yards, balconies, and rooftops.

6. Recycle, and reduce garbage.

7. Take the stairs, and not the elevators.


1. Choose public transportation or walk or bike to school.

2. Choose energy saving vehicles.

3. Instead of stalling the car, turn it off.

4. Carpool, instead of driving on your own.

5. Use electronic communication to avoid unneeded travel.

Rom everyday things:

1. Use your own utensils and containers, instead of disposable ones.

2. Use your own shopping bags instead of plastic ones.

3. Less packaging.

4. Use paper completely, on both sides.

5. Don't open the refrigerator too much.

6. Dry your hair with a towel before you use a blow-dryer it.

7. Where cool clothing during the summer.

For students like us, besides environmental protection on everyday things, what else can we do? Please offer us some advice.

1.Join activities to help lower the Earth's temperature, and be a cool hero who fights global warming.

2.Become a promotion seed and help influence people around you to join, like friends and family.

Tidbits of the Interview


This interview with Ms. Huang let me learn a lot, and I went home smarter. I've never thought that doing environmental protection might not be good for everything! To have a better living quality, economics often is in conflict with environmental protection. But I think that if we all try our best, save energy, and endure it a bit for Earth, we can do a lot for our planet. Do small things and make it a great strength, by caring for resources, turning on the air conditioning less, using the fan more, walking more outdoors, driving less, recycling, turning off the lights, pulling the plugs, and etc. These are all small actions, but if everyone can do a little for Earth, we can accumulate our efforts and let Earth return to health!

 (Thoughts: Environmental Scout-Ruby )

Pre-interview meeting

Summary of Interview 

Tidbits of the Interview


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