The Advance SCP project supports the development and implementation of sustainability information systems (SIS) in eight emerging economies across three regions of the world: South-East Asia, Africa & Latin America; adapting itself to the varying circumstances of the pilot countries and their needs in terms of SCP. The SIS will form the basis for making informed consumption decisions and lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and improved resource efficiency along the value chains. 

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Chile
  • Ethiopia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Thailand

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

Start date
01/01/2016

End date
31/12/2018

Shared by

Beatriz MARTINS CARNEIRO

Programme Management Officer

UN Environment

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Objectives

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).

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • Ethiopia National Roundtable on SCP

SCP changes in practice

  • Environmental hotel footprint (label) for hotels

Policy instrument for SCP

  • Sustainable Public Procurement National Action Plan for Chile

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Launch event of the Advance SCP Project in Morocco
  • Launch event of the Advance SCP Project in Peru
  • 'How Malaysia is forging a green future with an eco-label' Film
  • Presentation of LCA Studies for key national sectors: Hydropower Plants, Refineries and Sanitary Landfields

Training for SCP

  • Life Cycle Analysis Workshop in Peru
  • Workshop: How consumer information tools can support/promote climate action in Tourism, Buildings & Construction and Food Systems
  • Basic and Advance Trainings on Life Cycle Assessment in Peru

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Report on Evaluation and prioritization of goods and services in Chile
  • Development of National LCA Inventories for Hydro Powerplants, Refineries and Sanitary Landfields

Impact and Results

Project results (last updated June 2019):

- Thailand: Label Promotion Tool is being implemented (which replaced the annulled “Split AC” pilot). The Thai side is embarking in a Lab-of-Tomorrow process to reduce single-use plastic by creating Thai-German business models through an innovation process. GIZ’s Export Initiative plans to support this process.

- Malaysia: The project MyRelamp, which aims to implement eco-labelled streetlights in 4 cities using performance contracting is in the implementation phase.

- Philippines: Project on making the GPP system functioning by piloting GPP with three Common Use Product (CUP), including CUP criteria making/updating, procurement, monitoring and knowledge management. A second concept note was developed and approved for capacity development of the CLIMA project. CLIMA provides private sector incentives for green product procurement.

- Indonesia: GPP regulation has been ratified, which is a major milestone for the country. A pilot project on GPP system development using paper and furniture with industry consultation.

- Morocco" selected NAMA was finalized (towards a zero carbon hotel sector - energy efficiency & renewables) and trainings of national stakeholders on the NAMA was delivered. The project closing workshop was held in April 2019.

- Ethiopia: the final draft of the ‘Manual For School Environmental Club’ has now incorporated the inputs from the workshop. The Draft Baseline Report on GHG emissions and Development of an MRV System for agro-forestry coffee as part of the Implementation of a NAMA on Afforestation, Reforestation and Agroforestry will be finalized soon when Baseline data from field is collected.

- Chile: SPP National Plan was launched in January 2019 together with a National SPP policy and a Guide for the implementation of sustainability criteria (based on the support provided by the Project). SPP is now part of this initiative launched by the president that recognizes sustainability efforts of public institutions. Mi Codigo Verde has been implemented and an MRV system for Huella Chile is being developed.

- Peru: Amongst the main results, more than 50 professionals from government, private sector and academia trained on LCA methodology, and 3 LCA sectorial studies were developed (hydropower plant, sanitary landfills and refinery products). Launch of National LCA Database on May 23rd. 4 scientific papers published in international journals based on the results of the project and activities have been promoted in the Peru IKI Newsletter.

Next steps and how to get involved

For more information on this initiative, please contact Mrs. Beatriz Martins Carneiro (beatriz.carneiro@unep.org) or Thomas Lehmann (thomas.lehmann1@giz.de)