Business Cases for Financing Sustainable Consumption and Production Practices

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Rohe-Frydrych, Julia and Cosima Stahr 2021: Business Cases for Financing Sustainable Consumption and Production Practices. Berlin: adelphi/Switch-Asia.

The SWITCH-Asia Grant Scheme is designed to support Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the region to test early stages of sustainable consumption and production practices which could be further scaled-up and reproduced to the market.

In 2020, the EU decided to conduct a review of the grant scheme of the SWITCH-Asia programme which aims to draw lessons learned from the economic, environmental and social impacts of the SWITCH-Asia pilot projects. 130 projects funded across the entire programme period between 2007 and 2020 were analysed.

The business cases in this report were developed in the context of this review of the SWITCH-Asia grant scheme. Information was gathered by document analysis and by way of interviews with the grant-implementing organisations.

A team of experts examined each project’s objectives and impacts and their relevance to policies promoting SCP as well as their relevant to the recent policy priorities of the EU Green Deal. In a second step, projects were clustered according to economic sectors and analyses of SCP practices were conducted. In a third step, recommendations were developed based on these analyses.