The European Union supports Sustainable Consumption and Production Activities in the Philippines
April 2013

April 16, 2013 marked the official launch of the Policy Support Component in Manila. The European Union has provided the Government of the Philippines Euro 3.5 Million which is equivalent to 186 million pesos worth of grants on a programme “SWITCH-Asia Policy Support in the Philippines” to support the country in implementing Sustainable Consumption and Production related laws.

"Timely support" said environment undersecretary Manuel Gerochias "Our consumption and production processes should head towards being low-carbon which is the backbone of green economies," he said in Metro Manila at the launching event.

The Policy Support will also contribute to good governance as it supports the Government in implementing existing laws. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) activities contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce other negative environmental impacts of industrial production.

The Philippines is recognized in the region for having already adopted a comprehensive Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) legal framework, but the country faces with the relatively new challenge to curb existing practices and to shift towards new modes of production and consumption. The Program will identify the major obstacles (e.g., the availability of biofuels feedstock, delay in the implementation of the Renewable Energy Law, low uptake of Green Public Procurement, low number of eco-certified products, scarcity of specialized measures to curb emission) in the implementation of several key laws ( e.g., Renewable Energy Act, Biofuels Act, Clean Air Act, Executive Order 301: Establishing a Green Procurement Program) in the field of SCP and support the relevant agencies (e.g., the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Energy, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Budget and Management) through technical assistance and capacity building in their efforts to enforce the law.

The SWITCH-Asia Policy Support in the Philippines will run until December 2016. It will support the Department of Energy to increase investment in clean energy projects; will strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector in the implementation of Green Procurement Program and Eco-labelling in selected government agencies and local government units (LGUs) and to assist in the implementation of the Clean Air Act. The Program is implemented by a Steering Committee chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Department of Energy, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Climate Change Commission and the National Economic Development Authority are key partners of the project.

News link: SWITCH Asia Programme