As of: January 2018
Sustainable Consumption and Production for Low Carbon Economy
Objective and activities
Sustainable consumption and production are essential if we are to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. Green Public Procurement (GPP) and established eco-labels have a key role to play in the creation of a low-emission economy. Thailand introduced a GPP programme in 2008. The project supported the Thai Government in developing suitable criteria which can be used to identify and label climate-friendly products. These criteria were applied during the procurement processes of public authorities. The project partners determined the product groups that were most relevant to climate change. Rather than creating new labels, existing labels in these product groups were then analysed and expanded to take account of climate aspects. Training measures were carried out to inform public procurers about the new guidelines and their application. The project had a regional focus and promoted mutual exchange with partners in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- Thirteen product groups were selected, based on priorities in the product directories and the interest of the Thai partners, for the development and integration of climate-relevant criteria. These included printers, heavy goods vehicles, water fountains, display refrigerators and computers. Climate-friendly criteria were developed for all thirteen products.
- Technical committees were trained to verify the criteria for the 13 product groups. A total of 17 technical meetings and four public hearings had taken place by the end of 2014. The recommended climate-relevant criteria for air conditioners, steel furniture and tires were integrated into the criteria catalogue of the Thai Green Label.
- Work was carried out on a method of measuring the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions
- The experiences gained were disseminated throughout the region through the network of the EU SWITCH-Asia sustainable consumption and production (SCP) policy projects in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines and of the UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement programme and Eco-Labelling Project, as well as the Global Ecolabeling Network. An initial meeting of the new working group ‘ASEAN Forum on SCP’ took place in 2014.
- Several national and regional GPP training events and workshops were carried out, including a train-the-trainer course for experts from government organisations in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. A total of 16 participants were trained as trainers and will now work on developing climate-friendly criteria for public calls for tender.
- The project organised a regional workshop on harmonising the environmental labels. The workshop included discussions on global experiences with the development of Common Core Criteria (CCC) for eco-labels (type 1) as well as the opportunities and challenges this presented.