The Bureau of Foreign Trade commissioned the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to implement its Sustainable MICE, Taking Strides Towards Net Zero project under the MEET TAIWAN program this year (2023). A press conference was held today (April 27) to promote policies and methods for sustainable MICE, encouraging MICE companies to utilize government resources to enhance their competitiveness in corporate sustainability, jointly entering into a new era of net zero emissions.
The sustainable MICE project aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, as well as the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. The project is divided into three segments: evaluation and guidance, speaking out and taking action, and encouragement and honor.
The first segment, evaluation and guidance, provides three resources: helping MICE companies reduce carbon emissions, the Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper, and helping MICE companies gain ISO certifications and producing corporate sustainability reports. These guidance resources are tailored to enhance MICE industry sustainability. MEET TAIWAN provides customized consultation services. Companies may submit applications based on their individual needs and further transition towards sustainability.
The second segment, speaking out and taking action, involves promoting Taiwan’s international image of sustainable MICE. Last year, the Net Zero Carbon Events – Route to Net Zero report published by JMIC during COP 27 resounded with the global MICE industry. This year, the Bureau of Foreign Trade and JMIC co-organized an event during COP 28, jointly promoting the net zero initiative for the global MICE industry, the Taiwan MICE Sustainability White Paper, and carbon reduction results of Taiwan’s MICE industry—all contributing to Taiwan’s sustainable MICE image. Taiwan also launched 100 x 100 campaign that called on 100 MICE stakeholders to carry out 100 sustainable MICE actions, jointly engaging in sustainable MICE.
The third segment, encouragement and honor, recognizes Taiwan’s MICE companies for their efforts and contributions to sustainable MICE. The annual Sustainable MICE Awards this year will highlight SDGs and carbon reduction with an SDGs Action Award and a Carbon Reduction Action Award. Companies are encouraged to submit the results of their sustainability actions for consideration, providing an opportunity to share and engage in exchanges with MICE peers while increasing exposure.
In addition to announcing the Sustainable MICE, Taking Strides Towards Net Zero project, the press conference also declared this a year of carbon reduction and sustainability action for Taiwan’s MICE industry. A variety of action plans were introduced, showing that the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs—Taiwan’s competent MICE industry authority—attaches great importance to sustainability issues. Stakeholders of the MICE industry were invited to participate in the event, and a service table was set up at the event site with personnel from the Industrial Technology Research Institute, KPMG, and Taiwan MICE Project Office to provide companies with consultation services for sustainability action plans. This increased the confidence of attending MICE companies and encouraged them to actively support sustainable MICE actions.
The Bureau of Foreign Trade provides customized guidance and is now assisting Taiwan’s MICE industry with realizing net zero emissions by 2050. The Sustainable MICE, Taking Strides Towards Net Zero project will steer MICE company growth and enhancement, contributing to Taiwan’s sustainable MICE and international image.
The SDGs Asia Exhibition was hosted by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) with the National Council for Sustainable Development of the Executive Yuan and the Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals (A‧SDGs) as co-organizers. The opening ceremony was launched in conjunction with the 2023 Asia-Pacific Sustainability Action Awards ceremony, where top sustainable leaders from various sectors and both public and private entities who are dedicated to realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals gathered, showcasing Taiwan's vibrant sustainability capacity.Premier Chen Chien-Jen attended the opening ceremony and presented awards to recipients, affirming the efforts of all winners and exhibitors in enhancing Taiwan's sustainable future and actively aligning with the international community. He emphasized that Taiwan President Tsai announced the national goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the government has subsequently established policies, regulations, and organizational adjustments. Alongside the enactment of the Climate Change Adaption Act earlier this year, the Executive Yuan also approved the Net-Zero Emissions Roadmap and Net-Zero Technology Plan. The Environmental Protection Administration will be restructured into the Ministry of Environment next month, and the Taiwan Stock Exchange will establish the Taiwan Carbon Solution Exchange. While achieving net-zero emissions is a formidable task, it is firmly believed that with the collective engagement of the government, businesses, and citizens, it can be realized, creating a brighter future for generations to come.In alignment with the national goal and pathway towards net-zero emissions by 2050, this year's exhibition centered around the theme, Towards a Net Zero Future. It encompassed seven major zones that presented the implementation status of national sustainability goals and efforts across public and private sectors. The policy and city zones, central ministries and nine municipalities and counties—Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu County, Chiayi City, and Yunlin County—all actively conveyed policy content through various creative means. The energy, corporations, living, education, and NGO zones corresponded to the government's four transition strategies in the fields of energy, industry, life, and society.This year, the Asia-Pacific Sustainability Action Awards received 79 and 321 submissions respectively, totaling 400 proposals. Following rigorous evaluation by over a hundred scholars, experts, and eminent members of society, 68 and 279 exceptional action plans were selected from the outstanding initiatives received. In the category of Livable and Sustainable City Award, Kaohsiung City, Taichung City, and Taipei City were each awarded Outstanding City, while New Taipei City and Tainan City were recognized as Excellence City.Source: Economic Daily News
The sustainable transformation of enterprises is attracting public attention. The Commerce Development Research Institute and the ESG Global Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to expand the benefits of ESG training and counseling for industries and to assist companies with promoting ESG implementation so they can achieve their net zero carbon emission goals.The Commerce Development Research Institute pointed out in a press release that the scope of future cooperation and projects included raising awareness and building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve net zero carbon emissions, helping them seize sustainable business opportunities, enhancing industrial competitiveness, increasing resilience, and internalizing ESG as their core, as well as grasping sustainable business opportunities, enhancing industrial competitiveness, and promoting all-round cooperation in ESG talent cultivation and other related issues.According to CDRI Chairman Hsu Tain-Tsair, last year the Institute announced the First Year of ESG Sustainability Promotion launch and provided a one-stop service of ESG Solutions for Service Industries to enterprises. In the face of increasing industry and market demand, the combination of R&D service experience of Digital Transformation x ESG Sustainable Transformation and the professional cross-disciplinary cooperation of the ESG Sustainability Association will surely provide twice the motivation for Taiwan's enterprises to move towards the ultimate goal of zero carbon emissions for sustainable development.According to Chang Ching-Fang, chairman of the ESG Global Federation, Taiwan emits an average of more than 11 metric tons of carbon dioxide per person every year, which is about 2.5 times the amount of the world average, so achieving net zero emissions by 2050 is a very tough task. In addition to the introduction and improvement of new materials, manufacturing processes and methods, enterprises should also make early arrangements for carbon trading to achieve carbon neutrality.Source: Economic Daily News