From Niche to Mainstream: Launch of the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility

European Union to renew commitment to greening Asia at Regional Launch and Networking Events.

05/10/2018

The EU has already invested more than 300 million Euros to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in Asia through the SWITCH-Asia Programme. It renewed its commitment to greening Asia on September 20th at the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility Launch and on September 21st at the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility Regional Networking Event.

Mr. Andrew Jacobs, Head of Unit for Regional Policy Sector Analysis, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), European Commission stated: “The European Union together with the implementing partners GIZ (Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit), adelphi and IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) will work with governments across Asia in implementing but also in helping to establish the most appropriate set of policies to support sustainable consumption and production patterns. Working hand-in-hand with the policy advocacy component of UN Environment, this facility will seek to ensure that countries that are committed to implementing macro-policies on SCP will receive effective technical assistance from the European Union.”

The SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility is one of the components of the SWITCH-Asia programme

The SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility aims to strengthen the implementation of national policies for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) while providing an internal dialogue platform for its grant projects, showcasing their achievements, and connecting them with various external stakeholders. The Facility will offer capacity-building support to formulating and implementing SCP policies and legislation by providing SCP tools, sharing EU know-how, and implementing policy dialogue events that engage multiple stakeholder groups. The Facility will also support the alignment of perspectives and the linking of implementation levels, and supporting national and subnational governments in mainstreaming SCP practices. Furthermore, it will also support collaboration between the public and private sectors to integrate SCP into value chain considerations. 

Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand emphasised the ambition of European Union as funder of the project: “With the SWITCH Asia SCP Facility and the SWITCH Asia programme we want to support Sustainable Consumption and Production to become from niche to mainstream in the Asian region.”

In addition to the official launch of the SCP Facility, the one-day regional networking event saw the new SWITCH Asia grants along with fourteen ongoing and recently completed projects and a range of expert stakeholders from the United Nations, EU and other organizations share their experiences and engage in dialogue in a series of thematic discussions. These panels addressed key themes from low-carbon economy, green finance and eco-innovation to the media as well as communication on sustainable consumption and production.  

The SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility is one of the components of the SWITCH-Asia Programme funded by the EU and is implemented by adelphi in collaboration with GIZ International Services and IGES. As part of the consortium, adelphi is supporting overall project management, as well as providing a wider pool of topical key and non-key experts to support the project implementation.