March 3, 1994
Dear Ms. Smith,
Acknowledgements and enclosed information Thank you for your
prompt response to my inquiry regarding the UNEP working group on sustainable product
development. I was also pleased to learn of your interest in WEIC, Taiwan. Enclosed please find
a presentation document that may give further insight into the "Industrial Waste Minimization
Information Service" Project.
From your press release, dated February 15, 1994, on the new UNEP
working group on sustainable product development, I learned much that I'm sure will prove
beneficial to waste minimization efforts in Taiwan.
Current problem and efforts to solve that problem
Rapid economic growth in Taiwan has brought more than seven million tons of municipal waste
and thirty million tons of industrial waste annually. To alleviate this threat, the government, the
industrial sector, and various research and technology organizations are working together to
achieve sustainable product technology. Many researchers have recently focused their efforts on
the study and implementation of life cycle assessment, clean technology, and 'polluter pays' policies.
Proposed visit I am pleased to hear that a new working group on
sustainable product development is to be established. At this time, I am keenly interested in visiting
Dr. Jones and his staff to learn of all the operational aspects involved with this program. I would
like to arrange for a ten day technical visit to your department and other pertinent places this
upcoming May. Accompanying me would be Ms. Chang, an engineer with China Technical
Consultants, Inc., and Mr. Liu, Director of the Bureau of Solid Waste Control of the EPA R.O.C.
(We will cover the expenses). If this visit is agreeable with you, please notify me which dates are
convenient for you. A suggested itinerary would also be most appreciated, i.e., discussion time,
plant tour schedule, accommodations. I look forward to your reply.
Also, the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has been
quite successful in assisting the industrial sector develop better waste minimization practices. Mr.
Lee, Deputy Chief of the Seventh Division of the Industrial Development Bureau of the MOEA in
Taipei, can clarify any questions you might have regarding these activities.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.