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SWITCH-Asia Programme

SWITCH-Asia is promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) across the Asia region. It works with both producers and consumers on the ground as well as at policy-making level in formulating and implementing of SCP-related policies. A €152 million budget is earmarked for the programme under the Regional Strategy for Asia covering the period 2007-2013.

SWITCH is funding 30 projects in 15 Asian countries.


  • The evaluation of applications submitted under the 4th Call for Proposals (2011-2012) has been finalised and a further 19 grant projects will join the SWITCH-Asia Programme.
  • The 5th Call for Proposals (2012-2013) under the SWITCH-Asia Programme will be launched on 31 October 2012. An Information Session for interested applicants will be organised in Brussels, Belgium on 27 November 2012. Find out more pdf - 167 KB [167 KB]

Call for proposals 2012-2013

  • The Call (reference: EuropeAid/133608/C/ACT/CAI) will be published on 31 0ctober 2012 with a deadline for submission of concept notes on 2 January 2013. The tentative deadline for submission of full applications is April 2013.
  • Overall EU-contribution for this Call: €19 600 000
  • Co-financing:
    o 80 % of the total estimated total accepted costs (90% for least developed countries)
    o 20% of balance financed from the applicant's or partners' own resources
  • Duration of the projects: 24 – 48 months
  • Grant amounts: min. €500 000 - max. € 2 000 000
  • Grant projects will focus on one of two priority areas:
    o Support SMEs in the up-take of SCP practices and access to finance; or
    o Support the switch to sustainable consumption patterns and behaviour.

Note: The above information is for the purpose of summary. For full information and conditions, please consult the legally binding document: Guidelines for Grant Applicants.

Why SWITCH-Asia?

"Economic growth" is the key term when describing recent development in Asia. The region is becoming the world's manufacturing hub. On the one hand, this development has successfully contributed to poverty reduction in the region. On the other hand, increased growth and trade have placed additional pressure on resources leading to severe environmental damage.

Overall, SWITCH-Asia aims to promote sustainable growth and contribute to economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia. At the same time, it is fostering a green economy and mitigating climate change in target countries.

More specifically, it aims to promote sustainable production (i.e. development of less polluting and more resource efficient products, processes and services) and sustainable consumption patterns and behaviour in Asia. This is to be achieved through improved understanding and strengthened cooperation between Europe and Asia. Within Asia, it means assisting SMEs in adopting sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices and by mobilising the private sector, retailers, producer and consumer organisations and groups as well as the relevant public sector authorities.

How is it designed?

The programme aims to spur change on the ground - at producer and consumer level - but also bring about a change at the top, at policy-making level. The Network Facility is an important element of the programme to ensure that successful results are communicated and best practices replicated. The SWITCH-Asia Programme comprises three components:

1) Grant projects :

Sixty-six projects in 16 Asian countries had been funded by the end of 2012 in areas such as green public procurement, cleaner production, eco-labelling, etc. Each will bring about quantifiable reductions in CO2 emissions and resource, water and energy consumption.

In addition to promoting specific SCP practices, the projects employ innovative replicating mechanisms, such as voluntary agreements, public-private partnerships, upgrading technical standards or strengthening existing SCP service providers to make them self-sustainable on the market.

2) The Network Facility:

From the outset, the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility has aimed to foster internal dialogue by facilitating the exchange of information between the grant projects, as well as communicating the results of projects to various stakeholders and dissemination of SCP practices at regional level.

The SWITCH Asia Network Facility is implemented by the Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

3) Policy Support Component:

The SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) aims to strengthen the formulation and implementation of SCP-related policies in Asia. The SWITCH PSC works on two tracks in parallel – regional and national:

  • At the regional level, it supports capacity building for Asian countries interested in developing SCP policies. This is implemented in collaboration with UNEP.
  • At national level, it targets four countries, which have already gathered experience in applying SCP tools: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

To learn more about the programme, visit the SWITCH-Asia website

Last update: 31/10/2012 | Top