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The Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) promotes the circular economy that the economic benefits amount to over NT$100 million.
Organization: EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE ADMINISTRATION,MOEA        Publish Date: 2019-03-28 14:50
Taiwan has gradually moved towards the new era of the circular economy. The Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) proactively dovetails its policies with circular economy and expects to use past industry resources that it transforms linear mode of one-way consumption into reusing and recycling for reducing the environmental impacts of waste products. In addition, the EPZA creates the accumulated economic benefits of over NT$ 100 million.
The EPZA has counselled business entities in zones to save water and has recommended feasible improvements of reducing water at source and recycling and reusing the waste water since 2008; the amount of potential water conservation from business entities in zones that has been explored by the EPZA is about to 3.87 million tonnes. Later in 2015, the EPZA built the reclaimed water model plant in Nanzih Export Processing Zone (NEPZ) and commenced its operation. This plant can produce reclaimed water of about 200 thousand tonnes for companies in NEPZ to reuse. In addition, the EPZA promoted certification of cleaner production in 2018 and integrated water recycling of about 377 thousand tonnes; the amount of saving water is equivalent to the water storage capacity of 1.7 times of reservoirs of Chen Ching Lake in Kaohsiung City. In 2018, the EPZA also promoted manufacturing water reduction at source for reducing wear and tear of raw materials and helped waste recycling such as spent acid and metal oxide powder of about 30 thousand tonnes. Moreover, the accumulated saving cost is amounted to over NT$ 60 million and the increasing output value is amounted to over NT$ 30 million that these economic benefits demonstrated the preliminary results of moving towards the circular economy.
Additionally, the EPZA has integrated the cycles and connections among business entities in zones and has analyzed the recycling direction and potential of different types of waste to categorize and identify the wear and tear of raw materials. The EPZA has gradually developed communication channels also assisted business entities in clarifying restrictions of the law and regulations, and expected to give speedy momentum of waste recycling in zones.
According to the EPZA, counselling services and talents trainings of cleaner production, material flow cost accounting, and verification structured by circular economy will be promoted continuously in the future. Last but not least, the EPZA and business entities in zones will work together to create a win-win situation in the balance of economy development and the environmental protection.


Contact Person: Chiu, Hsin-Chang (Environmental Protection and Landscape Section)
Contact Number: 886-7-361-1212 ext438
Email: t1017@epza.gov.tw

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