Outcomes of EU-funded SWITCH-Asia project discussed

2020-01-10 15:16:29

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism has co-implemented projects with European Union’s SWITCH-Asia Programme and its unit for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) with a view to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12 - Responsible production and consumption in Mongolia. 

On January 10, a consultation bringing together the parties involved in the projects was organized in Ulaanbaatar city to discuss their implementation and outcomes of the projects. An issue of creating cooperation platform for main partners in charge of developing sustainable production and consumption in Mongolia aimed at effective information sharing among industries were touched upon during the meeting. 

Within the partnership, projects on various areas, such as sustainable production of textile industry, eco-friendly labeling, green building, air pollution reduction and recycling construction materials were carried out. In particular, advocacy and consultancy services as well as financial mediation services were provided to reduce heat loss in buildings in Ulaanbaatar Ger district areas, and energy efficient production was supported. 

In addition, manufacturing of green products and reduction of negative impacts on environment were supported by helping eco-friendly labeling, along with improvement of relevant standards with the purpose of intensifying sustainability and green production and sales. 

The SWITCH-Asia Programme pledged to continue its partnership with Mongolia in several fields, including the formulation of state policy on sustainable consumption and production as well as targeting development of sustainable housing, resource-efficient energy production with lesser greenhouse gas emission and efficient energy use and promoting public awareness and good practice on eco-innovation, sustainable purchase and green labeling.