| March 8, 1994
Dear Mr. Smith,
Previous correspondence Thank you
for your letter dated 31 December 1993 and for the publication
"Cutting Your Losses 2." In response, I'd like to propose a technological
information exchange regarding environmental pollution prevention
and waste minimization.
Your organization's background and pertinent
activity WEIC is a non-governmental, non-profit subsidiary
of Union Chemical Laboratories of the Industrial Technology Research
Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan. We are currently involved in a long-term
project entitled "Industrial Waste Minimization Information Service,"
which has already been sponsored for more than three years by
our government's Industrial Development Bureau(IDB). The goal
of this long-term project focuses on providing relevant information
on industrial waste minimization. Our major work includes publication
of a bimonthly waste minimization magazine, facilitation of waste
exchange/reuse, and dissemination of commercialized waste minimization
technologies. The experimental results generated in this project
have already been most helpful in Taiwan's environmental protection
Need for technology Rapid economic
growth in Taiwan annually produces more than seven million tons
of municipal waste and thirty million tons of industrial waste.
To alleviate this problem, government, industry, and research
and technology organizations have all recognized that product
technology improvement would be a most effective solution. Many
such projects currently focus on the study and implementation
of life cycle assessment, clean technology, and 'polluter pays'
policies. We recognize that ensuring the continued success of
our efforts in Taiwan depends on the open sharing and exchange
of related experiences with other similar organizations. Enclosed
please find a presentation document that provides further insight
into WEIC, Taiwan.
Suggestions on how to begin information
exchange I am looking forward to hearing your ideas or
suggestions regarding this information exchange opportunity. I
would also like to arrange for a ten-day technical visit to your
organization this upcoming May as the initial step of our cooperation.
If at all possible, please notify me as to which dates are most
convenient for you. A tentative visiting schedule would also be
appreciated. Thanks in advance for your careful consideration;
I am looking forward to our future cooperation.