At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development(Rio+20) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20 to 22, 2012, national leaders and high-level representatives from more than 180 countries reconfirmed their commitment to sustainable development and to ensuring the promotion of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations. They also affirmed that fundamental changes in the way societies consume and produce are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development.
Taiwan has been dedicated to promoting sustainable consumption and production for about 20 years. It introduced the Green Mark system in 1993 and led Asia in introducing the first mandatory green purchasing approach through its Government Procurement Act in 1998. Private-sector green purchasing has also been encouraged through various promotional campaigns. Given this solid support for sustainable consumption and production, the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) launched the Green Trade Promotion Project in 2011 to promote Taiwan’s green products and services in the international market and assist Taiwanese companies in obtaining the latest information on international environment standards and regulations.
As one of the efforts under the Green Trade Promotion Project, the project office publishes the Taiwan Eco-products Directory every year, registering Taiwanese companies and their high-quality products which are made in Taiwan and have obtained authorized environmental labeling or certification. The office staff also works with the Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organization (APO) to incorporate Taiwan’s eco-products into the APO Eco-products Database. By the end of 2011, a total of 289 eco-products produced in Taiwan had been included in this database, ranking second only after Japan among all APO member countries. I am immensely pleased to see the publication of this year’s Directory, which presents 297 eco-products produced by 118 Taiwanese companies. This attests to the continued and concerted efforts of Taiwan to contribute to the goal of sustainable development.
Director General, Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA