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1.Signed on January 12, 2001 Entered into force on January 12, 2001
The Environmental Protection Administration of the Republic of
China on Taiwan (TEPA) is responsible for proposing, making and
supervising the execution of nationwide laws and regulations, p-
rorams, and plans on air pollution control, water quality prote-
ction, solid waste management, toxic chemicals control, and oth-
er environment-related matters. In the field of air quality pro-
tection, TEPA also engages in matters relating to the protection
of global air quality and promtes international cooperation and
promotes international cooperation and exchange of technologies
relating to air pollution control;
The mission of the California Envionmental protection Agency (C-
al/EPA) is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to
ensure public health, enviromental quality and economic vitlity.
Through one of its departments, the California Air Resources Bo-
ard (CARB), Cal/EPA works to promote and protect public health,
welfare and ecological resources through the effective and effi-
cient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and conside-
ring the effects on the economy of the State of Califormia. Cal/
EPA oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to
attain and maintain health baswed air quality standards. Cal/E-
PA is pioneering the development of zero and near-zero emission
technologies for mobile and stationary applications;
Both TEPA and CARB have an interst in developing long-term stra-
tegies that will promote a clean environment, fuel diversity, a-
nd energy independence while reducing emissions of criteria pol-
lutants, toxice, and greenhouse gases;
Both TEPA and Cal/EPA have an interst in promoting clean vehicle
technologies for the protection of public health in a manner co-
nsistent with economic growth;
Cal/EPA is a world leader in the development of policies and pr-
orgams to support the development of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV
) and low-emission vehicles (LEV), including the Zero-Emission
Vehicles Program and California Fuel Cell Partnership. TEPA is
also taking a leading role in this area through the development
of a five-year Action Plan for the development of electric motor
Cooperation between TEPA and Cal/EPA could help Taiwan to become
a leader in the Asia-Parific region in the devlopment, producti-
on, and marketing of ZEVs and LEVs;
Cooperation between TEPA and Cal/EPA on the issus of ZEV and LEV
ploicy development would not duplicate of replace the exiting c-
ooperative agreement between TEPA and the United States Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
In order to better address air emissions concerns from a public
helth viewpoint through the promotion of low and zero emission
vehicles, TEPA and Cal/EPA hbave agreed to undertake the follow-
ing exchanges and programs for fice years, until January 2006;
1.Anuual personnel exchanges to promote mutual understanding and
capacity building, including offcial visoits, study tours, and
training. Areas to be addressed include, but are not limited
to, the status of zero and near-zero emission vehicle techno-
logies, and progress concerming related policies and mandates.
2.Regular exchanges and information and joint task forces, as d-
esired, on issuse including but not limited to:
a.Health effects of air pollution specifically and environmen-
tal pollution in general;
b.Regulations relating to the promotion of low and zero emiss-
ion vehicles, such as the Califormia LEV regulations and em-
endments and the Action Plans developed by TEPA under the A-
ir Pollution Control Act;
c.Measures to implement these regulations, including administ-
financial and other incentives such as tax credits, subside-
si and expedited
depreciition; and enforcement measures such as fines, inspe-
rtion and maintenance programs, and other sanctions;
d.Technical information on the status and deployment of fuel
cell technologies for mobile and stationary sources to prom-
ote envirommental protection, fuel deiversity and energy in-
e.Participation by the public and non-governmental organizati-
ons in efforts to reduce vehicle emissions.
3.This agreement shall enter into force on the date of signature
In WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned being duly authorized, have
signed this Agreement.
Done in duplicate, at__, on this 12th day of January, 2001, in
the English Language.

____________________________ ___________________________________
Dr. Edgar Lin, Administrator Winston H. Hickox, Agency Secretary
Environmental protection Ad- California Envirommental Protection
ministraton Agency
Republic of China on Taiwan