To actively encourage local enterprises to take part in recycling and circular economy, the EPA invited enterprises that have shown willingness to participate or have already participated with excellent performance to share their experiences. It is hoped that such exchanges facilitate the advancement of industries as well as collaboration between enterprises or among different industries, ultimately achieving resource sustainability.
On 2021 Earth Day (22 April), President Tsai Ing-Wen proclaimed Taiwan’s goal of transforming toward net zero by 2050. Currently, there are over 120 countries having set goals of net-zero carbon emissions with relevant actions. It is imperative to figure out how to slow down the speed of climate change through lowering carbon emissions. According to a UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation report, 55% of the total carbon emissions comes from energy, and 45% from manufacturing. This means that a circular economy can create an impact to a substantial extent.
The promotion of circular economy is multifaceted, which includes not only communication and collaboration between the government and industries but also good practices among different industries. Both sides need to be involved for a circular economy to be effective and for Taiwan to achieve sustainable development and transform toward net zero. Since 2018, the EPA has been selecting enterprises with good performance in resource recycling. The hope is to have them serve as models to prompt members of the private manufacture and service industries to build circular links, reduce loss of resources caused by linear production or service, and create new economic values.
In this year’s event, four enterprises that were awarded this year for their excellent performances were invited to share their experiences in the morning. These enterprises were Wonder Greener, which uses all biodegradable materials like bulrush to substitute plastics in making straws; ECOVE Solvent Recycling Corp., which reuses waste isopropanol from the semi-conductor industry as industrial isopropanol; Green Hope Spring, which uses tree planting to support elementary schools’ soccer teams, effectively combining social charity, sport development and revitalization of vacant campuses; and Yuen Foong Yu Consumer Products Co. (Qingshui plant), which recycles waste paper and turns excess materials from production into alternative fuels. In the afternoon, participants visited King Yuan Fu Packaging Co. to see how it applied R-PET to manufacture lightweight products.
Besides urging enterprises to practice recycling and design green products that meet consumers’ needs, the EPA hopes that all sectors can actively participate in the circular use of resources and jointly establish a supply network with a circular economy as its core. With model enterprises’ presentations and onsite visits, successful experiences and practices were shared, which helped promote a business model and, in the end, a society that is based on a circular use of resources.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, December 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)