TAIWAN – GREENING THE ECONOMY

circular economy Taipei Taiwan waitig for garbge truck

Taiwan has limited space to bury its garbage, so recycling is critical. The island recycled about 58 percent of its household waste in 2016, up from 55 percent the year before, according to the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

While the zero waste circular economy is still a distant goal, the concept got a welcome boost from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in her inaugural address last May. She said Taiwan would strictly monitor and control all sources of pollution, adding that the island could not afford to endlessly expend natural resources. “We will bring Taiwan into an age of circular economy, turning waste into renewable resources.”

The model has since been included in the Tsai administration’s five-plus-two innovative industries initiative, a comprehensive program to foster industrial restructuring and upgrading. This plan seeks to elevate five high-growth sectors, biotech and pharmaceuticals, green energy, national defense, smart machinery and the Internet of Things, as well as two core concepts: the circular economy and a new paradigm for agricultural development.

Charles Huang (黃育徵), chairman of advocacy organization the Taiwan Circular Economy Network, said the atmosphere toward waste reduction and reuse is changing in the country. “They are serious about it,” he said of the backers of the concept. “There is a major paradigm shift.”

He cautions, however, that the government should not be seen as the answer to all problems. “There is a lot of [circular economy] DNA in small and medium enterprises,” he added.

. . . Article continues at http://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=8&post=114991

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