International Cooperation

Collaboration with Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT)

Taiwan is one of the environmental leaders in the Asia Pacific region.  EPA established an agreement with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in 1993.  EPA works with the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) to implement the agreement. Through this partnership, U.S. and Taiwan environmental authorities have developed a strong capacity to reduce pollution and manage the environment through joint projects, innovate research, and knowledge exchange. 

EPA and EPAT are sharing experience and expertise with each other and assisting other agencies in the Asia-Pacific. Through six regional working groups, the agencies address common priorities such as air pollution, the management of electronic waste, ambient mercury, contaminated soil and groundwater, and environmental information.  

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Highlights

2012 International WEEE Management Workshop
The International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) at the 2012 International WEEE Management Workshop, with EPAT Minister Shen and AIT Director Marut.
  • July 2013: EPA and EPAT organized the third annual meeting of the International E-waste Management Network (formerly the GEM Network) in Sacramento and San Francisco, CA. The meeting introduced participants to the various policies, programs and activities (both governmental and non-governmental) that contribute to e-waste management in the U.S.
  • July 2013: Commemorating 20 years of environmental cooperation, Acting EPA Administer Bob Perciasepe met with EPA Taiwan (EPAT) Minister Stephen Shen and congratulated Taiwan on its emergence as an environmental leader. He commended EPAT for leveraging the bilateral partnership into regional cooperation on mercury monitoring, managing electronic waste, site remediation, sustainable ports, environmental information, and enforcement. Minister Shen also held meetings with local and other federal partners. 
  • July 2013: Minister Shen and EPA Associate Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais launched the Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Partnership. Meeting participants from Taiwan, United States, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam agreed to launch a collaborative regional mercury monitoring pilot network under a common framework for operations, quality assurance, and data management. Three new mercury monitoring stations in Southeast Asia are planned for early 2014.
  • June 2013: EPA staff joined American Institute in Taiwan Director Christopher Marut, and Taiwan's Minister for Environment Dr. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, in Taipei for the unveiling of the Historical Exhibit Commemorating 20 Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental CooperationExit [See EPA remarks at the event.] EPA staff also opened technical workshops on site remediation and environmental enforcement. 
  • June 2013: EPA and EPAT held a four-day environmental enforcement workshop for 30 Taiwanese inspectors. The workshop, which took place in Chungli, demonstrated inspection processes and techniques via a two-day, EPA-led mock inspection of a major refinery. The workshop also explored injunctive relief and penalties with a combination of lectures, case studies, and classroom exercises.
  • May 2013: US EPA and EPA Taiwan hosted the third annual Regional Working Group on Environmental Information in Washington, DC. Experts from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the workshop, which addressed data quality, data standards and exchange, and visualization.
  • December 2012: New case study, "Recycling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in Taiwan: A Case Study," documents the development and implementation of Taiwan’s 4-in-1 Recycling Program, with a particular focus on the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Learn more about EPA's efforts with Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste).
  • October 2012: At the second annual international e-waste workshop co-hosted by USEPA and EPA Taiwan (EPAT), participants from Asia, Africa and the Latin American and Caribbean regions decided to establish a formal network (the International E-Waste Management Network) to share economy-level information on the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). 
  • September 2012: EPA Taiwan Minister Shen opened the second Regional Working-group on Environmental Information (RWGEI) Exit in Taipei. The goal of the working-group is to provide a forum for information exchange and capacity building in the field of environmental information, which serves as input to and a foundation for environmental strategy and policy making. 
 

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Regional Activities Supporting EPA’s International Priorities

Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures

Currently EPAT and EPA are working with regional partners to advance emerging priority areas such as strengthening compliance and enforcement programs. 

Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants

EPA collaborates with EPAT to share expertise in development of emissions inventories and strategies to reduce greenhouse gases.  Programs include the Regional Working Group on Environmental Information.

Improving Air Quality

Group photo of EPAT-USEPA 2011 Meeting
Partners from around the world joined EPA and EPAT to exchange expertise and collaborate on priorities and solutions to shared environmental challenges. (June 2011)

EPA and EPAT have collaborated on air quality protection for nearly twenty years. Together with regional partners, experts from the two agencies are currently working to reduce air pollutant emissions from ships and ports operations. 

EPA has also partnered with EPAT and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)  to improve the capacity for atmospheric mercury monitoring, data for analysis, and modeling, and the accuracy of mercury emissions inventories with other partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Programs include:

Expanding Access to Clean Water

Cleaning up contaminated sites reduces the impact of pollutants on groundwater sources. This improves ecological systems and the food supply both in Asia and the U.S. 

To achieve this, EPA experts serve as technical trainers for a regional working group on the clean-up of contaminated sites, addressing topics such as technical approaches to forced-air remediation, bioremediation, phyto-remediation and approaches to site clean-up laws and regulations. 

Cleaning Up E-waste

group photo at recycling facility in Taipei
EPA and experts from around the world visited this state of the art recycling facility in Taipei.

EPA and the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) have collaborated since 2011 to build global capacity for the environmentally sound management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which is commonly called e-waste. To support this goal, EPA and EPAT coordinate the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN). The IEMN enables environmental officials from within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region to exchange information and best practices on e-waste management. 

Learn more about the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN).

 
 

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Key Partners

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Agreements

 
EPA Collaborates with the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) pursuant to its agreement as designated representative with the American Institute in Taiwan.
 
 

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Contacts

For additional information about EPA's work with EPAT, contact:
Justin Harris
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
202-564-6600