Green-tech, Sustainable Cities – the APCS in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung has been doing well recently to raise its profile in terms of green / environmental initiatives. Some of these initiatives have caught international attention – such as a landfill being transformed into the Metropolitan Park and a biogas plant.
This September, notable speakers came to Kaohsiung as part of the Asia Pacific Cities Summit to discuss the sustainable development of cities. It was also an opportunity for some of Kaohsiung’s green pioneers to showcase their achievements.
Despite being one of the world’s worst polluters and having highly-polluted urbanised areas sprawled across most of the country, Taiwan also boasts some of the world’s best brains and innovative green-tech companies.
In fact, key note speaker Prof Michael Braungart commented that nearly all of the best people he knew in the sustainable technology field came from Taiwan. Kaohsiung itself boasts some notable innovators such as Epoch, a company which has won numerous top international sustainability awards for its groundbreaking use of water as fuel for applications as diversified as heavy industry, public transport and home cooking.