European Union Supports Malaysia’s SCP Initiative
Malaysia has the vision of becoming a developed and sustainable nation by 2020. While the country’s economic growth is growing fast, the Malaysian Government has recognised that this vision can only be materialised if it embraces the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production (‘SCP’). After all, a developed and high income nation will not be practical if it isn’t sustainable for the next generation.
SCP has long been known as a practice that will improve economic growth while reducing the negative impacts made on the environment and society. There are many European countries that have adopted this concept and the results were positive.
The SWITCH-Asia Programme launched by the European Union (‘EU’) aims to promote SCP across the Asia region which includes Malaysia. It is the single largest programme to support SCP in developing countries.
Within this SWITCH-Asia programme, there’s a policy support component that targets national and regional policy frameworks and their potential to encourage the uptake of SCP practices.
At national level of this framework, Malaysia is identified as one of the countries that possesses experience in applying SCP tools.
The Malaysian Government has then collaborated with the EU on the SWITCH-Asia programme since 2012. The SCP policy support project is coordinated by the Environment and Natural Resource Economic Section (‘SEASSA’) of the Economic Planning Unit which is the National Focal Point for SCP in Malaysia.