There are four major tasks for the project:
1.To promote the sustainable materials management and the methodology of national material flow indicators.
(1)The modification of the draft of the program of Sustainable Materials Management; The establishment of cross-ministries connection windows among MOEA, COA, CPAMI, CAMOF, DGBAS; Setting up a consultation meeting and a cross-departmental meeting to reach a consensus.
(2)Planning a strategy for rare/precious metal usage after reviewing relevant national laws, which includes 4 parts: 1. The sustainable supply strategy; 2. The industrial strategy for promoting resource use efficiency; 3. The consumer-related strategy for adopting the service model.
(3)Produced the calculation of national materials flow indicators menu and the provided suggestions to MPI (Management Performance Indicator) and OPI (Operational Performance Indicators).
2.To enhance the national integrated cyclic resource database
(1)The database maintenance and enhancement of the database with the contents of pollution datasets, the price datasets of rare/precious metal, and the environmental impact coefficients; The planning of the data collection for products and sub-products.
(2)The enhancement of the functions of the national indicator system, which includes the homepage adjustment, the Sankey chart of material flow through industries, the webpage of national material flow indicator for public awareness.
(3)National resources input-output table had been extended with the physical flows in 2014. The materials data tables were rearranged to link to the associated sectors. Prices of commodities and impacts of resources were added into the extension of the table. Two functions were developed and integrated into the system. The first one depicts the flow network of a material which passed various relating sectors. The second one identifies the sectors directly producing wastes and indirectly causing the waste streams. A new function of material footprint analysis has been designed to see how much materials of biomass, metal, non-metal mineral, and fossil fuel is consumed by each upstream sector, which are counted as the material footprints of the target sector. The function would ready to be integrated into the system. To better capture the opportunities to promote quality and value retained circulation. A value chain Sankey diagram for Taiwan’s Steel has been complied. Such diagram with refined elaborations could facilitate the development of circular economy strategies. The planning of urban mining model including methodologies and 2 case demonstrations of the indium and copper recycling potential of TV and AC, respectively.
(4)The improvement of system management functions and data exchange mechanism.
(5)The planning of big data analytics for industrial waste reporting data, which includes the big data framework review of USA, our suggestions, and the demonstration of the relationship of material usage, industrial type, and waste production.
3.To screen and study the usage of critical materials, to research and propose critical materials recycling strategies
(1)"Indium" and “Gallium” were the priority to 2 rare and precious key resources we recommended, and analyzed their application in the industrial supply chains in this year. We also collected the management and improvement cases of rare and precious resources in the domestic and international region. To evaluate the prospects and suggestions of sustainable management, we consulted 10 experts regarding raw materials management, production process management, resource recycling and other oriented management for the required rare metal resources, such as Indium and Gallium, in the technology industry.
(2)40 plant field surveys were completed and 40 industry representatives were consulted. The survey analyzed and reported the flow distribution data of 2 key materials mentioned above, indium and gallium, out of relevant representative firms. We also studied the practical operation solutions by holding an efficiency-enhancing of material usage seminar to discuss the feasible solving orientation.
(3)Based on the above analysis and survey results of the critical materials, we organized the domestic and international management measures to elaborate management strategies for future. Through an expert consultation session, we deliberated about feasible promoting approach to construct management of critical materials of the rare and precious resources.
4.The international cooperation and other supporting items.
(1)The study tour in California, USA, 12/1~12/11, which aims the sustainable material management and waste reduction management; A network consultation meeting for discussing the international experience exchange and the 4th international conference of SMM.
(2)The recruitment of an on-site engineer for handling the administrative affairs related to this project.