Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries (Advance SCP) (in Africa and Latin-America)
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns constitute an essential building block of a low-carbon economy. The project will contribute to the implementation of the six programmes under the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) in eight developing countries across three regions (Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America). The partner countries for this project are Chile, Ethiopia, Morocco, Peru. Based on the level of advancement of pilot countries with regard to SCP and their specific needs, the project will support the development and implementation of Sustainability Information Systems (SIS). These shall form the basis for informed consumer decisions, which result in decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improved resource efficiency all along the value chain. Activities will focus on institutional strengthening, technical capacity development, knowledge transfer and the design of integrated policy frameworks. The project provides capacity building and training to ministries, public and private sector organizations, supports drafting standards, policies and regulations for SCP, with a focus on consumer information and Green Public Procurement, and assists as well in identifying opportunities to develop SCP related Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).
The non-existence of recognised labels and standards has been identified as a key barrier to enabling consumers and public administration to make informed decisions when choosing one product or service over another in many countries. Reasons are often the lack of SCP and GPP supporting policies, adequate legal framework and requirements, public awareness, and availability of eco-labelling systems with defined criteria. The sustainability information systems (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.