SCP and the development of the nation are inseparable, and changing the behaviours and patterns of consumers and producers is seen as vital for the future of Malaysia.

SCP Malaysia takes another step forward with the support of SWITCH-Asia

SWITCH-Asia of the European Union has reported on the commendable progress of SCP Malaysia, notably in relation to the 11th Malaysia Plan. Below is the extract of the report:

With support from SWITCH-Asia, 11th Malaysia Plan highlights the importance of SCP

Themed "Anchoring Growth on People", the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) has been launched by the Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Najib Razak on May 21.

The 11MP "will chart Malaysia's direction for the next five years", said the Prime Minister. "This will be the final lap before we reach developed nation status, which is what Vision 2020 aims for."

SCP as an instrument to achieve green growth

While economic growth is the primary goal, the 11MP aims to achieve "growth that is inclusive, sustainable, growth with equity, competitive and progressive", the PM has stated.

Being recognized as a necessary ingredient of an advanced nation, green growth has been chosen as one of the six highlighted strategies in the 11MP.

As spelled out in the 11MP, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is one of the approaches to achieve green growth.

With the support of the European Union through the SWITCH-ASIA Programme, the Malaysian government has been working since 2012 on a new SCP policy framework under the coordination of the Economic Planning Unit, the central agency under the Prime Minister Department of Malaysia.

The SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) for Malaysia established an international role model of SCP policy-making through a participative process involving government and NGO stakeholders across jurisdiction and the whole socio-economic spectrum and by building on existing efforts, programmes and policies already existing in the country.

Currently in its final phase, the project is working on an SCP Blueprint that will outline the new SCP policy until 2030 and beyond.

As announced by the 11th Malaysia Plan, "the Government will take the lead in establishing the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) approach in prominent sectors [...] SCP in Malaysia coordinates the goals of economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusiveness into an integrated development concept. The main output is a national SCP Blueprint, outlining measures and areas of priority to achieve green growth."

The SCP Blueprint will detail the scenario of green growth through SCP as postulated in the 11MP. SCP comprises the key mechanisms to make this scenario happen, leading to strengthening food, water, energy, security and lower environmental risks.

The SCP Blueprint describes the potential and role for government, consumers and producers. Green growth and positive impacts on the economy, society and environment will result from applying SCP in the most important economic sectors, the public sector, the private household level, through higher productivity in industry and in certain key sectors such as waste, building, mobility, food and tourism, in line with the following principles: 
● Government leading by example 
● Green lifestyles at private household level 
● Decoupling industrial output from use of resources 
● Improved legislation and circular economy concept applied to the waste sector 
● Energy efficient buildings 
● Low carbon mobility 
● Sustainable life cycle of food systems 
● Malaysia developing into a sustainable tourism destination 
● SCP education embedded into formal syllabus and technical trainings.

The Malaysian SCP indicator system (MySCPI), which was successfully tested in the prototype phase, will serve in the full version to monitor and benchmark progress of the policy implementation.

SCP and the development of the nation are inseparable, and changing the behaviours and patterns of consumers and producers is seen as vital for the future of Malaysia.

Please go to http://www.switch-asia.eu/news/with-support-from-switch-asia-11th-malaysia-plan-highlights-the-importance-of-scp/ for more information about PSC Malaysia.