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Taiwan Advancing Towards Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Principles

Taiwan generates less waste per capita than most OECD member countries, has nearly eliminated landfill waste, increased recycling rates five fold and created a billion dollar waste industry in less than 20 years. Due to it’s island status and heavy reliance on importing raw materials, Taiwan also sees industrial symbiosis as a critical tool in delivering on national resource security risks.

Following an introduction by the UK Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Taiwan), International Synergies was invited to speak on industrial symbiosis at the Link & Loop Conference by the Taiwanese Government Industrial Development Bureau (IDB). The conference was the first of its kind in Taiwan, drawing key note speakers from right across the world to present alongside in country experts. The aim of the conference was to promote to both industry and government the benefits of transitioning to a more circular model. The conference was held on 13th June 2018 at the GIS NTU Convention Centre in Taipei and was attended by over 100 delegates drawn from industry, government and academia. Alongside International Synergies, representatives from Apple Corporation, Dell and Scania presented on their own experiences and the tangible benefits of moving to more circular models within their own fields.

Taiwan now has an interest in developing its own version of the successful International Synergies’ National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) to deliver positive economic and environmental impacts in their numerous industrial zones and parks.  International Synergies subsequently met with IDB representatives, Chung Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER), Taiwan Circular Economy Network, China Steel and Taiwan Sugar to advance a national industrial symbiosis programme in Taiwan.