The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday introduced a Web site aimed at providing Taiwanese businesspeople in China with information related to China’s environmental protection industry.
EPA Deputy Minister Yeh Shin-cheng (葉欣誠) said more environmental protection service companies in Taiwan are entering the China market after the latter opened the industry to foreign investments in 2002. However, the Taiwanese businesspeople are often left on their own trying to do business in an unfamiliar environment, he said.
The idea of the platform was first brought up when the agency talked with China-based Taiwanese businesspeople earlier this year, when they asked for assistance in gaining industrial information about China for investment purposes, Yeh said.
In addition to industrial information, the platform also aims to integrate information gathered from various sources.
The information provided in the platform includes seven aspects — environmental education, disease vectors control, soil and groundwater, energy savings and carbon reductions, resource recycling, environmental engineering, and environmental testing and monitoring — which are collected by cooperative academic sectors or industry associations in Taiwan.
The Taiwan Environmental Sustainable Development Foundation, the project’s main implementation unit, said that taking the disease vectors control aspect as an example, most Taiwanese in the environmental protection service industry know a lot about dengue fever, but there are other types of disease vectors in different areas in China and the platform can provide information about them.
Taiwanese businesspeople in China can also comment on this new Web site and share problems that they have encountered. The issues they highlight could possibly be dealt with in the future through cross-strait negotiations, the EPA said.