The SWITCH-Asia II Call for Proposals has been published on December 3, 2014 with an objective to promote sustainable growth, to contribute to the economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia and to mitigate climate change. The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to promote sustainable production (development of less polluting and more resource efficient products, processes and services) and sustainable consumption patterns and behaviours in Asia (purchase of less polluting and more resource-efficient products; conducting more sustainable lifestyles and behaviour).
Guidelines for grant applicants, application deadlines and forms are available here.
This objective should be achieved through an improved understanding and strengthened cooperation between Europe and Asia and within Asia, notably by supporting Asian SMEs and consumers in adopting sustainable consumption and production practices and activities by getting access to finance, and by mobilizing the relevant actors such as the private sector, financial intermediaries, retailers, producers and consumer organisations and groups, individual consumers along with relevant public sector authorities.
The Programme aims at identifying and scaling up successful SCP practices in Asia in order to induce a systematic change in consumption and production patterns and behaviour. Furthermore, lessons learnt indicate that the consumption side of SCP needs more appreciation and that access to finance is a key bottleneck for a sustainable switch to SCP practices for SMEs in Asia.
An information session is scheduled in Brussels in Albert Brochette building onJanuary 14, 2015. Click here for more details.