MEET TAIWAN Leads MICE sustainability in Asia by publishing the《2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper》


The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) hosted a Taiwan MICE ESG Day on December 28, 2022. The event included a press conference to announce that the 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper was published, and included a ceremony to issue ISO certifications to MICE suppliers who were counseled by Taiwan's MICE Promotion Program (MEET TAIWAN). To recharge post-pandemic Net-Zero Emissions and Green MICE efforts, the BOFT cooperated with KPMG and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to establish SIRCO (Sustain & Integrate Resources and CO-operate for mutual benefits and sustainability), providing MICE suppliers with a clear guideline of Green MICE practices.

Although the MICE industry has been challenged by COVID-19 for the past two years, the BOFT assisted local MICE suppliers with improving themselves in preparation for the reopening of the world after the pandemic. The 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper was co-published by the BOFT and Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI). Following global sustainability trends and continuing Taiwan’s excellent achievement of promoting Green MICE, this white paper is the first and most complete MICE Sustainability document in Asia—further advancing Taiwan to a higher level in the global Green MICE market.

Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO of UFI, mentioned “In UFI, we believe that the climate crises is one of the biggest challenges that we face in the exhibition and meeting industry over the coming years. The most important thing is that every player in the industry works together, minimizing the negative impact to the environment”.

Referring to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the BOFT'sGreen MICE Guideline, and Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050 published by the National Development Council, the 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper covers an entire range of details and scenarios. It also takes MICE industry and stakeholder features into consideration. Combining five factors (sustainability, impact, resilience, collaboration and ownership) and comprehensively considering the life cycle of the MICE industry, the SIRCO cooperative serves as a standard not only for carbon reduction and governance practices, it also extends the positive impact from Green MICE to other industries, utilizing the MICE industry as an important driving force for sustainable development. Next year, the BOFT will launch a Sustainable Empowerment Counseling Service for Taiwan MICE events by applying the 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper, providing customized services, and working with industry players to achieve event sustainability.

Accompanied by MEET TAIWAN, the BOFT also assists MICE venues with achieving sustainability goals. Last year, BOFT has assisted Hilton Taipei Sinban to complete their ISO 50001 Energy Management System, and counselled Big Dome Event Rental Service Co., Ltd. for publishing the first ever sustainability report which was made spontaneously by Taiwanese MICE supplier. This year, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centers I and II were the first venues to accomplish the Greenhouse Gas Inventory according to the ISO 14064-1: 2018 standard. The International Convention Center in Tainan, which just celebrated its opening this April, rapidly acquired the ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management Systems standard. And the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center is the only venue in Taiwan which is GBAC STAR™ certified.

Through the collaboration of Green-certified venues and MICE suppliers in Taiwan, MICE sustainability in Taiwan is becoming stronger and more mature. As a backup force of Taiwan’s MICE industry, the BOFT has been assisting related stakeholders with reaching Green Goals. Sustainable MICE events are no longer wishful thinking, they are now a reality, thanks to actions and hard work of national and local governments and MICE suppliers. The awareness of significant issues, such as Net-Zero Emissions and Sustainability, has been quickly rising these years. 2023 is a brand new start for the MICE industry to recover from the pandemic. The BOFT will continue promoting Green MICE business and bolstering industry strength, empowering the energy of Taiwan’s MICE industry to revitalize the Taiwanese MICE brand.


  • 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper.pdf
  • 2022 Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper (Outline).pdf



Taipei International Machine Tool Show Anticipates Thousands of Exhibitors in March

The 2023 Taipei International Machine Tool Show will be held from March 6 to 11. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council announced that the exhibition will focus on the issues of environmental protection and carbon emission reduction, and that an ESG double-core activity will be the main theme. Thousands of exhibitors will participate in the exhibition, with nearly 6,200 booths anticipated.Co-hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry, the 2023 Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) is going to be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Halls 1 and 2, as well as at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hal (TWTC). The ESG double-core activity includes the ESG action!: Sustainability series and ESG in TIMTOS: Discern the Future by Manufacture series.TAITRA mentioned that net zero emission is imminent, and the EU will have a trial implementation of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in October. Taiwan passed the third reading of its Climate Change Adaptation Act and will start a carbon tax fee in 2024. The USA and other countries are also preparing or considering taxing carbon emissions, in addition to building a carbon emission trade system. Various industries at home and abroad are gearing up to strengthen corporate carbon governance and constrain their supply chain partners' carbon emissions. For the machine tool industry, which manufacturing-based, 2023 is undoubtedly a critical year for net zero carbon emissions.TAITRA emphasizes that in the wave of Net Zero, it is urgent for machine tool manufacturers and their supply chains to strengthen the effectiveness of their carbon reduction. This year, TIMTOS will launch its ESG action!: Sustainability Series activity, which will include a consultation service for a corporate carbon health check, called Dr. Net Zero, at TWTC Hall 1. This will bring together the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service, the Taiwan Association of Green Energy Transition, Ernst & Young Taiwan ,and RCI Engineering, Inc. to provide participants one-on-one professional carbon-issue consultations.In addition, the Insight Stage, another highlight which will be in TWTC Hall 1, will showcase an ESG Sustainability Seminar and a Green Tool Manufacturing Talk. These will feature carbon-reduction consultants who will share their successful experiences with green industry leaders such as Tongtai, Fair Friend, and Yeong Chin, to help machine tool manufacturers become carbon-reduction masters.For the ESG in TIMTOS series, ESG will extend to the technical field, focusing on more efficient, smarter, and sustainable trends of equipment transformation. The content will include a Future Manufacturing Forum, Maker Workshop: The Key to Intelligent Manufacturing in Metalworking, Parts Cleaning Seminar: Marine & Offshore Machinery, Manufactures WIN live podcast, and a themed guided tour of the Metal Processing Ecosystem across three halls—all held at the Insight Stage in TWTC Hall 1.It is worth mentioning that this year, TIMTOS will also add three new thematic areas—Advanced Metalworking Technology, Additive Manufacturing, and Future Manufacturing—to explore the transformation of the machine tool industry by combining professional technologies and easy interaction.Source: NOWnews