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
To promote digital transformation of the MICE industry, the International Trade Administration (TITA) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has promoted the "EXPO-TECH Digital Exhibition Pilot Project" and conducted demonstrations at the Taiwan Hardware Show and Kaohsiung Food Show in October this year. By demonstrating a variety of digital exhibition solutions, it has helped professional exhibition organizers (PEO) move towards digitalization and green transformation.This year, TITA has expanded its cooperation with domestic technological companies by introducing new forms of digital exhibition technology to events, which has provided participants with a new exhibition experience. For example, utilizing low-carbon and low-power full color e-paper technology to create an "Energy-efficient Digital Poster", and implementing reusable "electronic identification cards" and "digital exhibit tags" to foster green exhibition transformation.In addition, through the "XR Interactive Experience Zone" at the Kaohsiung Food Show, visitors were able to appreciate the sustainable management philosophy of the Kaohsiung Yungan Fishermen's Association from the production site to the table, which gained high recognition from partners. These 2 exhibitions presented 6 exhibition technologies that achieved fruitful results and induced many MICE industry PEOs to anticipate more business opportunities in the future.
The Taipei International Convention Center recently obtained the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association that introduced the latest hygiene standards certification for responding to biohazard crisis in facilities such as airports, train stations, hotels, public places, and exhibition halls following the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.Currently, around 1,700 GBAC STAR™ accreditations have been issued worldwide. This accreditation signifies Taipei International Convention Center's commitment to elevating and meeting the high standards of international health and safety control, providing a secure and high-quality conference venue. The TICC is the first conference venue in Taiwan that has achieved GBAC STAR™ certification. Other venues in Taiwan that have obtained this accreditation include the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and the Grand Hyatt Hotel.