To promote green industry, the EPA jointly held the 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo with other government agencies and Academia Sinica at the Taipei World Trade Center on 24 September 2020. The EPA worked with the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to organize the “Sustainability Pavilion - Circular Economy” that features both domestic and international circular business models. Revolving around the theme of “Circular Island”, the pavilion aims to stimulate interdepartmental cooperation between businesses, government agencies and academic institutions.
The “Sustainability Pavilion” exhibited various innovative technologies and environmental certification systems, and was divided into three sections: highlights, domestic displays, and international displays. One of the highlights, PackAge+ showcased their reusable packaging service for e-commerce, which complies with the “Online Shopping Package Reduction Guidelines” promulgated by the EPA in 2019. By partnering with online shopping platforms and delivery companies to provide the service of reusable shipping packaging for online purchases, PackAge+ created an innovative business model that accomplishes the goal of waste reduction.
The domestic and international display areas also exhibited some remarkable inventions. For example, the EPA presented the “resource recycling analysis system”, which utilizes material flow analysis (MFA) to track the flow of substances. Other participating companies that implement circular economy concepts included Covestro, Xibao Green Tech, Eastern Plastic Enterprise, and Wen Ming Fountain Pen MFG.
As one of the largest manufacturers for polymer materials in the world, Covestro took the spotlight among the international exhibitors with their innovative products such as shoes and bike tires made of material derived from carbon dioxide. Xibao Green Tech presented their “automatic detergent refilling machine”, an original invention that allows users to refill laundry detergent with their own empty bottles and encourage citizens to carry out reduction at source. Eastern Plastic Enterprise featured their “PE recycled pellets” that are produced using recycled plastic films through intermediate treatment technologies. Wen Ming Fountain Pen MFG brought their “black-faced spoonbill fountain pen” which is made from recycled marine waste, showing the benefits of waste reuse.
Businesses are facing immense challenges due to COVID-19. Therefore, the EPA has been striving to promote circular economy measures and stimulate cooperation between different industries and companies. During the three days of this expo, companies showed how they have delivered exceptional results with their innovative products and ideas.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (10)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)