You are here: Home Review 2016 Taipei Workshop

GES Taipei Workshop 2016 — Dealing with Social and Economic Challenges to Achieve Green Growth



The GES Taipei Workshop 2016 took place on April 20 at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). This year’s host was  the Industrial Technology Research Institute.

For decades East Asian economies have been experiencing strong economic growth that has created jobs and prosperity and has continuously raised the living standards of many people in the region. However, sustaining the long-term growth is challenged by resource scarcity and rising environmental costs from intensive industrialization and urbanization. Adequate green growth strategies and policies that harmonize economic growth with environmental sustainability are thus the key.

To realize green growth, current socio-economic structures will be exposed to new challenges, when initiatives and policy measures are implemented to, for example, encourage the development of green global value chains and sustainable cities as reaction to the undesirable byproducts of the rapid economic growth. How these challenges can be efficiently dealt with will determine the economies’, the region’s and the world’s future towards a more sustainable economic growth. Thus the aim of the third GES Taipei Workshop was to identify the key social and economic challenges in pursuit of green growth, to explore potential solutions at the national, regional and global levels, and to propose what actions East Asian economies shall take to contribute to achieving green growth.

Focusing on this mission, the Workshop  started with a keynote speech and four expert addresses. In the afternoon  two panel discussions brought into focus the social and economic challenges that need to be dealt with, when economies try to achieve green growth by encouraging green global value chains and by building sustainable and smart cities.


Cornelia Gold

Kiel Institute for the World Economy



Program Overview

Keynote speech:
East Asia – Beyond GDP-ism: What’s Next?

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, IMD, Switzerland; Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong



Our Green Future: Technological Aspects

Jih-Chang Yang, Distinguished Fellow, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan

The Internet of Things and the Circular Economy

Rob van Kranenburg, Founder, The Internet of Things Council, The Netherlands

Digitalization and Sustainable Green Growth – Opportunities for East Asia’s Rapidly Ageing Societies

Martin Schulz, Senior Research Fellow, Fujitsu Research Institute, Japan

Adopting Market-Oriented Mechanism to Develop the Environmental Protection Industry in China

Chaoxian Guo, Division Deputy Director, Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China





    Exploring the role of smart manufacturing for encouraging green global value chains

    Exploring the role of smart manufacturing The idea of green growth is to improve the eco-efficiency of economic growth and enhance the synergies between environment and economy. It is far from sufficient to just set ambitious environmental goals without considering potential negative impacts on economic prosperity. It requires profound changes in various spheres of economic, social and industrial development. For the past half century, East Asian economies have been playing crucial roles in global supply chains. How they reposition their roles and adjust their production toward smart manufacturing will influence the development of green global value chains.

    With imminent challenges from aging societies and rising environmental costs in the region, governments in East Asia are highly motivated to call for technology and business innovation to go smart and green – particularly in the area of internationally well-integrated industrial production activities. However, key questions remain in how institutional framework and regulations can be adjusted at both the national and cross-border levels to incentivize firms to change their existing production models and support the development of green global value chains. How can advanced ICT, smart and environment-friendly technologies be integrated into manufacturing activities and other business operations both within and beyond the firm boundary for the purpose of green growth?


      Olivier Godart, Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany


          Do Hoon Kim, President, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, South Korea
          Mark Purdy, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Accenture Institute for High Performance, United Kingdom
          Hong Song
          , Assistant Director, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
          Bi-Chu Wu, Principal Researcher, Knowledge-based Economy and Competitiveness Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan



            Building sustainable and smart cities: challenges for industries and societies

            Building sustainable and smart citiesFast economic development leads to rapid and intensive urbanization. Emerging megacities are increasingly confronted with challenges such as resource scarcity, congestion, waste and emissions. Climate change and natural disasters are further propelling forward the building of sustainable and smart cities. Dealing with these challenges requires changes in socio-economic structures based on systematic thinking and interdisciplinary cooperation from areas such as urban technology, infrastructure, informatics and the sociology of the Internet.

            In Asia, there are an increasing number of megacities with population of over 10 million residents. The variety in economic development causes concurrent demand for urbanization and urban renewal. It is highly challenging but necessary for decision makers in the region to build their cities smart and sustainable for better urban carrying capacity for the next decades. Both technology and societal concerns have to be well considered. Key questions include how to adjust existing institutional conditions for the purpose of future sustainable urban development and how to motivate effective public-private partnerships as well as industrial and social innovations. How can technologies be adequately applied in different kinds of infrastructure, in household lives and in industrial sites to increase the allocation efficiency of scarce resources and to reduce the undesirable byproducts like waste and emissions? How can organizational structures and processes in a city be adjusted and further developed to support dealing with social challenges while improving economic efficiency and environmental resilience of cities?


            Tain-Jy Chen, Professor of Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


            Ben Chung, Center Manager and Program Leader of the Global Center of Excellence, Cisco, South Korea
            Catherine Mulligan
            , Research Fellow, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
            Daiju Narita, Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute, Japan

            Tony Nash
            , Chief Economist and CEO, Complete Intelligence, Singapore