The Effort to Promote Green Mark in Taiwan
Along with the global effort to promote Eco-labeled products, the EPA of Taiwan initiated the Green Mark products labeling as a voluntary scheme of environmental performance certification
and product labeling in Taiwan beginning from 1992. It is aimed to endorse products that have less impact on the environment and resource saving, leading to less wastes and promotes recycling.
As the fundamental regulations for the promotion of Green Mark, the Directions for the Promotions of the Green Mark Products and the Directions of Green Mark Verification Commissioning System
were published in November 1992. EPA assigned the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRT) to draft the Green Mark’s standards and products’ categories, verification procedure to reveal
the first chapter for the Green Mark introduction.
In February 1993, the first versions of standards and products’ categories had been published and opened for application. Later in June, first batch of Green Mark certified products
were officially available in the market. In February 1996, the official website for the Green Mark (Greenliving Information Platform) was established to enhance the promotion green consumerism.
In 1997, the Environment and Development Foundation (EDF) was founded by ITRT as a solitary organization to facilitate the application and verification of the Green Mark and supports
the refinement in the standards and products’ categories.
The accumulated number of Green Mark products’ categories is shown in the following chart.
Thanks to the gradual increase in the amount of products of the Green Mark or Type 2 Green Mark, EPA imposed the post-market verification since March 2011,
where Regulations of Management and Operation of Environmental Protection was announced. It’s to clearly define the verification operation, including onsite verification,
condition and management in sales area and sampling products for verification. The following figure showed the numbers of certificated products of Green Marks in each year:
In June 2012, EPA announced Directions of the Management for Verification Institutions of Eco-friendly Products to select and manage the certification institutions
, which are assigned to cope with application, verification and certification. In November of the same year, EPA assigned the Environment and Development Foundation (EDF)
and the Electronics Testing Center (ETC) as the 3rd party certification institutions for the EPA.
In the work seminar of GEN in 2018, the attending representative of our country, Chen Jingyuan, General Manager, was invited to give research report on evaluating the overall benefits of ecolabelling
in our country in recent years, and voluntarily joined the ecolabelling performance evaluation research carried out by the Oeko-Institute appointed by German government. In the report,
representative of our country systematically introduced the evaluation of ecolabelling benefits in various aspects since 2010, starting from the earliest ecolabelling economic benefits evaluation in our country,
evolving to evaluating the environmental benefits of individual products; subsequently, redeveloped the environmental benefit index of a single value, and carried out the development of automatic environmental benefits
calculation starting from 2018, only a few GEN members tried to carry out the aforesaid operation, over the years, in relevant GEN meetings, only representatives from Korea, China and our country once proposed
the report in similar directions, and our technological leading in this part was the main reason why Oeko-Institute invited our country to join the research continuously.
Besides, owing to long-term input and establishment of reputation and connection, Chen, Ching-Yuan, General Manager of Environment and Development Foundation,
has been successfully elected as the director of two-year term again with the second highest votes, which maintains our country's image of technological leading,
and GEN platform is utilized to promote the international ecolabelling cooperation and southward development policy of our country; in the board meeting after annual meeting,
apart from accepting the assignment of the chairman to continue to carry out GEN performance evaluation research, General Manager, Chen, Ching-Yuan, has also voluntarily joined the task group newly set by board meeting,
which will carry out research on how to improve the degree of participation of GEN members and how to facilitate international cooperations between and among GEN members,
and propose specific suggestions in the next board meeting.