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New UNEP report shows SCP policies are emerging in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

A new UNEP report taking stock of moves towards sustainable consumption and production policies could provide a platform for the exchange of good practices for the whole region.

The study, titled ‘Sustainable consumption and production policies and initiatives in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus,’ was presented to policymakers from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus on 18 June in Moldova. The report was funded by the European Union and developed under the ’Greening Economies in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood’ ( EaP GREEN ) programme.

The paper includes recommendations for furthering work in specific fields, for example on how to best organise bodies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine that deal with SCP.

These countries have a lasting industrial legacy from the Soviet era, yet also a bounty of natural resources and unique ecosystems. The report therefore aims to fill knowledge gaps on SCP policies and practices which can be designed to economic, social and environmental challenges.

On energy efficiency for example, the report shows how Moldova is attracting investment for 85 projects to renovate hospitals, schools and other buildings. Like several others in the region, the country relies heavily on energy imports and electricity prices have risen sharply in recent years – meaning energy efficiency moves can protect economic growth and ensure savings.

Meanwhile, in Armenia, a local organic certification company, ECOGLOBE, has been accredited by the German and US authorities, the report reveals. As a result, manufacturers certified by the company can now sell produce on the US and EU organic market, where demand is expected to continue to rise.

Among its recommendations, the paper suggests that government focal points be designated for dealing with green economy and SCP issues, so as to ensure greatest efficiency in the transition.

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