Collaboration with Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan
Taiwan is one of the environmental leaders in the Asia Pacific region in key fields such as recycling and the management of electronic waste. The Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) collaborates with U.S. partners such as the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the US EPA to address environmental challenges of common interest and concern to the United States, Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific Region.
EPA and EPAT have been collaborating for nearly two decades to help protect the environment and human health in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. Because pollution is transported globally, these efforts also help protect human health of communities around the globe.
Current collaboration activities support EPA's International Priorities.
Explore our work with EPAT:
- February 2013: EPA and EPAT are now coordinating the newly named Global E-Waste Management (GEM) Network. Originally formed at an international e-waste workshop in October 2012, the network is enabling environmental officials from within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region to exchange experiences and best practices on e-waste.
- December 2012: New case study, "Recycling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in Taiwan: A Case Study." (PDF) (32 pp, 1.3 M, About PDF Files), documents the development and implementation of Taiwan’s 4-in-1 Recycling Program, with a particular focus on the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). (Learn more: Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste).)
- October 2012: At an international e-waste workshop co-hosted by USEPA and EPA Taiwan (EPAT), participants from Asia, Africa and the Latin American/Caribbean regions decided to establish a formal network to share policy-level information on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
- September 2012: EPA Taiwan Minister Shen opened the second Regional Working-group on Environmental Information (RWGEI) in Taipei. The goal of the working-group is to provide a forum for information exchange and capacity building in the field of environmental information, which serves as input to and a foundation for environmental strategy and policy making.
- April 2012: Michelle DePass, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, participated in an Earth Day event at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School ( Lawrenceville, NJ), one of the pilot schools under Sustainable Jersey-Sustainable Taiwan pilot certification program.
- March 2012: Jane Nishida, Director of the Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs, traveled to Taiwan to meet with counterparts in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan to advance planning and implementation of regional collaboration initiatives on air, water, and soil quality protection among other topics.
- October 2011: American Institute in Taiwan's Second Annual Clean Energy Forum, promoting energy efficiency, green technology, and sustainable growth. This event was opened with a video address given by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
- October 2011: EPA Chief Information Officer joined EPAT Minister Stephen Shen to launch a regional technical working-group on environmental information.
- August 2011: EPAT Minister Stephen Shen met with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in Washington, D.C. for talks highlighting regional partnership, and to launch collaboration with Sustainable Jersey.
- June 2011: EPA Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs, Michelle DePass, led a delegation of U.S. officials and community leaders to Taiwan to launch US EPA-EPAT collaboration on mercury, e-waste, children’s health, site remediation, marine emissions reduction, and sustainable cities.
- July 2011: Delegation of experts from Taiwan visited the United States to learn about EPA's data management systems and Central Data Exchange.
Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures:
EPA experts have worked with colleagues from EPAT and other partners in the region to improve policy approaches to environmental topics, including the clean-up of contaminated sites, and regulations related to air and water quality.
Currently EPAT and EPA are working with regional partners to advance emerging priority areas, including improving Environmental Impact Assessments.
Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants:
EPA collaborates with EPAT to share expertise in development and implementation of emissions cap and trade mechanisms.
Improving Air Quality:
EPA and EPAT have collaborated on air quality protection for nearly twenty years. Together with regional partners, experts from the two agencies are currently working to reduce air pollutant emissions from ships and ports operations.
EPA has also partnered with EPAT and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) to improve the capacity for atmospheric mercury monitoring, data for analysis, and modeling, and the accuracy of mercury emissions inventories with other partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
Expanding Access to Clean Water:
Cleaning up contaminated sites reduces the impact of pollutants on groundwater sources. This improves ecological systems and the food supply both in Asia and the U.S.
To achieve this, EPA experts serve as technical trainers for a regional working group on the clean-up of contaminated sites, addressing topics such as technical approaches to forced-air remediation, bioremediation, and site clean-up law.
Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Cleaning Up E-waste:
EPA and EPAT are facilitating the exchange of expertise among policymakers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In June 2011, the first annual EPA-EPAT Regional Dialogue on Electronics Stewardship brought together experts from Japan, Nigeria, Ghana, Indonesia, Vietnam, El Salvador, among other countries.
Attendees were able to glean lessons from Taiwan’s successful experience tackling its e-waste problem over the past 20 years; follow-up case studies and future meetings will serve as resources for regional partners and will hone in on key needs related to e-waste management.
|Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan||American Institute in Taiwan|
|Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative's Office||Sustainable Jersey|
|The Working Group on Remediation for Soil Groundwater Pollution of Asian Countries (ReSAG)|
EPA Collaborates with the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) pursuant to its agreement as designated representative with the American Institute in Taiwan.
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For additional information about EPA's work with EPAT, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460