The Net Zero City Expo, demonstrating the sustainable development practices and policies promoted by the EPA, held its grand opening on 28 March 2023. The EPA showcased key exhibition areas with the themes of "Zero Waste through Resource Circulation" and "Net-zero Green Living," which correspond respectively with Strategy 8 and Strategy 10 of Taiwan's 2050 Net-Zero Emissions Pathway and Strategy. Through interactive experiences and practical demonstrations, the event showcased ways to achieve net-zero green living and create a zero-waste future through resource circulation. On opening day, EPA Minister Tzi-Chin Chang was interviewed by the media, and Vice President William Lai and Secretary-General to the President, Chia-lung Lin, also visited the exhibition areas of the EPA and gave high praise.
The Net Zero City Expo was organized by the National Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association, with the aim of promoting Taiwan's policy towards 2050 Zero Emissions Pathway (2050 淨零排放路徑). The EPA participated in the exhibition with a focus on the themes of "Zero Waste through Resource Circulation" and "Net-zero Green Living."
Minister Chang mentioned that since President Tsai Ing-wen declared the goal of “Net-Zero Transition by 2050” on Earth Day (22 April) 2021, multiple net zero related plans have been announced. The Climate Change Response Act (氣候變遷因應法), which after three readings was passed by the Legislative Yuan in January 2023, also includes several important policies. About half of the 12 Key Strategic Action Plans (12項關鍵戰略行動計畫) are related to energy policies. The EPA's promotion of "Zero Waste through Resource Circulation" and "Net-zero Green Living" aims to work with the whole nation to reduce carbon emissions generated by daily activities such as eating, clothing, housing, transportation, education and entertainment. For example, locally sourced food should be chosen for meals and public transportation, or electric vehicles should be chosen for transportation.
Minister Chang explained that the EPA’s actions are not only aimed at raising public awareness of the Net Zero by 2050 goal but also at encouraging people to take action in their daily lives. For example, the "10 Great Food-saving Actions" campaign encourages people to adopt green habits and engages the public in making full use of resources. For example, in the textile industry academia and industry have developed precise fiber sorting and recycling technologies, providing more options for processing old clothing, including use as secondhand clothing, downgrading for other uses, or using technology to make raw materials for textiles, fuel for energy, etc.,
During his visit to the Sustainable Living Pavilion of the exhibition, Vice President Lai exchanged views on the achievements of resource circulation with Deputy Minister Ya-Fen Wang. The Vice President was particularly curious about the first carbon-neutral shoes produced by domestic manufacturers and asked about the details of the technology and materials used. Deputy Minister Wang pointed out that through innovative technology and business models, the implementation of a circular economy by the entire citizenry can be realized, existing resources can be reused, and cities can become urban mines. Secretary-General to the President Chia-lung Lin also stopped to learn about the environmental technology achievements of "boiler fuel transformation" and "acoustic cameras".
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, March 2023
- Ministry of Environment