NOTE: If the Taipei City Government declares tomorrow, July 8th, as a typhoon holiday, this event will be CANCELLED accordingly, and all registrants will not be charged for the event.
Taiwan is one of the world’s leading suppliers of electronic parts and products. Unfortunately, Taiwan is also one of the leading producers of e-waste, generating some 530,000 tons of e-waste annually, much of which contains lead, cadmium, PCBs, and many other substances that tshreaten human health and the environment. According to Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration’s data, Taiwan’s e-waste recycling rate is only around 43% in 2014, compared to e-waste recycling rates of greater than 80% in much of the European Union (EU).
The EU’s success in e-waste recycling are emblematic of its position at the fore of the “circular economy,” in which all resources are recycled and no waste or pollution is produced. What can Taiwan learn from the EU that can help it develop a circular economy, and what roles can the governments, the producers, and the consumers/general public play?
Dr. Federico Magalini, an associate program officer of the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), will speak to AmCham members on July 8, sharing his views on how EU countries address their e-wastes issues despite not holding as high a position as Taiwan in the global electronic supply chain. As a partner to the World Design Capital Project, Federico will also share examples of how e-waste was incorporated into the upcoming Taipei’s World Design Capital Project.