The Carbon Footprint Inventory Report of Taipei CYCLE 2011
TAITRA and Taipei CYCLE 2011
This report serves to explain the amount of GHGs generated and released into the atmosphere by the Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei CYCLE) 2011, which was organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
TAITRA is non-governmental organizations founded by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs under a public-private partnership aimed at helping local business explore profitable opportunities abroad. With a staff of more than 600 well-trained international trade professionals, the Taipei-based TAITRA currently has four domestic branches (in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung), in addition to nearly 50 overseas offices and affiliates, notably the Taiwan Trade Centers and Taipei World Trade Center. TAITRA caters to the needs of Taiwanese companies seeking to expand their businesses and provides a comprehensive network of assistance.
As its slogan “Your Partner in World Trade” suggests, TAITRA is a committed partner for Taiwanese companies in their pursuit of global expansion. It is the top government agency for implementing foreign trade policies, as well as the best consultant for foreign buyers. TAITRA offers ten core services which are exploring overseas markets, enlisting investors and financiers in support of Taiwan’s global marketing efforts, encouraging local firms to offer cross-border services, organizing a diversified range of exhibitions, operations at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), overseeing the Taipei International Convention Center, assisting local businesses with online marketing, furnishing international trade information, nurturing a talent pool for multinational business administration and constantly improving services at TAITRA offices worldwide.
Considering the intensification of international competition, market liberalization and transparency as well as the ever-changing nature of e-commerce, TPCA offers Taiwanese PCB firms the most timely, efficient services that enhance their global marketing capabilities as part of Taiwan‘s ongoing pursuit of stable economic development.
Responsibilities and Commitments
In 2010, the Director-General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) introduced a “MICE Carbon Footprint Research Project” in compliance with government policies for better energy efficiency. As part of this BOFT-commissioned project, the Taiwan Green Productivity Foundation (TGPF) introduced the Green MICE motto to Taiwan’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector as it conducted a pilot study on the latter’s GHG emissions control efforts.
With assistance from TGPF, a GHG emissions information system was introduced and implemented at the TWTC NANGANG Exhibition Hall in 2010. It complies with ISO/CNS 14064 international standards and was carried out in accordance procedures to ensure precision emissions data collection. The NANGANG Exhibition Hall marked a milestone as Taiwan’s first, or benchmark, MICE venue not only to introduce the GHG inventory system, but also to complete GHG verification based on international standards. Figure 1 shows the Certificates for GHG Emissions Verification of the NANGANG Exhibition Center.
In response to the direct and indirect impact of global warming and climate change on mankind‘s survival, TAITRA strives to steer Taiwan’s MICE industry in a more environmental friendly direction, playing its part as a global citizen to alleviate global warming.
This report is intended to disclose information regarding the amounts of CO2 emissions by the subject, Taipei CYCLE 2011, from the preparation through exhibition stage. The disclosed data provides a basis for future planning to reduce GHG emissions.
Inventory Data and Scope
The subject of this carbon footprint inventory was the TAITRA-organized Taipei CYCLE 2011, a 4-day event (March 16-19) that showcased whole bicycles, bicycle components and electric vehicles on the 1st 4th 5th and 6th floors of TWTC NANGANG Exhibition Hall.
The Taipei CYCLE 2011 Show can be divided into the stages of pre-exhibition preparation, exhibition days and post- exhibition waste removal. The pre-exhibition stage involves planning and preparation for show operations and exhibits, notably the arrangements for public amenities, printed materials, transportation, advertising/marketing services, and the delivery of exhibit items. The exhibition days include the use of venue facilities, exhibition spaces and public-access facilities; the installation of displays; waste removal; the availability of decoration materials, supplies, exhibit items, promotional materials; food, transportation and accommodation requirements for staff, exhibitors and visitors. The post- exhibition stage involves tearing down and relocating the exhibit items; removing, recycling, transportation and handling of leftovers from the partitioning, design and decoration of booths.
The 3,072 booths of Taipei CYCLE 2011 were staffed by 959 exhibitors in total (including media representatives), comprising 716 Taiwan and 243 foreign exhibitors. They were categorized into three groups: whole bikes, bike components and Lightweight Electric Vehicles (LEVs).
Types of GHGs factored into the inventory
This report addresses GHGs listed in the IPCC’s 4th evaluation report in 2007, namely CO2, methane, N₂O, CFCs, PFCs, fluorinated ether, PFPE, HCs and other controlled substances mentioned in the Montreal Protocol.