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Collaboration with Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan

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Taiwan is one of the environmental leaders in the Asia Pacific region in key fields such as recycling and the management of electronic waste. The Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) Exit EPA disclaimer collaborates with U.S. partners such as the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Exit EPA disclaimer and the US EPA to address environmental challenges of common interest and concern to the United States, Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific Region.

EPA and EPAT have been collaborating for nearly two decades to help protect the environment and human health in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. Because pollution is transported globally, these efforts also help protect human health of communities around the globe.

Current collaboration activities support EPA's International Priorities.

Explore our work with EPAT:


Key Events

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    The International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) at the 2012 International WEEE Management Workshop, with EPAT Minister Shen and AIT Director Marut.

  • July 2013: EPA and EPAT organized the third annual meeting of the International E-waste Management Network (formerly the GEM Network) in Sacramento and San Francisco, CA. The meeting introduced participants to the various policies, programs and activities (both governmental and non-governmental) that contribute to e-waste management in the U.S.
  • July 2013: Commemorating 20 years of environmental cooperation, Acting EPA Administer Bob Perciasepe met with EPA Taiwan (EPAT) Minister Stephen Shen and congratulated Taiwan on its emergence as an environmental leader. He commended EPAT for leveraging the bilateral partnership into regional cooperation on mercury monitoring, managing electronic waste, site remediation, sustainable ports, environmental information, and enforcement. Minister Shen also held meetings with local and other federal partners.
  • July 2013: Minister Shen and EPA Associate Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais launched the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Partnership. Meeting participants from Taiwan, United States, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam agreed to launch a collaborative regional mercury monitoring pilot network under a common framework for operations, quality assurance, and data management. Three new mercury monitoring stations in Southeast Asia are planned for early 2014.
  • June 2013: EPA staff joined American Institute in Taiwan Director Christopher Marut, and Taiwan's Minister for Environment Dr. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, in Taipei for the unveiling of the Historical Exhibit Commemorating 20 Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation. Exit EPA disclaimer [See EPA remarks.] EPA staff also opened technical workshops on site remediation and environmental enforcement.
  • June 2013: EPA and EPAT held a four-day environmental enforcement workshop for 30 Taiwanese inspectors. The workshop, which took place in Chungli, demonstrated inspection processes and techniques via a two-day, EPA-led mock inspection of a major refinery. The workshop also explored injunctive relief and penalties with a combination of lectures, case studies, and classroom exercises.
  • May 2013: US EPA and EPA Taiwan hosted the third annual Regional Working Group on Environmental Information in Washington, DC. Experts from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the workshop, which addressed data quality, data standards and exchange, and visualization.
  • December 2012: New case study, "Recycling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in Taiwan: A Case Study." (PDF) (32 pp, 1.3 M,  About PDF Files), documents the development and implementation of Taiwan’s 4-in-1 Recycling Program, with a particular focus on the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). (Learn more: Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste).)
  • October 2012: At the second annual international e-waste workshop co-hosted by USEPA and EPA Taiwan (EPAT), participants from Asia, Africa and the Latin American and Caribbean regions decided to establish a formal network (the International E-Waste Management Network) to share economy-level information on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
  • September 2012: EPA Taiwan Minister Shen opened the second Regional Working-group on Environmental Information (RWGEI) Exit EPA disclaimer in Taipei. The goal of the working-group is to provide a forum for information exchange and capacity building in the field of environmental information, which serves as input to and a foundation for environmental strategy and policy making.
  • April 2012: Michelle DePass, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, participated in an Earth Day event at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School ( Lawrenceville, NJ), one of the pilot schools under Sustainable Jersey-Sustainable Taiwan pilot certification program.
  • March 2012: Jane Nishida, Director of the Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs, traveled to Taiwan to meet with counterparts in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Tainan to advance planning and implementation of regional collaboration initiatives on air, water, and soil quality protection among other topics.

 


Programs Supporting EPA's International Priorities


Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures:
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Partners from around the world joined EPA and EPAT to exchange expertise and collaborate on priorities and solutions to shared environmental challenges. (June 2011)

EPA experts have worked with colleagues from EPAT and other partners in the region to improve policy approaches to environmental topics, including the clean-up of contaminated sites, and regulations related to air and water quality.

Currently EPAT and EPA are working with regional partners to advance emerging priority areas, including improving Environmental Impact Assessments.

Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants:

EPA collaborates with EPAT to share expertise in development and implementation of emissions cap and trade mechanisms.

Improving Air Quality:

EPA and EPAT have collaborated on air quality protection for nearly twenty years. Together with regional partners, experts from the two agencies are currently working to reduce air pollutant emissions from ships and ports operations.

EPA has also partnered with EPAT and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) Exit EPA disclaimer to improve the capacity for atmospheric mercury monitoring, data for analysis, and modeling, and the accuracy of mercury emissions inventories with other partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Expanding Access to Clean Water:

Cleaning up contaminated sites reduces the impact of pollutants on groundwater sources. This improves ecological systems and the food supply both in Asia and the U.S.

To achieve this, EPA experts serve as technical trainers for a regional working group on the clean-up of contaminated sites, addressing topics such as technical approaches to forced-air remediation, bioremediation, and site clean-up law.

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EPA and experts from around the world visited this state of the art recycling facility in Taipei.

Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Cleaning Up E-waste:

EPA and EPAT are facilitating the exchange of expertise among policymakers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In June 2011, the first annual EPA-EPAT Regional Dialogue on Electronics Stewardship brought together experts from Japan, Nigeria, Ghana, Indonesia, Vietnam, El Salvador, among other countries.

Attendees were able to glean lessons from Taiwan’s successful experience tackling its e-waste problem over the past 20 years; follow-up case studies and future meetings will serve as resources for regional partners and will hone in on key needs related to e-waste management.

 


Key Partners Exit EPA disclaimer

Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan American Institute in Taiwan
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative's Office Sustainable Jersey
The Working Group on Remediation for Soil Groundwater Pollution of Asian Countries (ReSAG)

 


Agreements

EPA Collaborates with the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) Exit EPA disclaimer pursuant to its agreement as designated representative with the American Institute in Taiwan.

 


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Contacts
For additional information about EPA's work with EPAT, contact:

Justin Harris
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Email: harris.justin@epa.gov

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