SWITCH Asia II - Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production
Reference EuropeAid / 154338 / DH / ACT / Multi
Published 16/12/2016Amended 20/12/2016
Status Open "02/14/2017Type Grant for Action
Program Asia and Central AsiaGeographical area Asia
Budget 19,600,000 (EUR)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME AND PRIORITY ISSUES
The global objectives of this Call for Proposals are to promote sustainable growth, to contribute to economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia, and to mitigate climate change.
The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to promote sustainable production (development of less polluting and more resource efficient products, processes and services) and sustainable consumption patterns and behaviours in Asia (purchase of less polluting and more resource-efficient products;
conducting more sustainable lifestyles and behaviour). This objective should be achieved through an improved understanding and strengthened cooperation between Europe and Asia, and within Asia, notably by supporting Asian SMEs and consumers in adopting sustainable consumption and production practices and activities by getting access to finance, and by mobilizing the relevant stakeholders such as the private sector, financial intermediaries, retailers, producers and consumer organisations and groups, individual consumers along with relevant public sector authorities.
The grant projects of the SWITCH-Asia II Programme are expected to achieve the following results:
1. Adoption of sustainable production and consumption practices, particularly among SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and MSMEs (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises)
(i) increased use of environmentally-friendly technologies and practices by SMEs;
(ii) increased development/diversification/production and consumption of
(iii)improved overall resource efficiency, water efficiency and reduced greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions
2. Move SCP practices from demonstration to replication, including:
(i) improved capacity of business intermediaries to provide business advisory
services to SMEs
(ii) increased partnerships between SMEs and organisations with SCP "pull"
potential (such as financial institutions or SMEs business partners);
(iii)increased capacity of SMEs as regards "green" finance issues and the preparation
of credible "green" business proposals;
(iv) Increased relative share of environmentally-friendly products and technologies in
the EU-Asia and intra-Asia trade.
Projects should address one of the following two listed priorities of the call explicitly:
Priority 1: Support the switch to sustainable consumption patterns and behaviour amongst consumer groups, civil society stakeholders and the public sector
Priority 2 : Micro, small and medium enterprises support for SCP uptake and access to finance for investments related to SCP practices
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