This is, in a nutshell, the idea behind a Thai-EU project called “Sustainable Consumption and Production – Policy Support Component.” The project is designed to support the Thai government in selecting and implementing suitable policies for the promotion of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).
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Funded with almost 2 million euro (Bt80 million) grant from the European Union (EU), the project will run until October 2014. It is hosted by the Ministry of Industry's Department of Industrial Works and the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The project is also implemented in close cooperation with the Office of National Economic and Social Development Board, Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning, Department of Environmental Quality Promotion. Technical expertise is provided by German International Cooperation (GIZ) supported by the Thailand Environment Institute and the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Wuppertal, Germany.
Witoon Simachokdee, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Industry said “The SCP project is in line with Thailand’s policies and commitment to green economic growth due to diminishing of natural resources and accumulating environmental problems. Department of Industrial Works will work closely with industries to promote Green Industry Mark. This Green Industry Mark is a comprehensive program to recognise industries from green commitment to green supply chain. The SCP policy project will give us the opportunity to intensify our support to Thai manufacturers toward Green Industry and will also contribute to the development of other ideas that can support sustainable development of the industrial sector.”
Chote Trachoo, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said “The Ministry is currently working on many aspects of turning consumption patterns to a more sustainable path. Within the SCP project, the Pollution Control Department will approach local authorities and the private sector in order to promote Green Procurement. The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion will investigate the awareness concerning SCP among local authorities, and based on that prepare an awareness campaign. Afterwards, the effect in terms of behavioural changes will be monitored. The Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning together with the office of the National Economic and Social Development Board will consolidate the existing SCP Policy and Monitoring System, so that we know in which way the consumption and production develops.”
Veronique Lorenzo, Head of Operations Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand said “Through our SWITCH Asia Programme, the EU works with 19 countries all over the region to improve the implementation of SCP, at a national as well as a sub-regional level. We assist governments in their activities to promote SCP. This can include, for example, developing regulatory frameworks, undertaking information campaigns or reforming environmental taxes. The SCP Policy Project in Thailand will assist government agencies in developing new SCP policies to make it easier for consumers and manufacturers to contribute to sustainable development, our ultimate goal.”