SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility supports Indonesia to enhance SCP with green procurement

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To attain objectives of the Indonesian National Medium-term Plan a new project “Enhancing SCP through the implementation of G/SPP and the preparation of a long-term action plan for G/SPP in Indonesia” kicked off on 24 July 2020. 25 participants from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the National Procurement Agency (LKPP), the Paper Industry Association, the Furniture Industry Association, SWITCH-Asia Experts, GIZ Advance SCP, and the EU Delegation to Indonesia attended the meeting.

To implement the project, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry is receiving support from the EU funded SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility and GIZ Advance SCP. A market readiness analysis will be prepared and G/SPP Plans for two pilot sectors, namely, wooden furniture and paper industries, are expected to be developed. SWITCH-Asia Expert, Ms. Karin Merle, introduced in more detail the market analysis study for paper and furniture industries and explained that this will be of critical importance to drive recommendations for additional sub-products to be included in the G/SPP under the project’s scope. The study will contribute to the long-term action plan that will ensure a comprehensive approach to institutionalising and reforming G/SPP in Indonesia to be led by GIZ Advance SCP in partnership with KLHK, LKPP, Bappenas, and other stakeholders.

Mr. Noer Adi Wardojo, Head of the Center for Environmental and Forestry Standards (CEFS), MoEF/KLHK highly recognised the importance of the work conducted under the SWITCH-Asia programme to enable the transformation of the industry sector towards green and sustainable sourcing and production, while driving responsible consumption from government and society. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the National Procurement Agency, and paper and furniture industry associations all expressed their willingness to support SWITCH-Asia activities by actively participating in the data gathering process for the market analysis study.

Over the past decade, Indonesia has played an active role in mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) both in policies and implementation, accelerating and strengthening its Green/Sustainable Public Procurement (G/SPP) system.

The EU SWITCH-Asia Programme in partnership with Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF/KLHK) has been instrumental in assisting the country in its shift towards SCP. Together with its partners from concerned government agencies, industry associations, and stakeholders, SCP was incorporated into the National Medium-Term Development Plan 2015-2019 focusing on 3 key approaches:

  • Collective investment on SCP knowledge at national level;
  • Innovative collaboration approach to showcase and upscale SCP best practices;
  • Creation of a critical mass of SCP practitioners.

The Indonesian Roundtable on Greening the National Development Plan was also initiated in 2013.

The Government of Indonesia is also playing an active role at the sub-regional level, leading the development of an ASEAN SCP Framework through the support provided by the SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC).

Through the SWITCH-Asia Grants Programme, nine pilot projects in Indonesia have been implemented and completed focusing on supporting SMEs on sustainable value-chain and production systems of selected products (agri-food, wood and textiles), lead paint elimination, financial schemes for eco-innovation, and two ASEAN projects on energy efficiency. Three grant projects are currently ongoing and focusing on sustainable food systems, sustainable solutions of fish consumption and production, and sustainable cleaner development through housing and building construction.