Taipei is considered a hub for environmental innovation and has inspired many of Taiwan’s environmental policies.
The Department of Culture Affairs is responsible for distributing public money granted by Taipei City Government to artists and arts organisations. A proportion of this money provides grants for environmental activities and investment in the sustainability of Taipei’s cultural infrastructure and heritage. For example, cultural facilities such as the new Taipei Concert Hall and Public Library, have to acquire the Green Building label and achieve the highest ‘diamond’ rating. The Green Building label of Taiwan was developed based on Taiwan’s subtropical climate of high temperature and high humidity and designed to meet requirements within ecology, energy saving, waste reduction, and health.