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2017-09-12 09:00
Minister presented the first overseas version of green building certificate in Thailand
Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) visited Thailand to present Taiwan’s green building label EEWH certification to a Thailand-based Taiwanese enterprise for the first time on July 28. The move marks the first step toward the internalization of green building evaluation system of Taiwan. Minister Yeh noted that Taiwan shares the same global challenges of global warming, climate change, high population density, natural resources shortage, and energy shortage; moreover, the energy consumption of domestic buildings accounts for 28.3% of total consumed in the whole nation, thus, green building serves to demonstrate the harmony between human and nature. The presentation of the first ever overseas version of certificate to Taiwanese enterprise in Thailand marked an important milestone for the green building that Taiwan has been promoting for more than a decade. It highlights Taiwan’s active role in taking responsibility of environmental sustainability and will become a new role model of green building in the subtropical climate zone.

Minister Yeh noted that EEWH is a globally-recognized green building evaluation system of Taiwan, and the presentation of the overseas version of certificate is the first step to make Taiwan’s green buildings recognized by international communities. He hoped that the green building label of Taiwan will help enhance competitiveness of Southeast Asia-based Taiwanese enterprises and practice civic responsibilities jointly as citizens of earth. He also expected that when the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand relocate in the future, the new office will employ the green building system of Taiwan and become a symbol that represents Taiwan.

Minister Yeh presents the first overseas version of green building label in Thailand

Minister Yeh presents the first overseas version of green building label in Thailand

The Ministry of the Interior noted that the number of EEWH-certified buildings in Taiwan is the top one in Asia and the second largest in the world right after the US LEED. The certification system has long been affirmed globally, and it has given a total of 6,474 public and private buildings the green building certificate or candidate certificate. The certified green buildings are estimated to save 1.61 terawatt-hours of electricity, and reduce 75.71 million tons of water as well as 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which equals to the carbon dioxide consumed by a 60,000- hectare large artificial forest.

Following the rise of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in recent years, Taiwanese enterprises with operations in Southeast Asia also express their hope to receive the EEWH certificate for enhancing environmental substantiality and improve green company image to gain collaboration opportunities with international firms. Therefore, the Ministry has made certification standards specifically for Southeast Asia where the climate is similar with that of Taiwan, and started to receive overseas applications for green building certification since July 1. Finally, the Ministry presented the first overseas version of EEWH certificate on July 28.

Minister Yeh pointed out that the substantiality of environment is the goal of every country, so the promotion of green building system will not be limited by country boundaries. The presentation of the first overseas version of green building certificate is an important landmark that symbolizes Taiwan’s active role in taking responsibility of environmental sustainability. As Taiwan companies have made a great number of investments and constructions in Southeast Asia, it will help improve the development of local economy and increase job opportunities. In addition, the promotion of green building system will assist Taiwanese enterprises in introducing the role model of green building that is suitable for subtropical climate to the region and conducting the obligation and responsibility for environment as citizens of earth.

Minister Yeh visits Thailand and delivers speech at the “Forum on Green Building and Carbon Footprint Certification System and Business Opportunities for Taiwanese Enterprises Overseas”

Minister Yeh visits Thailand and delivers speech at the “Forum on Green Building and Carbon Footprint Certification System and Business Opportunities for Taiwanese Enterprises Overseas”

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