IDB to help LCD TV, electric-vehicle makers set up model "green" plants

Jun 30, 2005 Ι Industry In-Focus Ι Electronics and Computers Ι By Quincy, CENS
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Taipei, June 30, 2005 (CENS)--The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will select two local makers, including one of liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs and another high-efficiency electric vehicles, and help them set up model "green" facilities.

The IDB move is designed to go in line with the implementation of the EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and EC Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS).

According to IDB, the government will assist the first two model plants in utilizing more dissolvable, easy-to-tear down, and recyclable materials as well as specifications on their products to maintain their international competitiveness.

IDB said that the weight of recycled resources from wastes in Taiwan has reached about 1,032 tons per year, which can translate into an annual production value of NT$32.8 billion (US$10.5 billion at US$1: NT$31.3) from recycling industrial wastes. The bureau anticipated that the value to rise sharply after WEEE and RoHS come into forces.

IDB has mapped out some plans to help bolster the development of the resource-recycling industry in Taiwan, including providing needed techniques, subsidizing promotion campaigns as contests.

IDB said that the first two selected plants would be paragon for "green design or production," meaning that they would adopt more recyclable or recycled materials and environment-friendly designs and specifications. IDB plans to promote such "green" concepts and practices into other makers in the same lines and makers in other lines, so as to upgrade resources recycling in Taiwan.
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