2015 EU-Taiwan Green Summit: Moving towards a circular economy

Taipei, 10 November 2016

The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) – in the framework of the European Business and Regulatory

Cooperation (EBRC) programme – co-hosted the “2016 EU-Taiwan Green Summit: Moving towards a circular economy and sustainable trade” with the Green Trade Project Office (GTPO) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Department of Economic Development, Taipei City Government. The summit gathered regulators, business and NOG participants and more than 300 participants from Europe and Taiwan to discuss the concept of “circular economy”, namely, the transformation and the rebirth of waste, through dialogue between the public and private sectors, in order to move together towards a circular economy and sustainable trade. Experts from the European Commission and Denmark, industrial experts from Belgium, France, Germany, and Sweden joined the summit to share information and best practices of European policies, innovative management and technologies on circular economy.  


Ms Mei-Hua Wang (王美花), Vice Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ms Madeleine Majorenko, Head of the European Economic and Trade office (EETO), and Mr Chin-Rong Lin(林欽榮), Deputy Major of Taipei City Government delivered opening remarks at the summit. 

Ms Majorenko stated that the EU is actively working to put circular economy into action, and is keen to engage in international cooperation with partners like Taiwan in order to increase resource efficiency in global value chains. Taiwan is committed to a zero-waste policy and has developed advanced industrial waste monitoring and management systems. The EU is of course aware that the circular economy needs more research and innovation and that in particular small and medium enterprises, the backbone of our economies, need access to capital to foster the shift. In the EU, this transition is supported financially by the EU funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, with 650 million Euros and 5.5 billion Euros from structural funds. She encouraged Taiwanese companies to participate in Horizon 2020. 


The morning session began with a keynote speech from Mr Vincent Tseng, representative of PHILIPS Taiwan, on business model innovation for circular economy. In the first session of the EU and Taiwan policies on circular economy and green trade, Mr Gwenole Cozigou, Director for Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs from the European Commission, explained the new European circular economy package in the EU; Dr Karin Peters, Chief Advisor of Section for Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, shared a circular approach in Denmark on nutrient management in agricultural production. Two other Taiwanese experts shared in this session were: Dr Harvey J. Houng, Senior Advisor of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA); Mr Charles Huang, Chairperson of Taiwan Circular Economy Network.


In the afternoon session, European and Taiwanese experts talked about innovative recycling and waste management, and eco-innovation and green creative projects, and shared business and industrial experiences on circular economy and green technology.


Experts from the European side includes: Mr Francois Jenny, Managing Director of Incineration of SUEZ Recycling & Waste Recovery Asia, Mr Leo Tseng, Business Development & Sales Manager, Umicore Marketing Services Taiwan; Mr Nicolas Buttin, Co-Founder of Wiithaa & Circulab; Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto; Mr Jim Tai, General Manager of REMONDIS Taiwan. Experts from the Taiwan side includes : Ms Ju-Wen Lin(林茹雯), Manager of Da Fon Environmental Technology, Mr Gordon Yu(余金龍), Chairman & CEO of eTouch Innovation, Dr Hwong-Wen Ma (馬鴻文), Proffesor of Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University; Dr Chiu-Ping Li(李秋萍), Deputy Director of Gren Technology research Institute, CPC corporation Taiwan; Dr Jiin-Rong Cheng (鄭錦榮), Diretor of Chemistry and Environment Laboratory, Taiwan Power Research Institute.


The mains sessions were followed by three fruitful and lively panel discussions participated by speakers. Mr. Chen-Jung Hsiao, Deputy Director General, Industrial Development Bureau, MOEA also participated in the discussions with panelists. The panel discussions were moderated by Dr. Kuo-Shuh Richard Fan, Professor of National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Dr. Lih-Chyi Wen, Deputy Director of Green Trade Project Office, MOEA, and Mr. Andreas Gursch, Sales Director Taiwan, Schüco International (Beijing) Co., Ltd.


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Group Photo of the speakers