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Passing down Taiwan’s sustainability and recycling experiences, 30 students from 18 countries greatly benefited

At the invitation of International College of Innovation, National Chengchi University, Ambassador Eugene Chien, Chairman of Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy used the topic “Empowering a Better Taiwan for Generations To Come” in Global Governance Summer School to share the current condition of Taiwan’s sustainability development with 30 students from 18 countries on Wednesday, August 13. In the course, students from all the countries were impressed with Taiwan’s waste recycling mechanism and corporate sustainability actions as they constantly asked Taiwan’s history and method in achieving this spectacular performance.At the invitation of International College of Innovation, National Chengchi University, Ambassador Eugene Chien, Chairman of Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy used the topic “Empowering a Better Taiwan for Generations To Come” in Global Governance Summer School to share the current condition of Taiwan’s sustainability development with 30 students from 18 countries on Wednesday, August 13. In the course, students from all the countries were impressed with Taiwan’s waste recycling mechanism and corporate sustainability actions as they constantly asked Taiwan’s history and method in achieving this spectacular performance.

 

In his speech Ambassador Chien mentioned the importance of environmental education and sustainability education. Taiwan’s mechanism of garbage off the ground, garbage classification and waste recycling was promoted from educating the people first to gradually putting the system deep inside people’s mind and become people’s daily routine. On the issue of climate change, more than 90% of people in Taiwan think that climate change is a real issue that is happening right now and more than 50% are willing to discuss this issue with others.

 

Besides doing it from education, Ambassador Chien believed technology is changing the behavior of people in Taiwan at this moment. Widespread public bicycles, finely interconnected MRT networks, smart electric scooters, electronic toll collection systems, smart cities and smart tourism all make people’s lives more convenient and consequently change people’s habits. Smart technology is conducive to energy saving, carbon reduction and sustainable development. Through networks, big data and artificial intelligence, squandered energy resources can be greatly reduced, solving the problems the Earth faces.

When it comes to the path to promoting sustainability, Ambassador Chien emphasized partnership is the key. By using positive encouragement, more and more of Taiwan’s research institutions in industry, government, and academia as well as NGOs start to get involved in the path to sustainable development. Implementing sustainable development can increase corporate revenues and businesses can refine themselves to operate continuously. In terms of percentage points on the DJSI and Bloomberg ESG disclosure rating, Taiwan’s businesses performed outstandingly well and this moreover tells the importance of promoting sustainable development.