- Asia / Pacific
- Latin America / Caribbean
Climate Change, Consumer goods, Education
Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Education, Food & Beverage, Public Procurement, Tourism
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools
Type of lead actors
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations, Scientific and Technical
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns constitute an essential building block of a low-carbon economy. Access to credible, reliable and ‘user-friendly’ sustainability information is one of the essential conditions for the shift towards SCP. Supporting enhanced access, communication and use of information related to the environmental, social, and economic impacts of goods and services is the basis for informed consumer decisions, which result in decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improved resource efficiency all along the value chain.
The Advance SCP project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and will support the development and implementation of sustainability information systems, adapting its activities to the varying circumstances in eight emerging economies spread across three regions of the world (South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America). In these countries, Sustainability Information Systems will form the basis for making informed consumption decisions and lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and improved resource efficiency along the value chains.
Specific activities will focus on institutional strengthening, the design of integrated policy frameworks, technical capacity development, implementation of Sustainability Information Systems and knowledge transfer. One of the objectives of the project is also to identify and develop proposals for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in relation to SCP and sustainability information.
The project will further support the creation of a market for climate-friendly products which will lead to less pollution of the environment. Regional and global trade and investments are promoted through the harmonization of ecolabels. Through the mediation of knowledge dissemination, access to training and further education, countries are enabled to generate new jobs and eco-friendly products to increase their competitiveness. Public authorities gain lower life-cycle-costs of purchased services and products.
The project contributes to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), more specifically to the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CI-SCP).
The activities focus on strengthening institutions, technical training courses, knowledge transfer and drafting integrated policy solutions. In this regard, the project will identify options for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), and get these off the ground.
Regional level (South East Asia):
- Development of climate friendly criteria for 20 products and services among 4 countries.
- Signing of MRAs between Thailand (Thai Green Label) and Germany (Blue Angel), and Malaysia (SIRIM) and Germany (Blue Angel).
- Signing of Agreement on Common Criteria on Printer between Thailand (Thai Green Label) and Japan (Eco Mark).
- Development of NAMA Proposals in two countries
- Development of Concept Notes for Incentives Implementation in 4 countries
- Knowledge sharing on the measurement of GHG Emission and GPP monitoring from Thailand to Indonesia and Malaysia to Philippines.
- Promotion for Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Development of criteria for climate-friendly products.
- Strengthening of the Green Public Procurement National Action Plan and encouraging governmental units in implementing GPP.
- Development of the incentive Concept Note on Financial Incentive for Encouraging utilization of solar energy.
- Strengthen of the Government Green Procurement (GGP) implementation and promoting ecolabelling scheme among government ministries and industries.
- Development of NAMA proposal from the potential lists on Energy Efficiency Buildings and Government Green Procurement.
- Establishment of five new criteria documents of green products.
- Knowledge sharing of SCP implementation through GGP in Malaysia and Eco-Labelling of green products of Malaysia, and best practices via German TV (Deutsche Welle) channel.
- Development of the incentive Concept Note on myRelamp – Conventional Bulb Replacement Program.
- Fostering awareness among consumers and capacity building for industries and businesses on eco-friendly products and eco-labels.
- Development and strengthen eco-labelling and expansion green public procurement.
- Development of NAMA proposal from the potential lists on Selected Household and Office Appliances and Green Public Procurement.
- Expanding Green Public Procurement by developing climate-relevant criteria for ecolabel and Green Public Procurement.
- Development of the incentive Concept Note on Green Homes Design (GHD).
- Strengthen of the Green Public Procurement National Action Plan and encourage governmental units in implementing GPP.
- Development of GPP Database and Website for governors, manufacturers, and end-users.
- Strengthen the awareness-raising for green products and eco-labels.
- Development of the incentive Concept Note on Promotion of climate-friendly air-conditioners in the Thai market.
- Development of a Sustainable Public Procurement National Action Plan and NAMA proposal for Sustainable Public Procurement
- Development of a National Ecolabelling Framework
- Development of a database on ecolabels available in the local market and evaluation of producers (to support 10YFP Trust Fund project ‘Product Sustainability App’)
- Support the access to environmental certifications for the forest coffee sector.
- Update an existing NAMA proposal for Afforestation, Reforestation
- Education on sustainable livelihoods and consumption for young consumers. Includes the adaptation of the YouthXChange - Africa training kit to the local context, working with school environment clubs.
- Development of an environmental label for the tourism sector
- Nationally Apropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) for the tourism sector
*Additional activities co-funded by the Ministry of Tourism:
- Development of an environmental label for restaurants and sustainable transport activities in the tourism sector
- Development of Guidelines on “Tourism and Climate Change”
- Development of Life Cycle Inventory data for refineries, hydroelectric power plants and landfills and a National Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) database
- Application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and development of environmental profiles and sustainability criteria for 3 products prioritized for Sustainable Public Procurement
- Update/strengthening of existing NAMA for the Energy and/or Waste sector..
Impact and Results
Project results (last updated December 2017):
- Morocco: Environmental label for hotels presented at COP22 event "Solutions for Sustainable Tourism" by the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in partnership with BetterFly Tourism. Project implementation in Morocco identified as an outstanding example of good practice in the field of climate projects by contributing to low carbon development including activities, that are transferable to other countries in MENA or in other regions.
- Publication of report on “Integrating Energy Efficiency into the 10YFP” in collaboration with the 10YFP Secretariat and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.
- Continuous support to global outputs of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (CI-SCP): White paper on the communication of the social impacts of products, Guidelines for providing product sustainability information, Methodological framework on conducting hotspots analysis on product and sector level and Guidance for communicating hotspots.
- To promote the GGP implementation and Eco-labels in Malaysia, German TV (Deutsche Welle) visited Malaysia to film and interview the government agencies and private sectors. The filming was successful completed, and the film can be reached via the DWTV website at the Global 3,000 sections.
- In promoting Eco-Labelling scheme to the industries, the project is fully supporting in developing 20 criteria documents which are:
1) Refurbished Toner Cartridges
2) Passenger Cars
3) Taps and Shower Heads
5) LED Lighting
7) Data Centre
8) Small Electric Fan
10) Fibre Cements
11) Toilet Paper
12) Record Books
13) Computer Monitors
14) Refrigerators and Freezers
15) Heavy Duty Plastic Furniture
16) Catering Service
17) Transportation Service (for government agencies)
18) E-waste Management Service
20) Recycle content in Electrical Appliance Products
The criteria documents (#1 – 10) are finished. Another 10 (#11 – 20) are in the last step of checking and expected to be established by the 1st quarter of 2018. With these documents establishment, the industries will be encouraged to certify their products accordingly and participate in GGP/GPP implementation as well as to promote MRA activities among the 4 participating countries.
Next steps and how to get involved
For more information on this initiative, please contact Mrs. Beatriz Martins Carneiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Thomas Lehmann (email@example.com)