SCP Technical Workshop 2014: Green Growth through SCP
On 25th March 2014, the Deputy Director of Environment and Natural Resource Economic Section (‘SEASSA’) under the Economic Planning Unit (‘EPU’), Mr Mohamad Razif B Haji Abd Mubin kickstarted the workshop of the day with his opening remark.
He welcomed the guests to the workshop that was named “Sustainable Consumption and Production Blueprint: Green Growth through SCP”
In his remark, he gave a very detailed overview of the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production (‘SCP’) and the role it plays in Malaysia. He emphasised that it is vital for the development of the country to be one that is sustainable. He explained that green growth is necessary in order to achieve sustainable development. In the context of Malaysia, green growth had been redefined in the SCP Blueprint as:
“Green growth uses natural, human and capital resources in a sustainable manner to bring a better quality of life and sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth for all, while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, minimising waste and avoiding inefficient use of natural resources, protecting biodiversity and strengthening security of supplies.”
He further went on to point out that as SCP promotes behavioural change, resource efficiency, circular economy and inclusiveness, among others, it is one of the key entry points to achieve green growth.
The focus of the workshop was to discuss the details of the first draft of the SCP Blueprint that will be incorporated in the 11th Malaysia Plan.
The EPU is preparing the 11th Malaysia Plan before meeting the deadline of 2020 where our country targeted to be a high-income, developed and sustainable nation. The 11th Malaysia Plan will be the overarching policy for Malaysia and the SCP Blueprint will be used as inputs for it. The SCP Blueprint will provide effective coordination and address the change of patterns and behaviour for industry and consumers for a few key sectors such as building, transport, food and tourism etc.
As SCP is a cross cutting concept, it means that all relevant agencies, be it government or non-government, should work in synergy and not function in a “silo” manner. Hence, it is very important for the stakeholders from different sector to provide their inputs and ideas for the improvement of this first draft paper.
There were representatives from various stakeholder that represented a wide spectrum of agencies that will tremendously contribute towards the SCP Blueprint in all aspects.
The Flow of the Workshop
The stakeholders were grouped into 8 round tables. Each of the table had their own theme to discuss, these themes include consumers and lifestyle, industry, supply chains and Government Green Procurement (‘GGP’), technology and products, transport and tourism, food, building and waste. These groups were to go through three sections, namely Section A, B and C during the workshop.
In Section A, “Setting the Scene”, the stakeholders were asked to answer a set of questions regarding the definitions in the SCP Blueprint. For the SCP Blueprint to be comprehensive, it is crucial to have the most precise and correct definitions and explanations. This section will open up the discussion for the key principles, rationale, instruments and baseline of SCP.
Most of the groups finished Section A within the time given and many ideas were conveyed to the SCP Malaysia team.
Subsequently, they proceeded to Section C, “Vertical Interventions” that required them to determine the suitable stakeholders for the respective sectors. This section took the most time out of all the three sections because there were many sectors to discuss and it was essential to select the most appropriate stakeholders in carrying out the plan.
Last but not least, the groups continued their discussion on Section B, “Horizontal Interventions” that focused on busting the myth regarding SCP and suggestions to improve the communication of SCP etc.
*There will be a more in-depth review for each section on this SCP Portal.
There had been many invaluable and useful inputs by the stakeholders which will be used to further refine the draft of SCP Blueprint. The SCP Malaysia team aims to submit the final version of the SCP Blueprint by the end of 2014. There will be more technical workshops with the stakeholders to calibrate all elements in the SCP Blueprint that will be incorporated in the 11th Malaysia Plan.