Working to ensure that Taiwan’s continued economic growth is compatible with the long-term health and safety of the environment for the benefit of all residents on Taiwan.
We wish to thank the Taiwanese government for its continued engagement with our Committee over issues of concern. We look forward to seeing these efforts bear fruit soon.
Given the scale and the importance of Taiwan’s electronics industry, the Committee would especially like to focus on addressing the industry’s recycling needs. For example, recycling electronic waste for building materials would help the Taiwanese electronics industry lower costs, while also being environmentally friendly. It would boost the government’s Circular Economy plan, part of the “5+2 Innovative Industries” program, aimed at encouraging the re-use – rather than mere disposal – of waste materials.
We also encourage Taiwanese government to implement carbon reduction strategies and enforce other carbon-tax-related regulations to make Taiwan’s greenhouse-gas reduction efforts clear to the world.
Suggestion 1: Provide more incentives for private sector use of high-quality recycled building materials.
Since 2017 when the Committee first raised this issue in the White Paper, we have appreciated the Taiwanese government’s efforts to promote the use of recycled building materials in the public sector. While we applaud the progress made, we believe more can be done by providing additional incentives to the private sector. For example, a higher building capacity ratio could be allowed for developers who use high-quality recycled building materials. By “high quality” we mean building materials made not from the likes of furnace slag, but from better-quality materials recycled from products such as solar panels, printed circuit boards, and filters used in semiconductor manufacturing. The goal is to recycle materials used by green energy and electronic industries that are key to the future of the Taiwanese economy, while also contributing to the government’s circular-economy initiatives.
Suggestion 2. Implement carbon reduction strategies and enforce carbon tax and other related regulations.
We recommend that the Taiwanese government put a price/value on carbon emissions to incentivize businesses and consumers to adopt more energy-efficient practices and reduce their carbon emissions. Some Asian countries have already taken actions in this regard, including South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. Imposition of a carbon tax can be a critical tool to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies, products, services, and infrastructure, as well as to promote the green energy market. We strongly urge the government to implement carbon reduction strategies and enforce other carbon-tax-related regulations.