Support the transition of Asia, the Middle-East and the Pacific to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy while promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns, and greener supply chains between these regions and Europe.
SWITCH-Asia is a programme funded by the European Union (EU). Active since 2007, it seeks to promote Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the region. Through its 2019 EU Green Deal and Global Gateway, the EU has further committed to supporting the transition of countries to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy. This has also strengthened the knowledge basis and momentum of the programme in supporting Asian countries’ SCP commitments as part of SDG 12 and the Paris Agreement.
The Policy Support Component (PSC)
The PSC provides direct support to regional organisations, national governments and related implementing agencies in charge of policies and regulatory frameworks relevant to SCP. This is done in the form of on-demand advisory on scaling up SCP policy and implementation as well as through creating a platform for knowledge exchange, and building capacities of regional institutions. All activities rely on the strong engagement of partner countries and organisations in co-creating the requested policies, processes and other deliverables. Projects by the SWITCH-Asia PSC benefit several governments at once through a multi-country or regional approach. Managed by the EU Directorate General International Partnerships (DG INTPA), the PSC’s activities are implemented by GOPA and NIRAS.
The Grants Scheme
Through its grants scheme, the programme funds pilot projects supporting companies to adopt cleaner technologies and more sustainable industrial practices. It also seeks to integrate sustainability considerations into consumers’ decision-making. The goal of this component is to facilitate the replication of SCP practices in MSMEs in the region.
Since its launch, 143 projects have been funded with an average grant size of EUR 1.7 million across a wide range of sectors including energy efficiency in industrial plants and houses, agri-food and fishing sectors, textiles and leather, tourism, logistics and freight. These have been implemented by over 500 Asian and European partners and more than 100 private sector associates, which indirectly benefitted up to 80,000 MSMEs.
Implemented since 2007
Average Grant Size
Invested across a wide range of sectors including energy efficiency in industrial plants and houses, agri-food and fishing sectors, textiles and leather, tourism, logistics and freight.
Implemented by over 500 Asian and European partners and some 100 private sector associates, grant projects indirectly benefitted up to 80,000 MSMEs.