SCP Blueprint Workshop: Setting The Scene
To first move forward, one must know where one stands. The concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production (‘SCP’) isn’t entirely new to Malaysia. Although the Malaysian government has only partnered with the European Union and initiated the SCP Project in 2012, there had been policies and initiatives that existed before that embraced some of the SCP’s ideas. This was shown in a baseline study that was conducted by the SCP Malaysia team.
These projects by different agencies were often separated from each other and, thus, forming the “silo” situation. These “silo” ways of doing things caused some of the efforts to be overlapped because there were minimum communications between the agencies. The government’s SCP initiative functions to put all these efforts into synergy and beyond.
Defining the terms
On 25th March 2014, the workshop named “Sustainable Consumption and Production Blueprint: Green Growth Through SCP” was held by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department and the SCP Malaysia team. The objective of this workshop was to fine-tune the first draft of the SCP Blueprint that will be incorporated in the 11th Malaysia Plan.
There are many jargons in the SCP Blueprint that may be very confusing and difficult to understand for the public or the policy makers. It is only natural and logical that the first part of the SCP Blueprint is utilised to explain the general ideas of SCP. The terms like life cycle, sustainable practices, green growth etc are defined and explained in Section A, Setting the Scene of the SCP Blueprint.
As the SCP Blueprint will be perused by people from various sector of the society, it will useful if there are inputs contributed by these sectors. Therefore, the SCP Blueprint Workshop invited the SCP stakeholders to discuss on what are the most appropriate definitions and explanations to include in the SCP Blueprint.
Stay or pivot
At the end of the workshop, the stakeholders have all given their takes on the first draft of the SCP Blueprint, on what was properly defined and what could be further refined. The SCP Malaysia team aims to get the SCP Blueprint ready by the end of 2014. The inputs from the stakeholders will be used to calibrate the SCP Blueprint so that all sectors are taken care of.