In view of the great importance of the global warming issue addressed by countries around the world, the Environmental Protection Administration promotes the carbon footprint labeling sceheme by implementing this project so as to reach goals such as sustainable development for the environment, economy and the society. Achievements of implementing this project include the following:
1. Four meetings were convened for the purpose of communication and negotiation. Moreover, a hotline is created for the inquiry service. An official website is set up and maintained to keep a smooth and fluent communication channel. By means of the organization of a merrting to set up ISO14067 standards and other seminars on the carbon footprints, substantial material from five international meetings are collected. A list of experts and professionals from Taiwan and abroad was updated.
In addition, a review meeting for the regulation system is held so as to find out the problems resulted from the existing carbon footprint labeling system. Thus, the findings will serve as good reference when it comes to studying and amending the carbon footprint labeling system.
2. For the 2011 Work Plan of the Demonstration and Consultation Scheme on Carbon Footprint Labeling for Products, a requirement notice for the contest is drafted. Six categories of products that have not adopted the carbon footprint labeling are selected. They include products such as food and consumption items for the daily necessities. The management unit in charge of the consultation work for this project organised a workshop on the training of product's carbon footprint review and inspection, in which participants who had fully participation in the course and training and who had met the requirements related to this field are given with a course certificate.
3. Material and data related to carbon footprint labeling in foreign countries such as England, japan and France are collected and incorporated into the creation of a comparison chart for 11 countries with regards to the similarities and difference of their system from one country to another. The study also includes a review on our product labeling system. For the issues and challenges, the report also set forth corresponding solutions and measures to address the problems. The purpose of this is to come up with a good reference document to assist the modification of the system. Moreover, assistance is also provided for the Environmental Protection Administration to organize three product carbon footprint labeling and review meetings, 15 group meetings for the inspection teams, 10 group meetings for the technical team and 1 group meeting for the promotion team.In the meantime, the existing documents related carbon footprint labeling system including standard procedures to issue the carbon footprint labeling certificates, procedure instructions on the categorization rules for carbon footprint products and so on are compiled and modified so as to serve as reference for the reviewing and inspection for carbon footprint products.
4. Media promotion is undertaken by using the following channels: 5 special reports on the print media, a 30-second TV commercial, a 30-second audio promotion clip, promotional advertisement on the Internet, 500 cpoies of a folded promotional literature in English, 2000 pieces of a carbon footprint labeling promotional item (called Wind Grass Planting Bottle and distributed in related promotional events for the 2011 Green Life Exposition and the series of events under the theme of the Discover Carbon Footprint Labeling. Moreover, the official website, "Carbon Footprint Taiwant, EPA" is continuously maintained, managed and developed. A report to select companies who demonstrated excellency in carbon footprint reduction is also compiled for the referencing needs by the organization hosts.
Through the implementing and promotion of the system and its related prijects, we expect that the domestic policies related to this issue can be in tune with the international development so as to set our feet firmly on the global stage.