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National Policy on Sustainable Consumption and Production for Sri Lanka

  • Published on February 14, 2022

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) aims at improving economic development and social welfare while protecting the environment and managing natural resources sustainably. This policy will provide an effective framework and the necessary impetus to enhance the sustainability of the country‟s economic development drives through efficient and effective utilization of it natural resources.An overarching national policy in Sri Lanka on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which is coherent and integrated with related sectoral policies, is the need of the hour for achieving the desired goal of economic and sustainable development.

The policy will offer numerous opportunities such as reduction of production costs, creation of new, and resource efficient products, new markets and jobs, pollution prevention which reduces costs for “clean-up later” activities, sustainable living and foremost the opportunity to leapfrog to modern, low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sustainable technologies. This will enhance the competitiveness of Sri Lanka in the world market, while also preserving its value as a custodian of unique biodiversity wealth.

This policy also provides necessary direction and guidance for up-grading other related national sectoral policies in Sri Lanka in the context of SCP while bringing SCP elements of all related existing sectoral policies hither to being either isolated or polarized into a single document under a common format.

The SCP recognises the importance of addressing production and consumption simultaneously to achieve this goal; without effective demand for green and fair products, production will not deliver environment-friendly practices and products. 

Having realized the negative impacts of unsustainable development, joining hands with the international community, the Government of Sri Lanka has endorsed the global “Agenda 21” and the “Rio+20 Outcomes”, including the “10th Year Framework of Programmes” on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) and the leading "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SCP Policy focuses on 10 Thrust areas and 3 Cross-cutting Areas

1. Air  2. Water and Sanitation  3.Energy  4. Waste  5. Industry   6. Food  7. Building & Constructions  8. Transport  9. Turism Industry  10. Health

Cross-cutting

1. Education and Communication

2. Science and Technology

3. Public Procurement

Number of Policy Statement and Policy goals have been identified under each thrust area to achive the policy objectives. The Policy is developed through an interactive process involving all the key ministries and relevant societal stakeholders. Its mission focus on addressing the critical issues that, if left unattended would frustrate our economic development programmes. Clean air and clean and adequate supplies of water must be available to all. The country‟s priceless natural heritage of fauna and flora must not be allowed to get degraded. The cities have to be clean and provide a healthy environment for all the city dwellers. The industries must learn and put into practice measures for preventing environmental pollution. The island‟s limited land and fresh water resources should be used optimally. Actions to address these key areas are embodied in policy statements and goals set out under the thrust themes of the Policy.

This policy will provide an effective framework and the necessary impetus to enhance the sustainability of the country‟s economic development drives through efficient and effective utilization of it natural resources.

The policy will offer numerous opportunities such as reduction of production costs, creation of new, and resource efficient products, new markets and jobs, pollution prevention which reduces costs for “clean-up later” activities, sustainable living and foremost the opportunity to leapfrog to modern, low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sustainable technologies. This will enhance the competitiveness of Sri Lanka in the world market, while also preserving its value as a custodian of unique biodiversity wealth. 

 

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