Green purchases reached NT$44.7 billion last year: EPA
By John Liu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Government agencies, corporations, and various private sector organizations made “green purchases” — or purchases of “green products” — worth NT$44.7 billion in 2012, representing a twofold increase over 2011, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“Green products,” certified by the EPA, are environmentally friendly products that through their manufacture or use help to conserve natural resources. Examples include building materials which help reduce heating costs and consumer goods produced using low-carbon methods. There are about 11,000 stores in Taiwan which carry these eco-friendly products.
In the non-governmental sector, a total of 827 companies made green purchases worth NT$7.8 billion. The green industry has a market cap of NT$45 billion, said EPA Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏), who added that the volume of green purchases has increased steadily over the years.
The EPA yesterday held a press conference at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to recognize organizations that have actively pursued purchases of green products. 18 government agencies and 59 corporations and private groups were honored for their purchases of over NT$20 million worth of green products.
The EPA said that businesses should work closely with the public to establish a green economy by applying concepts such as "green production," "green consumption," and "green living." The EPA hopes that this effort will metamorphose into a movement which can establish a new, sustainable and "green" lifestyle in Taiwan.
Chinatrust Financial Holdings was one of the corporations recognized in the event. Since 2009, the company has made green purchases amounting to over NT$250 million. Chinatrust won the “Excellent Green Purchase Organization” award four times. The company also shared its "green" experience with government authorities and related partners.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC, 台積電) shared its experience of applying "green" concepts yesterday at yesterday's event, especially in the architecture of its manufacturing facilities both in Taiwan and in the U.S.