Taipei 101 tower signs 1st ‘green’ lease with tenants


TAIPEI–Taipei 101, officially the world’s tallest green building, launched Taiwan’s first “green” lease initiative yesterday, in the hope that one of its biggest tenants might make a commitment to environmental protection. As Taipei 101 was recognized earlier this year by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) — a globally recognized green building ranking system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) — the skyscraper’s management said it hopes to encourage further cooperation with its tenants in environmentally friendly efforts.

As part of these efforts, it signed the country’s first “green” lease with the building’s largest tenant, KPMG, a Taiwan affiliate of KPMG International Cooperative.

Under the terms of the 10-year lease, the company is supposed to use various methods to cut down carbon dioxide emissions, electricity, waste and water useage.

The details include that the company has been asked to collect rainwater to water its office plants, to sort kitchen waste and to request cleaning contractors to use environmentally friendly cleansing products.