Study on Risk Management and System of Air Pollution in Taiwan
[Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn's Visit to RSPRC]
Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, participated the First International KLASICA Case Study Symposium at NTU. Prof. Dr. Kuei-Tien Chou, the director of RSPRC, with his colleagues, accompanied with Pro. Dr. Renn to visit the RSPRC office after the forum on 21th of November, 2016.
[Ms. Bärbel Höhn's Visit to RSPRC]
Ms. Bärbel Höhn, Chairperson of German Federal Diet, visited RSPRC on June 29th 2016. Ms. Bärbel Höhn later participated the "German Experience in Energy-Transition and Nuclear Waste Disposal Discussion Forum", in which she shared views on the issues related to climate change policy, energy transition and nuclear waste management.
[ National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education(PIRE)'s Visit to RSPRC]
Prof. Everette Joseph and Prof. Terri Adams and other fellows of PIRE visited RSPRC on 22th March, 2017. They participated a forum held by RSPRC and Graduate Institute of National Development, NTU, that focus on climate change and disaster prevention.
【2017 The Workshop on Social Impact Assessment】
The Workshop was hosted by RSPRC on January 11, 2017. Dr. David Ip, Professor Emeritus from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Queensland, was invited to give a talk introducing some key issues and sharing his thoughts on the international theory and framework of social impact assessment.
[Prof. Moura Quayle's Visit to RSPRC]
Prof. Moura Quayle (Strategic Design with the Sauder School of Business and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at University of British Columbia) participated the 2nd Challengers’ Meetup on October 27, 2016 at NTU. She then had a meeting with some of our RSPRC fellows discussing issues of the current difficulties of energy transition in Canada and Taiwan.
[Prof. Dr. Timo Busch's Visit to RSPRC]
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rupp, the Vice President of Universität Hamburg, led a group of faculty members participating “2016 NTU-UHH Matchmaking Workshop”at NTU. Prof. Dr. Kuei-Tien Chou, the director of RSPRC, accompanied with Prof. Dr. Timo Buschto visit the RSPRC office after the forum on 12th of December, 2016.
[2016 International Conference of Social Welfare Politics in Chinese Societies]
The conference was held by RSPRC on 15th of Nov, 2016. The main theme of this year's conference was "New Risk and New Social Policy: Horizon among Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong."
[Academic Exchange Activity] Prof. Dr. Fumiko Kasuga and Prof. Dr. Bach Tan Sinh Visiting to RSPRC
Prof. Dr. Fumiko Kasuga (Section Chief, National Institute of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan) and Prof. Dr. Bach Tan Sinh (Acting Director of the Research Centre of S&T Policy, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategic Studies, Vietnam) visited RSPRC on 24th of November, 2016.
[2016 The Workshop on Energy Transition in East-Asia]
The workshop was hosted by RSPRC and Graduate Institute of National Development, NTU, on 10th and 11th of August,2016. Main topics of this workshop include the structural change in energy systems, the energy shift trends after Fukushima disaster, the decentralising renewable energy and the condition of energy policy.

Study on Risk Management and System of Air Pollution in Taiwan

Study on Risk Management and System of Air Pollution in Taiwan

Research summary

  In recent years, Taiwan's air pollution issues have been constantly fermented and warming, causing broad attention and public opinions from social and civic groups. However, the problem of air pollution is not only related to conflict between environmental protection and economic development, but also related to the health risks of our people, and even more, related to national governance under environmental justice risk distribution problem. It can be found that air pollution of human society, in fact, presents a typical risk of social characteristics, because "air and people" has close relationship, the most direct impact is physical life problem. Therefore, environmental pollution control subject of air pollution, in fact, dangerously tests of government's risk management model, if taking traditional thinking to deal with environment policies in the past, delivers a single type administrative organs of air pollution control policies, it may make government affected people conflict between distrust and protest. Therefore, the issues need to be coordinated across different government departments and cross-domain governance in order to solve environmental problems under air pollution, health hazards and environmental education and other issues.

  In air pollution control, in 1975, we developed air pollution control law, began our air quality maintenance starting point. However, with economic development, high-polluting industries also continue to grow under the context of regulatory standards are not advancing with times, there is no significant transformation of industrial physique, in such structural institutional issues, and one of the characteristics of air pollution is affected by climate, topography, photochemical reaction and so on, but with derivative, diffusion, cumulative asymmetric distribution characteristics. Its special nature of administrative control is difficult to control behavior. Even under current scientific knowledge and monitoring of air pollution, there are still problems with regulatory dilemmas. According to current situation of science, technology and knowledge, our control policies and system design makes control of air pollution control issues more dangerous, Taiwan's risk management hysteresis and information hiding, also becomes more obvious.

  In this regard, this project considers that air pollution control issues are serious and need further in-depth exploration. To follow risk society, regulatory science theories and other macro-perspective and ways, and by literature review method to study advanced countries and organizations how to deal with air pollution control; also by experts, focus groups and other research methods for more in-depth and clarify status of our air pollution control policies, standardize the standards and the dilemma of problems. Such as how to solve Taiwan central and southern industries, manufacturing counties and cities air pollution emissions affect industrial and manufacturing industries and counties pollution? At present, the allocation of air control areas in Taiwan can effectively carry out pollution control responsibility? The implementation of total air pollution control in Taiwan, the dilemma of control policies and the lack of legal system? How does government effectively carry out risk communication on air pollution?

  With the discussion of above sub-topics, to point out that under the framework of environmental risk policies, the concept and mode of cross-border risk management should be more needed in our government system; with this plan, we can promote our current Hazardous Air Pollutant, HAPs control law; more importantly, this plan attempts to put forward government to face emerging risk management challenges, should be different from traditional cross-border risk management model, create mechanisms and platforms to allow public to conduct public scrutiny. This study is expected to be able to disseminate risk knowledge of air pollution prevention and control through large-scale academic seminars, workshops, publications, etc., and to provide innovation and reform for the model and system of science and technology governance as reference.

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