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Pioneers in Recycling and Sustainability: Promoting Sustainable Solutions for a Green Tomorrow

During the Taiwan Green Industry International Media Day on May 20, 2019, Mr Felix Chiu, Executive Director of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), pointed out that through information dissemination, certification,  marketing counselling, and international marketing, TAITRA together with  Green Trade Project Office (GTPO) has assisted Taiwan green industries  to be recognized  globally.  Under the efforts of the team, Taiwan’s green industry exports grew by 1.5 per cent in 2018, and the global rankings for green industries of Taiwan were also outstanding with energy-saving sector ranked 6th, energy storage sector ranked 10th, and environmental protection and green materials exports ranked 12th, respectively in the world. Exports of all green industries grew significantly.

During May 20-23, 2019, TAITRA organized exclusive media visits to companies known for their green initiatives. On May 22, during our visits to green companies we gained hands-on experience of green technologies and knowledge about three of the best recycling organizations in Taiwan. Here are the highlights.

EVER-CLEAR

All of us know that nowadays water pollution and water scarcity are emerging issues in the world and are getting worse with each passing day. As an environmental  solution provider, Ever-Clear Environmental Eng. Corp., headquartered in Taichung City,  Taiwan, shows its commitment towards environmental protection and responsibilities in wastewater treatment with rich knowledge and innovative technologies. The main founder of Ever-Clear, Dr Lyndan Cho, who was the leader of Environment and Science Technology Laboratory of ITRI 20 years ago, realized the importance of water resource protection and the necessity of wastewater treatment and decided to work on the practical application of  wastewater treatment technology. Ever-Clear has expertise in industrial wastewater treatment, especially in advanced wastewater treatment. In the last few years, the company has developed its own critical and patented technologies and has success all over the world.

Ever-Clear’s lab was established in 2010 and conducts wastewater treatment feasibility study and evaluation, and necessary commissioning assistance during start-up of scale-up installations. For wastewater evaluation, the equipment used by the company for pilot test are—FBC, FBR-Fenton, FeRed-Fenton, UASB, activated sludge reactor, and jar-test. Besides, Ever-Clear also has enough ability for water quality analysis, and the instruments used are—ICP, TOC, FIA, and spectrophotometer. Ever-Clear’s BioNET® technology is a novel bio-treatment system based on porous bio-carriers. The porous carriers can provide high surface area for microbial adhesion and growth, forming a biofilm with specific microbial that can increase treatment efficiency.

To keep leading in wastewater treatment technology, Ever Clear collaborates with research insitutes such as ITRI and NCKU and found research project every year. By this excellent collaboration of knowledge and experience sharing, the organization has obtained some patented technologies and also a few innovation technology authorization from these institutes. Ever-Clear’s future development plans include:

  • Application of renewable energy
  • Remediation of polluted groundwater
  • Recycling of ion wastewater
  • Application of emerging contaminants treatment
  • Recycling of industrial wastewater

Ever-Clear has applied advanced treatment technologies and offered its solutions all over the world. They expect that their efforts should bring many positive contributions to make the environment better.

Spring Pool Glass Sustainability Through Recycling

The weather was at its pleasant best in the afternoon as we visited Spring Pool Glass and were warmly welcomed. Spring Pool Glass is Taiwan’s largest glass recycler. The company recycles about 100,000 metric tonnes of glass per year, accounting for 70 per cent of all glass recycled in Taiwan. Also, Taiwan’s glass recycling rate is the second highest in the world, behind only Sweden. The expert showed us the ‘green’building material the company had newly developed, the AH Lightweight Insulation Block. The green building material block withstood fire for several minutes and to our surprise there was no smoke whatsoever, and no burn marks on the surface. The environment-friendly energy-saving blocks are fire-resistant, sound insulating, heat insulating, vibration absorbing, non-toxic, and lightweight, giving them a very high market potential. Significantly, the material’s fire resistance and thermal insulation properties are incredible and pioneering. The fire-resistant, thermally and acoustically insulating AH Lightweight Insulation Block is most appropriate for energy-saving and environment-friendly construction materials in the future. Spring Pool Glass chairman Wu Chun-chi, has been involved in glass-related businesses for over 50 years. Wu Chun-chi gradually grew the size of his operation, developing from a collection round using a single small truck to what is now Taiwan’s largest glass recycling business. Spring Pool Glass’s tourist factory maintains the set-up of a traditional glassworks factory.  The furnace burns 24 hours a day, and there is a group of highly skilled craftspeople who are untiringly working while producing innovation.

Spring Pool Glass also promotes and practices the concept of circular economy. A circular economy (often referred to simply as ‘circularity’) is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. Spring Pool Glass is devoting itself to putting the circular economy into practice, giving waste glass a new lease of life, and using creativity to safeguard Taiwan’s sustainable future.

O’right

Across the world, textile waste has been piling up for years with no sign of sustainable counter measures until recently when O’right, a Taiwan-based company that promotes sustainability, led the way in halting this environmental problem with a groundbreaking sustainability solution—using discarded clothing as eco-building materials. As a pioneer in raising the standard for sustainability, O’right is committed to developing innovative solutions for a greener future. The company has found a novel way of combating the current worldwide plastic waste crisis.

Founded in 2002, O’right is grounded on the philosophy of natural, pure and eco-friendly, dedicated to embracing a green lifestyle and exploring the limitless possibilities of going green. O’right is the first hair care company in Taiwan to emphasize green raw materials, green manufacturing, green packaging, green waste, green power, green factory, green marketing and green services, all linked to form a green supply chain. In fact, every decision O’right makes as a green business is underpinned by its philosophy of ‘Green, Sustainability and Innovation.’

O’right has opened its second stand-alone store located in the busy city centre of Taipei, boasting a signboard that is made from 416 recycled t-shirts and 175 kg of recycled plastics. According to A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future, a report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2017, out of the 53 million tonnes of fibres that are produced every year in the fashion world, 73 per cent end up in a landfill or are incinerated, with just less than 1 per cent reused to make new clothes. If the industry continues on its current path, textile production will account for more than 25 per cent of the carbon budget for a 2°C pathway. Yet, O’right, as part of its path towards a sustainable, zero-carbon world, has made sure to factor environmental issues into each and every one of its decision processes, in order to make a significant impact on the green beauty sector.

Da-an Concept Store’s creative visual display gives customers a look at the raw materials used for the signboard and the concept of the innovative ‘Tree in the Bottle Shampoo’. The innovative ‘Tree in the Bottle’is made from vegetable waste and plant starch and embedded with acacia tree seeds, which allows the bottle to be broken down naturally and grow into a tree after being buried in soil for a year.  Access to detailed information of green products and green concepts is offered through QR code scanning, providing not only an aesthetic shopping experience but also a lesson in environmental education. There is also a water recycling mechanism shaped as a shampoo bottle that allows used tap water to be drained and reused as water for flowering the plants in the area. Bringing plants and greenery to the interior design is a reflection of O’right’s green concepts. Large windows bring in more natural light and keep the store well-ventilated with the help of fans, thus reducing the use of air-conditioning and lighting. The leaf-shaped mirrors hanging from the ceiling produces images of the store, like rain drops in the forest, symbolizing the connection between human and nature and O’right’s vision for a green tomorrow.

Overall, visits to all the three companies was quite enriching and rewarding. We realized that a lot of efforts and pioneering initiatives are being taken by organizations in Taiwan to promote the concept of recycling and environmental sustainability. Such pioneering efforts would surely culminate in a better planet for us and our future generations.#

Article by Editorial Team, TerraGreen.

   
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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013


The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to [email protected]

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
[email protected]