Among the distinguished guests were renowned scholars and academics from the UK, the Czech Republic, Italy, the US, mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan, gathered for the august occasion in Taipei, to jointly discuss the key issues of global concern for the Circular Economy, before an audience of some 180 participants from government, industry, academia, and research sectors. To advance the domestic circular economy system development, analyze international development trends, and provide domestic industry, government, academia and research related innovation solutions and exchange observations, the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), the Center for Corporate Sustainability (CCS), the CTCI Education Foundation (CTCIEF), Carbon Cycle Research Center, National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering jointly held the 2018 International Conference on Integrated and Innovative Solutions for a Circular Economy on Wednesday, October 17, at the Evergreen International Conference Center Meeting Hall 801. The entire conference proceedings were conducted in English, along with the latest international academic papers and technical studies, for a robust discussion of practical means of enhancing new materials, products and waste to achieve greater and optimal value, while resolving technological, finance, systemic, and control related barriers and obstacles, to realize the Circular Economy models’ development, improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and relevant research and case study presentations. The meeting allowed participating government agencies, corporations, universities and domestic and international institutions to share about the latest and most advanced strategies and technological solution proposals.
CTCIEF and TAISE Chairman Eugene Chien remarked that the Circular Economy is a neologism of recent origin, and refers to material circularity, recovery, and reutilization as its foundational concepts, with a mode that emphasizes less consumption, lower carbon emissions and higher efficacy, to replace the mass production, mass consumption, and excessive waste of the “Linear Economy” model. Taiwan began its first efforts at segregated recycling in 1988, which was very early among the international community, while achieving substantive industrial waste improvements. Over the past 30 years of effort, we have witnessed the disentanglement of individual daily waste production and economic growth, while concomitantly seeing more efficacious waste reduction and major improvements in recycling efforts and percentiles. Chairman Chien also noted that the Circular Economy required a change in conceptualization and perspectives, starting with changes in how we design, and all the way to the entire product life cycle. Also, it is imperative to envision new Business Models, using digital technologies to resolve issues, and with everyone working together, including through crowdsourcing, to ensure resources are recycled or recaptured and reutilized. Chairman Chien also explained that this meeting focused on four themes of: 1. Developing green, clean production technologies, 2. Establishing sustainable material management systems, 3. Creating Smart Circular Economy Parks, and 4. Promoting green economy business models. To advance circular economy research and development required tools, technologies, and business strategy formulation, industry must work to resolve core issues, determine objectives with clarity, and elucidate new business models. At the same time, governments must ensure an environment conducive to profitable development and creation of the Circular Economy. We aim to ensure these stakeholders work together, to complete promotion of an entirely new force for the Circular Economy.
Netherlands Trade and Investment Office Representative Mr. Guy Alexander Witch noted in his remarks that the Dutch excel in sea coastal land infilling reclamation, by using pragmatic water removal in conjunction with construction of dikes, which are all essential to the long term survival of Holland, so they have launched the Polder Model, eliminating all barriers to create production consensuses. Over the years, corporations, academia and government have collaborated in a Triple Helix model, ensuring all sectors can participate in a common platform, to jointly engage in discussion and research of the Circular Economy. In 2017 the Netherlands launched a nationwide raw materials initiative, with 325 corporates, government, and academic institutions signing on and adhering to the Agreement, so we hope that the Dutch experience can also help inspire and be shared here with Taiwan.
When the Associate Dean of the National Taiwan University College of Engineering, Dr. Chen-Hung Kao spoke, he explained that the Circular Economy is a critical element to developing the green economy, and as nations face economic growth, they must also cultivate green leadership human capital, to jointly pursue sustainable development and green growth, ensuring concomitant environmental protection, economic growth and social progress, as essential if we are to move in the direction of national sustainable development.
The diverse coterie of scholars and experts shared their practical national experiences in the Circular Economy and the latest international research information, providing highly timely and valuable representative international exchange, before a full audience, including numerous government officials, corporate representatives, non-governmental organization delegates, research and development institution fellows and university faculty and students participating, and providing the event as a lively discussion platform for diverse individuals engaged in mutual interlocution and interchange, for a very valuable experience and rare occasion. The Conference not only signified the importance of the international Circular Economy trend, but also aimed to enhance all the participating nation’s domestic emphasis on the Circular Economy, in conjunction with sustainable development and deployment of all forces and technologies, to foster and stimulate industrial transformation, to achieve the objectives of the Circular Economy, and work together to create a sustainable Taiwan.
CTCIEF and TAISE Chairman Eugene Chien delivering the Opening Remarks.
Netherlands Trade and Investment Office Representative Mr. Guy Alexander Witch speaking.
Associate Dean of the National Taiwan University College of Engineering, Dr. Chen-Hung Kao delivering his speech.
A group photo of the dignitaries and distinguished guests.
Front Row from Left:
Dr. Shu-Yuan Pan, Dr. Ching-Tzone Tien, Maryland Department of the Environment, Prof. Aaron I. Packman, Northwestern University, USA, Prof. Pen-Chi Chiang, National Taiwan University, Representative Mr. Guy Alexander Wittich, Ambassador Dr. Eugene Chien, Legislator Ms. Kawlo Iyun Pacidal, Associate Dean C. Robert Kao, National Taiwan University, Prof. Qingrong Qian, Fujian Normal University, Prof. Paolo V. Genovese, Tianjin University, and Mr. Johnny Liao, Onyx Ta-ho Environmental Services Co., Ltd.
Back Row from right:
Tung-Chai Ling, Malaysia, Dr. Adhi Yuniarto, Indonesia, Dr. Chia-Yii Yu, Formosa Petrochemical Corporation, Dr. Patrick Schröder, University of Sussex, UK, Prof. Fujikawa Kiyoshi, Nagoya University, Japan, Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, VUT Bmo University, Czech Republic, Prof. Yuh-Ming Lee, National Taipei University, Dr. Norman D. Peterson, Argonne National Lab, USA, Prof. Hyunook Kim, University of Seoul, South Korea (ROK), Dr. Ali Hasanbeigi, CEO, Global Efficiency Intelligence, and Dr. Kinjal Shah, Dharmsinh Desai University, India