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's《Green 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.
On December 19, MEET TAIWAN hosted a Sustainable MICE, Taking Strides Towards Net Zero sharing event. This event showcased the significant strides Taiwan has taken in sustainability and carbon reduction efforts over the past year, achieved through guidance and incentive measures in partnership with MICE stakeholders.To encourage international business travelers to extend their stays in Taiwan, the International Trade Administration (TITA) and the Taiwan Tourism Administration (TTA) collaborated to produce a travel incentive program. Scheduled to begin in 2024, the program will offer travel subsidies of up to NT$2,000 (approximately US$ 65) per person per visit and a maximum of NT$500,000 (approximately US$ 16,000) per event, aiming to promote the development of Taiwan's MICE and tourism industries.This year, MEET TAIWAN also launched a MICE carbon footprint calculator to assist organizers and exhibitors with quickly estimating carbon emissions of their events. The convention and exhibition Product Category Rules (PCR) were also established, paving the way for organizers of Taiwanese MICE activities to pursue ISO 14067 certification starting next year. With support from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), 25 MICE industry entities successfully reduced their carbon emissions by 148 tons, averaging a 70% reduction.The event featured a certification ceremony for companies that have achieved international standards, plus the MICE Sustainability Awards. A highlight of the year was the collaboration between TITA and SEMI Taiwan, where the canvas used for a large banner at SEMICON Taiwan 2023 was recycled into reusable lunch bags and donated to students in disadvantaged communities, demonstrating an exemplary standard of sustainability and friendliness.Looking ahead, MEET TAIWAN will continue to support Taiwan's MICE industry in its pursuit of sustainable development and in enhancing its international competitiveness.
The 2023 Sustainable MICE Awards, organized by the International Trade Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs, encourages Taiwan's MICE industry to practice sustainable ESG concepts and reduce carbon emissions to achieve sustainability goals.The Sustainable MICE Award for SDG Implementation recognizes MICE companies that have innovative approaches to implementing sustainable development goals in the areas of environment, society, and economy.The Sustainable MICE Award for Carbon Emission Reduction recognizes innovative and replicable practices of carbon emission reduction during events organized by MICE companies and NGOs.This year, a total of 35 projects vied for an award; after a two-month review by a professional judging panel, the top three of each award and several best practices were selected.Notably, there were 27 projects entered in the Carbon Emission Reduction category this year. To encourage continuous improvement of MICE industry participants regarding sustainable actions and innovative practices, the judging panel decided to increase the category's number of best practice awards. Consequently, there were a total of 6 best practices for Carbon Emission Reduction this year.The Sustainable MICE Award winners for this year are:Sustainable MICE Award—SDG ImplementationWinners1ST PlaceICC Tainan Green Year, ICC Tainan Co., Ltd.2ND PlaceInterplan 3D Configurator, Interplan International Corp.3RD PlaceISO 20121 implementation across events, arTecture Co., LBest Practice【The Sustainable Development Vision Project】, Round Table Professional Conference OrganizerBest PracticeOYA_Low Carbon Solution, O,YA MARKETING SOLUTION & INTERIOR DESIGN CO., LTD.Sustainable MICE Award—Carbon Emission ReductionWinners1ST PlaceHaoFun_Sustainable Tourism Expo, Golocalday Ltd.2ND PlaceWorld Earth Day & World Reading Day Events, Buddha's Light International Association Chung Hua3RD PlaceSDGs Asia 2023, Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE)Best PracticeDigiAsia 2022, Taipei Association of Advertising Agencies (TAAA)Best PracticeAsia Pride Games Taipei 2022 & Sports and Equal Rights Conference, Taiwan Gay Sports & Movement AssociationBest PracticeSDGs Asia 2023-"GILDAN Sustainable Clothing Showcase Pavilion", ArtDoor Creative Co., Ltd.Best Practice2023 42nd Young Designers’ Exhibition (YODEX), Taiwan Design Research InstituteBest PracticeSustainable Taiwan Expo 2022, Intercon Convention Management Co., Ltd.Best PracticeTaiwan Smart Agriweek 2023 & Taiwan International Ocean and Fisheries Industry Show 2023, MY Exhibition Co., Ltd.To congratulate all of the Sustainable MICE Award winners, a press conference and awards ceremony has been held on December 19, 2023, at the Taipei International Convention Center. Presenting the awards will be the Ministry of Economic Affairs' International Trade Administration Director General.
The Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA) recently held its 2023 annual assembly in Bangkok, Thailand. Taiwan was represented by Chiu Hui-Li, president of the Taiwan Exhibition and Convention Association (TECA), and Director Yang Chia-Hsien of the Taiwan International Trade Administration (TITA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Members of the Taiwan delegation included representatives from Chan Chao, K&A International, and the Kaohsiung Global MICE Association, who shared insights into MICE trends in Taiwan and introduced Taiwan's MICE industry through videos. Director Yang of the International Trade Administration emphasized that Taiwan's MICE activities are highly competitive internationally and welcomed exhibitors and attendees from around the world to participate in Taiwan's MICE events.TECA President Chiu Hui-Li, who is also deputy secretary-general of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), pointed out that in recent years several new exhibition centers have been and will be ready, including the International Convention Center Tainan, Taoyuan Convention and Exhibition Center, and Taichung Convention and Exhibition Center. With support of local governments, these developments are expected to bring in new business opportunities for Taiwan's MICE industry.During this AFECA assembly, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand, together with the AFECA Chairman, presented the AFECA Leadership Recognition Award to three AFECA Honorary Chairpersons. Among them, Yeh Ming-Shui, the Honorary Chairman of TECA, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Asian MICE industry. AFECA also awarded the AFECA Star Award to various national MICE associations. In Taiwan, both the Taiwan Exhibition and Convention Association (TECA) and the Taiwan Convention & Exhibition Association (TCEA) received this prestigious honor.Source: China Times