Bruce K. Chung, Founder of the Eco-Industrial Development Network (EID Network)

During the 1990s, Bruce devoted himself into the realm of cultural heritage conservation and re-use design, participatory design and planning as a chief architectural designer in Architect Lin Associate. That was the first professional career to be in charge of noted design projects including Ilan House-Nr.008 (awarded by the 1st Taiwan Green Buildings Award), Hsinchu Image Museum, Window on China (leading theme park in Taiwan),  and interior design of the church of Fu Jen Catholic University, and so on.
In 1998, Bruce switched to the best professional planning school in Taiwan to look for a solution to the dilemma between the development of Hsinchu Science Park and the sustainable environment. The field of eco-industrial development (EID) based on industrial ecology was connected to Bruce’s studies and professional career. The master thesis on eco-industrial parks written by Bruce K. Chung was taken as the pioneer study, as well as a driven force to the latter Taiwan’s national policy of eco-industrial parks (environmental science technology park). By 2002, Bruce got an offer, assistant researcher of the Center for National Land Development Research, to handle a pilot technical project to initiate the mechanism of sustainable development for industrial estates supported by the Industrial Development Bureau. Meanwhile, the attendance to the EID Roundtable held in Kalundborg (2001) and reviews on Asian and global EIDs was clarified and networked glocally.
After 2002, Bruce went to National Taiwan University to continue his independent research and practices on the EID. Consulting services were provided for enterprises, governments, communities on green product design, environment planning, and strategic plans, as well as coaching and training for public and private organizations. Focus area was enhanced to China and Asia. Bruce argued the barrier to promote sustainability is not merely environmental issues, but embedded ideology and cultural concerns, in particular the sense of Chinese culture and society. A comparative study between Taiwan and mainland China based on field works in Yangling agro-hightech industrial park was presented for the crucial forum. As a cross-disciplinary industrial ecologist, Bruce tried hard to tell a fortune with a critical observation on the development of Chinese circular economy. Unfortunately, the fortune is getting real.
In 2012, Bruce relocated to Germany, which generated a closer distance for more interview and on-site observation on the sustainable triple bottom line in Europe. Bruce is currently running a professional consulting firm, COCI consultancy, based in Asia. A new partnership with the Carbon Circle is ready to launch in China recently. Looking for new partners locally and globally for a better world of win-win-win.
創辦人鍾國輝(Bruce K. Chung),全球第一位以綠建築與生態城市專業投入產業生態學/產業共生/生態工業園領域,擔任過國家級示範計畫總顧問的產業生態學家先驅。
2004年在亞太區生態工業園會議EIEAisa發表台灣的產業園開發經驗對中國大陸之可持續發展關鍵角色,隨著台灣政府單位逐漸閉關自嘆,鍾國輝認為只有親身投入產、官、學、民跨部組織,以自身能力整合反思前瞻新路線才有機會集大成,否則,生態工業園與產業共生(industrial symbiosis)理念,將只是人類工業歷史長流中,曇花一現的烏托邦甚至漂綠般的贖罪券,產業生態學也將由高潛力新興學域邁向成熟的(僵化的)、政治正確的(制式的)硬科學,喪失環境與可持續科學研究應用於社會「初衷」。
[註]:台灣教育產業界瘋狂崇拜SCI現象,扼殺2000年代萌芽的產業生態學Industrial Ecoogy,EIDN創辦人蓄積跨界知識與專業能量十多年卻深感無用武之地,2013年放棄台大博士候選人身份移居德國,定居聯合國氣候變化辦公室所在城市波恩,持續在歐洲最前沿考察綠色設計、綠色製造與可持續發展,反省新舊時代的初心。


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