Listen to encouraging stories of innovative textile and clothing entrepreneurs who are already embracing circular approaches at the #EABF – the Europe Africa Business Forum. Join our online event that will discuss how fashion entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Africa can build more sustainable, resilient, and circular textile value chains. Get more information.Continue Reading
DG INTPA at GEC Global Meeting
Be part of the Green Economy Coalition Global Meeting! @EU_Partnerships will be speaking on how to accelerate a green and fair recovery. Visit the complete programme and learn where to register.Continue Reading
EU’s international cooperation on Circular Economy
How circularity cuts carbon emissions, this issue is discussed at a virtual COP26 side event hosted by the EU on November 6th. The event illustrates the different pathways for the transition by highlighting experience from the SWITCH-Asia and Switch Africa Green programme. Register now.Continue Reading
Circular solutions for ICT and the electronic value chains – discussion at WRF2021
How to tackle the e-waste challenge in Africa? Different perspectives and experiences were discussed at the World Resources Forum 2021. Read the full story.Continue Reading
Result Chain Circular Economy published
The new publication “Results and Indicators for Development: Circular Economy offers guidance to build strong logical frameworks (identifying SMART results and measurable indicators) in line with INTPA priorities on the circular economy. Discover more.Continue Reading
SAVE THE DATE: Closing the loop for e-waste in Africa at WRF 2021
Join our online workshop on Circular economy policy and business solutions to e-waste challenges in Africa at the World Resources Forum 2021. By 2050, people are set to consume an estimated 140 billion tons of natural resources like minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year, compared to 60 billion tons in 2005 (IRP, 2011). A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020. Numbers leave no doubt action on e-waste management is needed. Tune it to our online event. Get more information.Continue Reading
A new Finance Brief: Access to Finance for SCP Practices by SMEs in India
A new Finance Brief produced by the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility presents an overview of financing opportunities for SMEs and their SCP-related activities and summarises recommendations to Development Finance Institutions for increasing (access to) relevant funding in India.Discover more.Continue Reading
Save the date – for SwitchMed Connect
SwitchMed Connect is finally back! The 2021 edition of this long-awaited event will take place on 19-20 October, both in Barcelona and online as this year, due to the pandemic context, its format will be hybrid. More information to come, stay tuned!Continue Reading
Kyrgyzstan is Taking Action to Implement Circular Approaches in the Construction and Building Sector with a Focus on Energy Efficiency
An analytical report on the construction sectorin Kyrgystan was discussed at a recent workshop hosted by the SWITCH-Asia programme. The EU-SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, together with its partner, the Civic Foundation Unison Group, have been providing support to the Government to promote and enhance SCP and Circular Economy in the construction and building sector, with a focus on energy efficiency.Continue Reading
SWITCH-Asia hosts sub-regional dialogue: Promoting Sustainable Food Consumption in Southeast and Northeast Asia
How to foster awareness on significance of the food consumption and how to recognise the opportunities to promote sustainable food consumption in Asia? Topics to be discussed at the upcoming Sub-Regional Dialogue on Promoting Sustainable Food Consumption in Southeast and Northeast Asia. Discover how to join.Continue Reading
The Book EU Grant Projects and Activities: Promoting SCP 2008-2024 (2nd Edition) is finally out!
The new book provides readers with practical knowledge and information about the vast number of EU SWITCH-Asia funded projects that have been implemented in Asia for over a decade, as well as insights about their impact in the region. Discover more.Continue Reading
Missed the S2G lab debate at EDD 21? Catch the replay!
Circular economy is a key topic of our European green deal, which call for a global response to climate change and environmental degradation. The lab debate on Building new partnerships to globally support EU priorities on the circular economy explored how the circular economy helps SMEs not only to address environmental impacts but also to develop and contribute to decent jobs and the growth of their business.Continue Reading
Circular Economy and Sustainable Lifestyles Course
Learn more on Circular Economy and Sustainable Lifestyles. An online course with the aim to disseminate and shape up knowledge and case studies of Sustainable Consumption and production (SCP), highlighting sustainable lifestyles and circular economy, and to promote uptake and advocate SCP policies of Asian countries, is now available. Discover more.Continue Reading
Good Practice for Financing SCP Business Cases
What are enabling factors for financing SCP Business Cases? That was a research question of a team of experts that examined projects funded by the SWITCH-Asia Programme.Discover moreContinue Reading
Did you ever wonder about the consequences of your consumption habits?
Waste and plastics in a circular economy – the topic is featured in a new SWITCH-Asia video. Please watch.Continue Reading
The WeMed Award will open soon
Meet our speaker: SWITCH programmes at EDD
Our EDD session on 15 June showcases circular business models supported by the EU in partner countries through the SWITCH programmes. It highlights how SMEs develop and contribute to decent jobs while addressing environmental impacts.Meet our speakers.Continue Reading
Way forward for cooperation on circular economy in fashion
On 7 June 2021 (12:00-15:00 CEST / UTC+2), the Italian G20 Presidency and the EU are organising an online workshop on Circular Fashion to inform discussions in the G20.Continue Reading
Join the European Development Days
Join the SWITCH project lab at the EDDs. The lab showcases circular business models supported by the EU in partner countries through the SWITCH programmes. It highlights how SMEs develop and contribute to decent jobs while addressing environmental impacts.Continue Reading
Join the #EUGreenWeek 2021 virtual conference, registrations are open!
Join four days of thought-provoking discussions on zero pollution. The public health, environmental, moral and socio-economic case for the EU to lead the global fight against pollution is today stronger than ever.Continue Reading
Reducing energy costs and respecting the environment through Bioclimatic Solutions in Kabul
In Kabul, 4,700 houses have been equipped with energy saving solutions contributing to saving 2054 metric ton of heating biomass fuel per year. These saving are only only achievement of the EU SWITCH-Asia project Kabul Green Homes. Discover more on impact and lessons learnt.Continue Reading
Interested in projects on circular plastic packaging and textiles in developing countries?
A new call for expressions of interest for projects on circular plastic packaging and textiles in developing countries is now open. The call is part of the five-year “SWITCH to Circular Economy Value Chains” project, funded by the European Union. The project exemplifies the international development cooperation dimension of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan.Continue Reading
The SWITCHERS support platform for green entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean region now online
Current digitalisation trends and COVID19 challenges are proving the potential of the e-learning and e-mentoring services. Discover the TheSwitchers.org web-platform, a learning and business development management system enabling interaction among entrepreneurs, business providers, mentors and financial institutions in the domain of Green and Circular Economy.Continue Reading
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The EU funded SWITCH–Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC), in the partnership with UNEP and Tongji University, organized a visual prologue event to the 2021 Leadership Academy on “Circular Economy Technology. Discover the details.
How to Finance a Sustainable Ocean Recovery
The EU-funded guidance “Turning the Tide: How to finance a sustainable ocean recovery” provides a market-first practical toolkit for financial institutions to pivot their activities towards financing a sustainable blue economy. It outlines how to avoid and mitigate environmental and social risks and impacts, as well as highlighting opportunities.Continue Reading