Environmental Protection Administration

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Environmental Protection Administration
Huánjìng Bǎohù Shǔ (Mandarin)
Fàn-kín Pó-fu Su (Hakka)
ROC Environmental Protection Administration Seal.svg
ROC Environmental Protection Administration entry 20170107.jpg
Agency overview
FormedMarch 1971 (as Department of Environmental Health)
22 August 1987 (as EPA)
JurisdictionTaiwan (Republic of China)
HeadquartersZhongzheng, Taipei
Employees15,034 (est. 2004)
Minister responsible

The Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA, Chinese: 行政院環境保護署; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hêng-chèng Īⁿ Khoân-kéng Pó-hō͘ Sú) is a cabinet-level executive agency responsible for protecting and conserving the environment in the Republic of China. This also includes, air quality, noise control, monitoring and inspection of environment, solid waste, recycling, sustainable development and international cooperation.[1]

It is led by the Minister for Environment. He is supported by two deputy ministers.


The environmental protection agency has evolved and been part of different departments over decades. Prior to 1971, the environmental portfolio was part of the Ministry of Interior which encompasses the Health portfolio.

From March 1971 to 28 January 1982 the Department of Environmental Health was established to look after protecting the environment. Various agencies such as the Department of Health and others managed the soil and water aspects of environment.

From 29 January 1982 to 21 August 1987 the Environmental Protection Bureau was established to take over responsibility for noise and traffic control, air, water, waste management, health responsibilities under the Department of Health.[2]

From 22 August 1987 to the present,[3] the Environmental Protection Administration was established becoming the one stop shop for all environmental policies, regulation, standards and enforcement. It encompassed toxic substance management, environmental sanitation and monitoring and inspection of the environment.

Department Structure[edit]

First Tier[edit]

  • Office of Chief Secretary
  • Office of Minister
  • Office of Sustainable Development
  • Greenhouse Gases Reduction Management Office
  • Office of Energy and Resource Program
  • Office of National Clear up Program

Second Tier[edit]

  • Department of Comprehensive Planning
  • Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control
  • Department of Water Quality Protection
  • Department of Waste Management
  • Department of Environmental Sanitation & Toxis Substance Management
  • Department of Supervision Evaluation & Dispute Resolution
  • Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management
  • Bureau of Environmental Inspection
  • Air Pollution Control Fund Management Board
  • Recycling Fund Management Board
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation Fund Management Board
  • Environmental Analysis Laboratory
  • Environmental Professionals Training Institute

Third Tier[edit]

  • Offices of Personnel, Accounting, Civil Service Ethics, Statistics and Secretariat
  • Committees for Legal Affairs, Petitions and Appeals
  • Public Nuisance Arbitration

Fourth Tier[edit]

  • Environmental Police Unit
  • Local Environmental Agencies


  Non-partisan/ unknown   Kuomintang (Nationalist)   Democratic Progressive Party   New Party

Name Term of Office Days Political Party Cabinet
1 Eugene Chien (簡又新) 22 August 1987 31 May 1991 1378 Kuomintang Yu Kuo-hwa
Lee Huan
Hau Pei-tsun
2 Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康) 1 June 1991 15 November 1992 533 Kuomintang Hau Pei-tsun
Larry Chen (陳龍吉) 15 November 1992 20 November 1992 5 Kuomintang Hau Pei-tsun
3 Chang Lung-cheng (張隆盛) 21 November 1992 9 June 1996 1296 Kuomintang Hau Pei-tsun
Lien Chan
Vincent Siew
4 Tsai Hsun-hsiung (蔡勳雄) 10 June 1996 20 May 2000 1440 Kuomintang Lien Chan
Vincent Siew
5 Edgar Lin (林俊義) 20 May 2000 6 March 2001 290 Democratic Progressive Party Tang Fei
Chang Chun-hsiung
6 Hau Lung-pin (郝龍斌) 7 March 2001 6 October 2003 949 New Party Chang Chun-hsiung
Yu Shyi-kun
7 Chang Juu-en (張祖恩) 6 October 2003 25 April 2005 567 Yu Shyi-kun
Frank Hsieh
Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) 25 April 2005 7 June 2005 43 Frank Hsieh
8 Chang Kow-lung (張國龍) 8 June 2005 20 May 2007 711 Frank Hsieh
Su Tseng-chang I
9 Winston Dang (陳重信) 21 May 2007 20 May 2008 365 Democratic Progressive Party Chang Chun-hsiung
10 Stephen Shen (沈世宏) 20 May 2008 2 March 2014 2112[4] Liu Chao-shiuan
Wu Den-yih
Sean Chen
Jiang Yi-huah
11 Wei Kuo-yen (魏國彥) 3 March 2014 19 May 2016 808 Kuomintang Jiang Yi-huah
Mao Chi-kuo
Chang San-cheng
12 Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) 20 May 2016 3 December 2018 927 Democratic Progressive Party Lin Chuan
William Lai
Tsai Hung-teh (蔡鴻德) 4 December 2018 14 January 2019 40 William Lai
13 Chang Tzi-chin (張子敬) 14 January 2019 Incumbent 392 Su Tseng-chang II


The EPA building is accessible within walking distance South of Ximen MRT station of the Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 行政院環境保護署 (22 November 2011). "行政院環境保護署全球資訊網".
  2. ^ 系統管理者1 (9 July 2014). "組織職掌".
  3. ^ Lu, Meggie (22 August 2008). "EPA celebrates birthday, vows work on emissions". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ Longest-serving minister.

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