In the last
decade, UNEP has been actively supporting developing countries in the
implementation of SPP and ecolabelling through the UNEP-led Marrakech process
aimed at advancing sustainable consumption and production practices. The
experience of the UK and Switzerland served as best practice for developing a
specific SPP methodology, which was tested by UNEP in 7 pilot
countries and subsequently revised and improved on the basis of the
lessons learned. This stepwise methodology, which is now known as the UNEP
Approach to SPP, lies at the core of the project “Stimulating the demand and
supply of sustainable products through Sustainable Public Procurement and
Ecolabelling” (SPPEL) running over the
period May 2013 to December 2017. This
project builds on the foundation laid by UNEP’s work in the fields of
Ecolabelling and SPP and seeks to combine these two instruments to better
deliver the common goal of stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable
The SPPEL project
is supported by the European Commission.
The project aims at providing capacity development and technical assistance
to different stakeholders (policy-makers, procurers, businesses) on the
development of SPP policies and the use of internationally recognized ecolabelling
systems. In addition, project countries are assisted in the coordinated
implementation of sustainable public procurement policies and ecolabelling.
In order to reach the above mentioned objectives, the project is
implemented at the national, regional and global levels.
Through its national component, the project provides capacity building and
advisory services for the combined implementation of SPP and ecolabelling in 13
countries. In 4 “core countries” with established ecolabelling programmes
(India, Vietnam, Colombia, Brazil), the aim is to implement UNEP Approach to
SPP, combined with a proactive use of ecolabels. In these countries, the
project seeks to align the goods and services prioritized through SPP with
those covered or under development by existing ecolabels.
In 9 other countries with no established ecolabelling programmes (Mongolia,
Morocco, Togo, Mauritius, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador) the
project focuses on the development and implementation of SPP policies, together
with awareness-raising activities about the opportunities that ecolabels
represent for the strengthening of the national SPP programme.
At the regional level, the SPPEL project aims to encourage South-South
cooperation, regional collaboration on ecolabelling, voluntary standards, and
the sharing of experiences related to SPP implementation in two sub-regions, the
Southern Cone (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and South East
Asia (ASEAN countries).
The project also includes a knowledge management, outreach and
communication component which aims to disseminate the tools and lessons learnt
regionally and globally, and facilitate linkages and synergies with key
international stakeholders and related initiatives. The knowledge management
component relies on an existing online platform, the SPP
Community of the Global SCP Clearinghouse, and a collaborative international framework, the SPP
Programme of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns (10YFP SPP Programme).
to provide the access of project partners and stakeholders to the SCP Clearinghouse
resources and collaborative tools while ensuring a regular flow of information
between the project and the online platform.
Additionally, the learnings and
results of the SPPEL project and the 10YFP SPP Programme feed into one another,
thus building synergies and improving coordination between different SPP
on-the-ground projects. An online
platform for the Latin American region on SPP and means of verification will also
be established as part of this component.
The SPPEL project
implementation is supported by the UNEP Regional Office of Latin America and
Caribbean (ROLAC) as well as the UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP),
with the overall coordination and project management from the DTIE office in