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Push for Environmental Sustainability Scores a Record “Ten” Awards in Environmental Performance Evaluation

The Department of Environmental Protection, Taoyuan City (TYDEP) has always been at the forefront of the six metros for environmental performance. This year, TYDEP came away with 10 awards from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of Executive Yuan’s 2019 environmental protection performance evaluation. The awards were: gold quality award for “outstanding recycling performance by an executive agency in Taiwan,” a high distinction for “evaluation on environmental impact assessment review and supervision performance,” high distinction for “evaluation of environmental education performance,” high distinction for “air quality protection and improvement performance,” “high distinction for “promotion of response to climate change,” distinction for “evaluation of soil and groundwater pollution remediation performance,” “high distinction for “promotion of green purchasing by private enterprises and organizations,” and high distinction for “evaluation of local environmental protection performance.”

TYDEP Director-General Li-teh Lu said that Taoyuan City’s strong performance in the EPA evaluation was due to the many innovative environmental protection policy initiatives introduced by the city. The most representative initiatives included:
I. Air pollution prevention and governance:
1. One industry was selected each year for special audits on VOCs to track emissions and assist vendors with making improvements.
2. Pioneered the use of the natural person/business certificate authentication system for the construction e-management system to enhance reporting security.
3. Phase 1 and phase 2 diesel vehicles were notified under the self-government ordinance to undergo inspections as part of anti-pollution controls.
II. Water pollution prevention and governance:
1. Introduced “Total wastewater (effluent) discharge volume controls for Sinjie River and Pusin River basins in Taoyuan City” and “Total discharge volume controls for wastewater (effluent) containing heavy metals and copper for Nankan River basin in Taoyuan City.” The city also continued to strengthen business audits and controls as well as the construction of sewer systems. Sewer system connection rate reached 21.6% at the end of 2019 and was ranked No. 1 in terms of growth out of the six metros.
2. Active efforts were made to secure approximately $600 million in total funding for Water Environment Development under the Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Plan. These included the Sihfanglin Drainage Water Quality Purification Project, Longtan Large Pond Water Quality Improvement and Water Body Environment Development Plan (phase 1 and phase 2), Dahan River Yuanshulin Drainage Water Purification (phase 2), Nankan River Upstream Water Quality Purification Project, Nankan River Shueibiantou Water Quality Purification Project, and Fulin River Water Quality Purification Project.  The water treatment plant based on the Multi-Soil-Layering (MSL) technique being built for the Longtan Large Pond Water Quality Improvement and Water Body Environment Development Plan will be the first of its kind in Taiwan. A water treatment capacity of 18,000 CMD will effectively improve the water body environment. 
III. Soil and groundwater governance:
1. Active efforts are being made for the remediation of contaminated farmland. Approximately 342 ha of farmland in Taoyuan City was registered as being contaminated by heavy metal. 255 ha of farmland have been remediated and removed from the registry to date.
2. $127 million was earmarked by City Hall for the Shenmeibi soil remediation project as part of the Taoyuan MRT Green Line’s North Depot development and is slated for completion in October this year. The completion of the project will enable the reuse of brownfields, promote sustainable land use, and contribute to economic development.
IV. Increase in waste disposal capacity:
Private sector investment was introduced under the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (PPIP Act)for the construction of a biomass energy center that combines the three functions of anaerobic digestion, thermal treatment module, and solidification landfill in Taoyuan City. Construction commenced on July 1, 2019, and is expected to commence formal operation by 2021. Once complete, it will increase the waste disposal capacity of the city.
V. Incinerated recycled aggregate:
A model was developed for inter-agency cooperation and operations that was recognized by the “National Sustainable Development Award - Sustainable Development by a Government Agency” in November 2019.  A construction project that made use of recycled aggregate also received a “Gold Quality Award” in the Public Infrastructure category of the 17th FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence Awards.
VI. Grassroots environmental education:
1. The diversified development of environmental education was achieved through the cultivation of networks. Environmental education was also promoted by integrating local natural ecological, cultural, food, and farming education, a variety of different approaches to environmental education and sustainable development concepts were.
2. Several environmental education activities were organized including the Taoyuan City environmental education illustrated book competition that attracted up to a hundred submissions. A road tour of environmental education illustrated books was then set up that exhibited in all 13 districts of Taoyuan City. A matchmaking platform was also created so that schools and communities could apply for reading and performing sessions on environmental education illustrated books. A total of 326 sessions were held attended by more than 8,800 adults and children.
VII. Action plan on climate change:
1. Taoyuan City used the Taoyuan City Development of Low-Carbon Green City ordinance as the basis for the joint implementation of reduction, mitigation, and adaptation projects by all city units. An annual Green City journal is also published to present its accomplishments for the year through graphics and metrics. A magazine format was chosen to make it easier for the general public to read and understand.
2. International engagement and cooperation with ICLEI on eco-logistics: Taoyuan has formed a partnership with ICLEI, the largest sustainable cities organization in the world, and is now the chair for the first International EcoLogistics community. An “EcoLogistics Community Chair Office” was set up and 5 ecologistics demonstration areas selected based on their unique local features, these being the Airport Storage and Logistics area, the Shalun Green Storage Park, the Qingpu Green Energy Logistics Cluster, the China Post Logistics and Huaya Science and Technology Park, and the Daxi Historic District. The demonstration projects and metrics are scheduled for completion in two years, and will be used to market Taoyuan and boost Taiwan’s international profile through international organizations.
VIII. Promotion of green purchasing:
Taoyuan City is imbuing green living concepts into the everyday life of local residents. The “Green Consumption Shopping Month” campaign was organized through green channels to encourage people to give preference to green products. Up to $1.2 billion in green products were reportedly sold by green shops during the year, the most of any city in Taiwan.
IX. Environmental cleanliness initiatives:
1. Environmental cleanliness evaluations for villages: Competitive assessments and incentives generated friendly competition between environmental volunteers from each village and encouraged local residents to join in keeping their environment clean. 
2. Independent roving patrols and establishment of rapid improvement mechanism with road authorities: Seven full-time teams were assigned to conduct multi-region roving patrols. Any problems are immediately reported and cleaned up within 4 hours to keep the roads clean.
3. Handbills for Taoyuan Citizen Card credits: Government agencies are working with city residents by encouraging the removal of handbills to keep the city looking clean.
4. Street sweeping e-management: Street sweeping program utilized e-management techniques to improve street appearances through more effective day/night-time sweeping/cleaning operations. Washing of key road sections was also carried out as part of the poor air quality response plan to guarantee the quality of life for residents.
5. Expanded mobilization for environmental clean-ups: Volunteers and members of the public were mobilized through more than 700 river, beach, sea, and lake clean-up events. The events not only helped promote environmental protection concepts but also made people feel as if they were making a difference through the removal of small and large items of rubbish from the site.
X. Recycling activities:
1. Taoyuan Citizen recycling stations: A total of 156 recycling stations were established in 2019 to provide residents with a convenient channel for recycling. Approximately $4.64 million were credited to citizen cards and 2,719 tonnes of waste recycled.
2. Promotion of source reduction: Recycling was promoted at large city events and other promotional events held as well. Taoyuan’s recycling rate has now increased from 43% in 2014 before elevation to 59.94% today. To enforce waste reduction by government agencies, TYDEP became the first city agency to ban all use of disposable utensils in November 2019. The initiative will be progressively rolled out to other units in the future.
3. Village volunteer squad and inter-school recycling competition: Recycling competitions were held for village volunteer squads and schools to boost recycling performance. Counseling initiatives such as learning from benchmarks and image makeovers were also used to boost the effectiveness of village and school recycling activities.
4. Diversified promotion of recycling: Diversified promotion includes multilingual campaigns on the Airport MRT and coaches, promotion of recycling through flea markets, and using recycling promotion vehicles for exchanging recyclables. These initiatives helped strengthen environmental education and brought recycling closer to people’s everyday lives.
5. Greater recycling and reuse: City Hall signed an “MOU on the recycling and reuse of marine waste PET bottles” with Oriental Resources Development Ltd. to process marine waste PET bottles from beach and sea clean-ups into green clothing and create a waste recycling industry chain.

TYDEP Director-General Li-teh Lu stated that environmental administration has been an ongoing effort. The city’s continued success in national environmental performance evaluations offers clear proof of accomplishments.  TYDEP is now working hard to refine its environmental protection efforts to realize the vision of transforming Taoyuan City into a green and habitable city. Future generations will be able to benefit from the sustainable development of this garden city.
 

 

Push for Environmental Sustainability Scores a Record “Ten” Awards in Environmental Performance Evaluation

 

Push for Environmental Sustainability Scores a Record “Ten” Awards in Environmental Performance Evaluation

   

Push for Environmental Sustainability Scores a Record “Ten” Awards in Environmental Performance Evaluation