Duration: 02/2012 – 01/2015
Budget: ~EUR 1.5 million
Main Malaysian partners
Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Ministers Department
Ministry of Finance (MoF)
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE)
International consultant team
GFA Consulting Group (GFA), Germany
OWW Consulting (OWW), Malaysia
Malaysia is currently undergoing a process of fundamental reform as exemplified with the New Economic Model (NEM), the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the 10th Malaysian Plan (10MP), etc. These and other policies include efforts to promote sustainable development. This reform process is the perfect opportunity to pro-actively mainstream policies which will bring about a “switch” to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns.
Mr. Gerhard Weihs
The project, which is one of four national SCP Policy projects funded by the SWITCH-Asia Programme, aims to provide policy support to Malaysia’s government in order to strengthen the country’s institutional policy framework regarding SCP.
In the long term (overall objective) the project intends to reduce the environmental impact resulting from behavioral patterns applied by Malaysian industry and from public and private consumption. To change behavioral patterns of both the consumer and the producer side means a significant societal change; evidence shows that to achieve societal change processes of that kind may sometimes require decades and generations.
The specific objective (purpose) of the project is to strengthen the institutional SCP policy framework ensuring a coordinated and effective SCP effort in Malaysia. The project will assist the Malaysian government in establishing an enabling SCP framework so that consumers and producers are driven and encouraged to use appropriate SCP techniques.
The project purpose shall be achieved through four components, each of which is also a result area (see figure).
Under Result Area 1 the project aims to engage all government stakeholders to contribute to developing, implementing, and monitoring and jointly enhancing Malaysia’s national SCP policy; EPU shall be capacitated as the national SCP focal point, a national SCP policy shall be framed, and a SCP monitoring system shall be established.
Under Result Area 2 the project aims to strengthen the capabilities of the government of Malaysia to improve and continuously enhance its policies and instruments for sustainable production: Malaysia’s Green Product policy shall be enhanced, relevant EU market regulations shall be reflected, Malaysia’s green labeling system shall be enhanced, and relevant capacity shall be built for civil servants and key agencies.
Under Result Area 3 the project seeks to enable the government of Malaysia to be a driver for green demand by continuously stimulating green procurement at public institutions and private businesses as well as paving the way for mainstreaming sustainable consumption in other sectors. The main focus will be on Green Government Procurement (GGP).
Under Result Area 4 demonstration projects shall be implemented in two key industries with the purpose of providing valuable input to policy preparation and planning processes. The demonstration projects will be carried out in carefully selected regions and sectors and with a specific focus on SMEs. Both demonstration projects will serve to increase the technical knowledge of Malaysian enterprises in SCP, demonstrate the benefits of more sustainable production/service methods and identify room for improvement regarding SCP policies and support mechanisms.