APRSCP Thematic Projects and Initiatives



a. Objectives of APRSCP Activities:
1. Strengthening the APRSCP (operating in almost 15 years)
2. Increasing access to information and exchange on SCP within the APRSCP network and among partners and the public
3. To enhance collaboration with partners to enhance SCP and RE in Asia and the Pacific
4. Providing expertise on SCP and RE

b. Key Activities:

1. Implementation of the MOU signed in November 2012-2015 with UNEP to
a. fostering regional cooperation on SCP;
b. facilitating the regional follow up and implementation of the 10YFP on SCP.
c. Information sharing and regional networking
d. Strengthening and facilitating the capacities of regional public and private sector
e. Promoting public-private dialogue and partnerships on creating the business case for SCP and facilitating SCP financing.

2. ASEAN+3 Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling (SPPEL) Project
The project objective is to investigate the possibility of scaling up regional cooperation on ecolabelling (including voluntary standards) amongst the ASEAN+3 countries, the “+3” being China, Japan and South Korea, for better alignment and interoperability towards the promotion of Green Public Procurement (GPP)/ Sustainable Public Procurement (GPP) at national levels. Thus, an attempt was made to examine the status of Ecolabelling schemes in the concerned countries and simultaneously investigate national legislation and policy on SPP/ GPP. Continuing from these, the project conducted an analysis of a) whether and to what extent a common or harmonized or interoperable ASEAN + 3 Ecolabel is feasible; b) whether it would assist national governments in implementation of existing SPP/GPP policies; and c) whether it serves as a facilitator to intra-regional trade.

The study is part of the project ‘Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling” (GPPEL) managed by UNEP, which has the objective of combining GPP and GPP to achieve maximum synergies and better deliver the common goal of stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products.

Report on Ecolabelling and Sustainable Public Procurement in the ASEAN+3 Region: Development of a Feasibility Study for Regional Ecolabelling

3. Active Involvement in the 10YFP events (link to 10YFP)

4. Active involvement in SWITCH Asia PSC and in other events of partners (Members of the Board of Trustees participate in sub-regional, and national level) (link to SWITCH Asia)

5. 11th APRSCP: Business Case on SCP
As part of the post research work of the 11th APRSCP in May 2014, this Technical Report has the following specific objectives:

Provide an overview of current public-private partnerships in Asia for sustainable consumption and production,
Identify key lessons on PPP for the private sector to effectively engage with policy makers and other stakeholders to scale up SCP and Resource Efficient & Cleaner Production (RECP) best practices and initiatives in the region, and
Provide recommendations to scale up PPP for SCP in Asia.

This Technical Report illustrates various opportunities available for businesses to implement sustainable production, resource efficiency and innovation. Hence, companies can adapt and grow enabled by the right tools, partners, incentives and technical and policy support even as resources become depleted, environmental protection and health and safety demanded, and trade conditions become stricter. The Report recognizes that while barriers transitioning to a Green Economy exist, the role of the business sector in setting the pace of the transition becomes more significant. Hence, the Report draws on examples of SCP projects implemented in partnership between government, nongovernment and international partners in the Region to illustrate how businesses are adapting their core business operations to consider both sustainability and profitability. The term public-private partnerships (PPP) in this report is loosely defined as having a public and private component or partner in the project. The Report concludes with recommendations for private sectors (Chapter 6) on how SCP tools and similar initiatives can be a competitive advantage in a Green Economy, and for policy-makers (Chapter 7) on how to create an enabling environment for a Green Economy. A Chapter 8 provides suggestions on themes for the 12th APRSCP.

APRSCP Business Case on SCP Report



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