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SWITCH-Asia Policy Support
European Union
United Nations Environment Programm

Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia

 

Dates: 25-26 September 2013

Venue: Xiyuan hotel, 1 Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing, P.R. China 

 

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Summary:

The SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component (PSC), UNEP, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) and the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP will convene a 2 day technical workshop on Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia, targeting policy makers and practitioners in Asia.  A range of indicators on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Resource Efficiency and Green Economy and their applicability in Asia will be the subject of the workshop. For the past year, CAS has been developing a proposal for an SCP indicator framework for China.  The experts and policy makers involved in this national project will share their experience with policy makers from the region, who will also discuss their plans for SCP and related indicators.

 

This event is a response to the request of the Technical Advisory Committee of the SWITCH-Asia Regional PSC. The event will build on the extensive work on SCP, Green Growth and Green Economy indicators that has been done in many countries in the region as well as on the global experience.  It will be a technical workshop where countries can share their experiences and efforts in developing resource efficiency related Indicators, and also be a chance to link activities in Asia to global efforts on Indicators through the work of the 10YFP on SCP and the Green Economy

 

There are already a number of tools and indicators used today to monitor and evaluate national Green Growth or SCP programmes including national peer reviews, external auditing, and quantitative and qualitative indicators. Indicators are valuable tools for tracking progress on policy priorities and targets and on monitoring outcomes and impacts. Such systems also support benchmarking of patterns of consumption and production between countries providing information that will help raise awareness of the importance of SCP and improve accountability and public transparency. Indicators of SCP are inextricably linked to broader sets of indicators on environment and sustainable development, including poverty reduction and economic growth. Indicators can also indicate whether a society’s consumption and production patterns are becoming more sustainable and hence bringing about more equitable and sustainable development.

 

On top of specific SCP indicators, there is a large amount of work on Green Economy/Green Growth indicators and other indicators related to resource use/resource efficiency. While all these indicators supplement each other there is a profound need to identify common elements and practical approaches on how a core of these indicators can support the development, implementation and monitoring of resource efficiency related policies in Asia.

 

At the national level in the region, many Asian countries have been adopting strategies, plans and policies to promote SCP, Green Growth and Resource Efficiency. Monitoring and evaluating these policy instruments is essential to ensure the successful implementation. Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Sri Lanka have already started investigating SCP Monitoring and other Asian countries are already using Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI), which also relate directly to SCP. However, tracking, monitoring and measuring progress on policy implementation through initiatives and programmes has been a challenge for these countries.

 

At the international level, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (10YFP) has provided the impetus for countries to be pro-active on developing proposals and recommendations on SCP and related indicators.  One of the priorities of the 10YFP will be to identify the set of indicators to measure global, regional and national progress on SCP. This includes indicators to measure impact at the national and local levels.  This will be done through consultations with the regions as well as global experts on the topic.  This workshop will hence be an opportunity for countries and experts to provide first recommendations to the 10YFP ahead of the first regional consultation in Asia.

 

Policy makers and practitioners under the SWITCH-Asia PSC have recognized the importance of SCP and related indicators and the need to build capacity on using such indicators to track, measure progress, and monitor policy implementation on SCP. The workshop will bring together experts and policy makers from the region to share experiences and efforts in developing resource efficiency related Indicators, and also plan on how SCP Indicators can be used effectively in the national, regional and global level, through the work of the 10YFP on SCP and the Green Economy.

Objectives of the Technical Policy Dialogue

 

  • To share experiences amongst countries on the initiatives and lessons learned in using Resource Efficiency, SCP. Green Economy and/or Green Growth indicators
  • To provide guidance to policy makers and stakeholders in developing countries in Asia on understanding, developing, and selecting indicators that measure and monitor progress towards SCP and related initiatives.
  • To collect inputs on the development of a set of common voluntary indicators that could be suitable for Asian countries to support the development, implementation and monitoring of SCP, and Green Economy/Green Growth policies.
  •  To provide recommendations from the region to international processes related to SCP and Green Economy Indicators, such as the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP, the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP, the joint UNEP/GGGI/OECD work on Green Growth Indicators etc.

Expected Outcomes

 

  • A set of recommendations supporting Asian Countries in the development, selection, and use of resource efficiency related Policy Indicators to monitor progress of SCP programmes and Initiatives.
  • Press release on the need and potential policies supporting SCP and green economy/green growth Indicators in Asia Countries
  • Recommendations towards the development of a possible set of common voluntary SCP and green economy/green growth indicators that could be suitable for Asian countries
  • Recommendations from the region to international processes related to SCP and Green Economy Indicators, such as the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP, the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP, the joint UNEP/GGGI/OECD work on Green Growth Indicators etc.

Draft Agenda

 

24 September

Workshop for the international review of the National SCP Indicators proposal

25 September

Workshop on Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia – Day 1

8.30-9.00

Registration and coffee/tea

9.00-10.00

Opening session

Chair: Prof. Shaofeng Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Introductory and welcome remarks:

  • Mr. Shen Xujian, Deputy Counsel of the Department of the Regional Economy, National Development and Reform Commission
  • Stefanos Fotiou, Resource Efficiency Coordinator for Asia Pacific, UNEP
  • Mr. Lars Gronvald, Head of Operations, EU Delegation to China and Mongolia

 

 

10.00-11.00

Session 1: Technical background on RE/SCP/GE Indicators

Moderator: Mr Stefanos Fotiou

Presentations:

  • Technical presentation on Green Economy, SCP and Resource Efficiency indicators in Asia (Heinz Schandl, CSIRO, Anthony Chiu, De La Salle University)
  • Green Economy, SCP and Resource Efficiency indicators – International context (UNEP, TBC)
  • Identifying appropriate indicators for policy goals - the EU experience  (Arnold Tukker, TNO, Netherlands; NTNU, Norway)

 

This session will provide a technical background to indicators and link the workshop to previous and international efforts on indicator frameworks.

11.00-11.30

Coffee and tea break

11.30-12.30

Session 1 continued: Technical background on RE/SCP/GE Indicators

Moderator: Mr Stefanos Fotiou

Panel: Xia Cheng, Deputy Advisor, Department of Regional Economy (NDRC), Sena Peiris (APRSCP), Dr Tran Bac, Viet Nam Environment Administration

Guided discussion with the audience including Q and A with the speakers.

 

12.30-14.00

Lunch

14.00-15.30

Session 2: Macro/National level country experiences

Moderator: Janet Salem, UNEP

Presentations:

  • China’s Proposal for an SCP Indicator Framework, including an overview of feedback from the previous day’s International review meeting (Shaofeng Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences) (20 min)
  • Results of a scoping study on SCP Indicators for Malaysia (Ahmad Kamal Wasis, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department) (15 min)
  • Green Economy indicator in 11th National Development Plan & Country Strategy (Anupit Supnithadnaporn, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment Planning Office (ANEPO), Office of National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) Thailand (15 min)
  • Philippines' initiatives on indicators for green economy (Atty. Michelle Angelica D. Go, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural  Resources) (15 min)

 

Q and A (25 min)

During this session, participants will hear from countries in the region at an advanced stage of indicator development at the macro level and have a chance for Q and A.

15.30-16.00

Coffee and tea break

16.00-17.30

Session 3: Towards a common Indicator framework (1)

 

Facilitators: Heinz Schandl, CSIRO and Anthony Chiu, De La Salle University

This session will be interactive, and will aim at identifying elements of SCP indicators sets that are common or essential in the given case studies presented and relate them back to the indicators proposal made in the first session.

 

Panel: Mr Zaheer Gillani (Pakistan), Noer Adi Wardojo (Indonesia), Dr Chhun Vannack (Cambodia)

 

Questions to consider:

-       Which resource efficiency goals and related policies are useful to be measured consistently between countries?

-       What is the relationship between SCP, resource efficiency and green economy?

-       How can high level indicators inform policy making through identifying issues, agenda setting and measuring of policy outcomes?

-       How can indicators be used to measure and improve implementation of these policies and benchmarking between countries? 

 

19.00

Dinner

26 September

Workshop on Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia – Day 2

09.00-10.30

Session 4: Sector and regional experiences with indicators

Moderator: TBC

Presentations:

  • Improvement of Monitoring Mechanisms for SCP indicators in Thailand, Mr. Chatchai INTATHA, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Thailand.
  • Indicators for Sustainable Public Procurement: Indian Railways Approach (Sanjay Kumar, Ministry of Railways, Government of India)
  • SCP indicators - a policy perspective with examples from Asia (Magnus Bengsston, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
  • Experiences in Africa (Desta Mbratu, UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa,
  • Experiences in West Asia (Fareed Buscheri, Regional Office for West Asia)

 

Moderated discussion (45 min)

 

During this session, participants will hear from countries in the region who are developing indicators for sector level monitoring and have a chance for Q and A.

 

10.30-11.00

Coffee break

11.00-12.30

Session 5: Towards a common Indicator framework (2)

Facilitators: Heinz Schandl, CSIRO and Anthony Chiu, De La Salle University

This session will follow up from session 3, with resource persons presenting a proposal for common elements of SCP/RE/GE indicators for review by participants.

Roundtable discussion: each country will provide comments on the proposal.

 

12.30-14.00

Lunch

14.00-15.00

Session 6: The way forward

Moderator: Zhang Shigang (UNEP China office)

Interactive session for countries to develop and present concept notes for country/sector level SCP/RE/GE indicator frameworks.

 

15.00-15.30

Closing session

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (Prof. Shaofeng Chen) 
  • UNEP (Stefanos Fotiou, Resource Efficiency Coordinator for Asia Pacific)

 

 

 

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Call for expression of interest:

A shift towards SCP is gaining momentum in the region, thanks to dynamic government, industry and NGO champions in the region. Activities are becoming increasingly coordinated in part due to the 2012 adoption of the global 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP at Rio+20, and the over 5 years’ experience of SWITCH-Asia programme in the region. Governments are increasingly looking towards cohesion and sharing information in different policy aspects of SCP. Indicators have emerged as an SCP policy priority in the region, and several countries are at various stages of developing frameworks and proposals for national indicator sets. In response to this, under the SWITCH-Asia PSC, UNEP and its partners will convene a technical workshop on SCP indicators. For the past year, the Chinese Academy of Science has been developing a proposal for an SCP indicator framework for China under the SWITCH-Asia PSC. The experts and policy makers involved will share their experience with policy makers from the region, who will also discuss their plans for SCP indicators.

 

UNEP is also working at the global level and with other organizations on developing global recommendations on indicators related to green economy and SCP. The experience from the work at the global level will also be presented in the workshop.

 

UNEP is calling government bodies, intergovernmental organisations, bilateral and multilateral donors, academic and research institutions and other relevant organisation to express their interest on attending the workshop and presenting their initiatives in the area of Indicators related to Green Economy, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Growth, Resource Efficiency, Circular Economy and relevant areas of work. The initiatives must pertain to Asian countries.

 

For more information on SWITCH-Asia's Policy Support Component, please visit http://www.switch-asia.eu/switch-policy

 

For updates on the event, please visit: http://www.switch-asia.eu/switch-policy/news/scp-indicators.html

 

Format and process:

Expressions of interest should be submitted in a word document of no more than 2 pages and contain the following elements:

     • Name and contact details of focal point

     • Name and short background on the institution

     • Brief description of the initiative on indicators including its objectives and, if available,:

           • List of indicators (even a preliminary draft).

           • Indication of the level of consultation for the development of the indicators

 

Expressions of interest should be sent to switch.psc@dont-want-spam.unep.org by 5 August 2013. Selected cases will be given a 20 minutes slot to for a presentation in the workshop “Indicators for a Resource Efficient Green Asia”. In the event of a big number of submissions some cases will be alternatively given a space to present their work during panel discussions.

 

The workshop is an open event accessible to anyone with an interest in the workshop’s subject area. In order to ensure a dynamic and fruitful dialogue the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 60 participants.

 

Sponsorships covering travel and DSA (according to UN rules) will be available for al limited number of participants coming from the 19 SWITCH-Asia eligible countries and representing governments, research and academic institutions and the organized civil society.