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EPA vows to establish resource recycling society

Agency set to build eco-friendly industrial parks in Kaohsiung, Hualien, Taoyuan, Tianan counties
2004-05-11 / Central News Agency /

Taiwan should seek the assistance of foreign experts to more efficiently use by-products from the manufacturing sector and daily life so as to establish a resource recycling society, a senior official said yesterday.

Addressing an international seminar on the development of environment-friendly industries, Environmental Production Administration head Chang Jee-en (張祖恩) said there is still ample room for Taiwan to develop its environment-friendly industries and technologies.

With a view to building Taiwan into a “green silicon island,” Chang said the EPA has designated four areas to accommodate environment-friendly industrial parks or eco-industrial parks. The four areas are located in Kaohsiung County, Hualien County, Taoyuan County and Tainan County.

“We hope the four areas can be developed into eco-industrial parks where manufacturing resources and energy are recycled for sustainable use,” Chang said, adding that the eco-industrial park development projects coincide with the EPA’s existing campaign to recycle all garbage.

Chang said the EPA approved the establishment of an eco-industrial park in Kaohsiung County’s Kangshan township in March 2003. Construction on the park got underway in February this year and seven environment-friendly industrial companies have applied to set up production facilities in the 40-hectare park. Four companies began building production facilities earlier this month.

Speaking on the same occasion, Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) said an environment-friendly research facility will be inaugurated in the park next June. “The building uses recycled construction materials and energy-saving devices. It has been jointly developed by 10 universities and colleges in southern Taiwan and will be Taiwan’s first eco-research facility,” Yang said.

More than 60 environmental officials, industry executives and experts attended the seminar held at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung County.