Country components: Philippines

Specific Information:

Duration: 07/2012 - 06/2017
Budget: Euro 3.5 million

Main Philippine partners:
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
Climate Change Commission (CCC)
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Department of Budget and Management (DBM)

International consultant team:
GFA Consulting Group (GFA), Germany
ASSIST, Philippines
Ecorys Nederland BV, Netherlands
Milieu, Belgium



The Philippines is recognised for having adopted a comprehensive Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) legal framework. In a country with a booming economy however priority is still given to unsustainable modes of production. The Government of the Philippines is faced with the relatively new challenge to curb existing practices and to shift towards new modes of production and consumption. 

Numerous SCP related laws already exist in the Philippines. Although the benefits of SCP are proven, enforcing related laws remains a challenging task. The difficulties stem from the fact that SCP is a cross cutting issue, which involves a multitude of departments, agencies and local government units.

The project is one of four national SCP Policy Support Components currently funded under the Switch-Asia Programme. It provides technical assistance to the Philippine Government to implement SCP related policy instruments.

Project objectives

The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable development in the Philippines.

The specific objective of the project is to support the Philippine Government in implementing SCP related policies.

Expected results

Result 1. The implementation of policies and regulation related to clean energy and energy efficiency is facilitated. The programme will support the government in implementing existing clean energy legislation, e.g. the Renewable Energy Act and the Biofuels Act. Through targeted technical assistance the programme will advise the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the best ways to increase investment in clean energy projects (grid and off-grid) and increase energy efficiency in the Philippines.

Result 2 The Green Procurement and Ecolabelling programmes are expanded to new government bodies and new products respectively. The promotion of green products has not boasted much success in the Philippines yet, despite instructions to all government agencies to rely on eco friendly products for their procurement. The project will conduct a diagnostic study of the situation and work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to promote green public procurement and extend ecolabels to new product lines.

Result 3. DENR's capacity to address priority, cross cutting SCP matters is enhanced, including on clean air legislation. The existing clean air legal framework has been implemented with mixed success. The Action will identify bottlenecks and support the government in enforcing existing laws. The role of DENR as coordinating agency for other cross cutting sustainable consumption and production matters will be reinforced in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development and the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

Project approach 

The Philippines was selected as one of the pilot recipients of technical assistance to further strengthen the development and implementation of national SCP policies. Specifically, SWITCH Philippines focusses on three core areas: Clean Energy, Green Procurement and Eco-Labelling, Cross Cutting SCP matters with focus on Clean Air legislation.

Clean Energy

The project is supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase investment in clean energy projects in the Philippines, in particularly supporting the implementation of the Renewable Energy Act and the Bio-fuel Act. Activities focus on:

  • Implementation of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008
  • Promotion of the development of renewable energy for mini-grids and distributed electricity generation
  • Promotion of the use of Bio-fuels in road transport in ways that are financially attractive to end users, environmentally sustainable and not conflicting with food production
  • Preparation of clean energy related policy papers
  • Promotion of energy efficiency standards in public commercial and industrial buildings ยท Exploration of opportunities to promote energy efficiency in products.

Green Procurement and Eco-Labelling

Despite previous efforts from government and development partners, the promotion of green products has encountered mixed success so far among consumer in the Philippines. The Programme will strengthen collaboration between the private and public sector and focus on:

  • Implementation of Green Procurement in selected government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) 
  • Support to the Green Philippines eco-labelling programme 
  • Outreach campaigns to identify the next generation of certified products based on environmental impact and life cycle assessment criteria 
  • Advertising for eco-certified products

Cross Cutting SCP matters including Clean Air Legislation

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the coordinating agency for cross cutting SCP matters within the programme. The component includes the implementation of the Clean Air Act and the development of Environment Footprints methodologies:

  • Implementation of the Clean Air Act
  • Support for air quality monitoring and the preparation of the air quality status report
  • Coordination of studies on other cross-cutting SCP matters in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Commission
  • Overall management of the programme.

Contact person:

Channa Gunawardena
Team Leader
2nd Floor EMB building, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Visayas Avenue Diliman, Quezon City

Tel.: +63 2 8924619 / +63 2 9284674