Food waste carries a heavy social, environmental, and financial cost, but with the right technology, it can become a stable, low-cost, high-return source of electricity. Taiwan generates an estimated 16.5 million tons of food waste a year. That’s enough to fill 182 Olympic-size swimming pools every day all year, year-in and year-out. For most people,…

Taiwan brings several important advantages to this relatively new field.   In the traditional Linear Economy, raw materials are made into products using a “take, make, and dispose” approach – with any waste material thrown away after use. By contrast, the Circular Economy as defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is restorative and regenerative by…

The third receiving terminal has been postponed for environmental reasons – the prospective impact on a unique reef. Citing the need for further study of the rare coral reefs that lie nearby beneath the waters off Taoyuan County, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on October 26 called for further postponement of a project  to build…

solar-energy

A transition toward renewable energy is necessary, but its success will require careful government management.  Taiwan has a clear need to diversify its energy portfolio and make concrete progress towards a more robust energy security policy. A full 98% of Taiwan’s energy is imported, costing the equivalent of nearly 15% of the entire Gross Domestic Product…

An international tribunal’s recent ruling on the South China Sea leaves Taiwan in a sensitive position. In September last year, President Tsai Ing-wen, then the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate, told a diplomatic reception: “A future DPP administration will be committed to following…the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)…