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Sectors: Environment, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, SMEs

Regions: Asia, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Worldwide

Category: Call for Proposals


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Additional info regions:

– European Economic Area
– Countries from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II)
– Asian countries
– Central Asian countries
– Member countries of the OECD, in case of contracts implemented in a Least Developed Country or a Highly Indebted Country as included in the list of ODA recipients


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Funds for: To promote inclusive sustainable growth
Main beneficiaries: SMEs

Responsible: European Commission


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Funds for: To promote inclusive sustainable growth
Main beneficiaries: SMEs

Priorities and funded actions:

* To promote inclusive sustainable growth; 
* To contribute to the economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia and Central Asia; 
* To support the development of a green economy and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy; 
* To promote sustainable production and sustainable consumption patterns and behaviours in Asia and Central Asia, through an improved understanding and strengthened cooperation between Europe and Asia/Central Asia, notably by supporting SMEs and MSMEs in adopting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices;
* To create an enabling environment to strengthen the implementation of national SCP policies 

* Address sustainable supply chains management with a focus on green trade and on facilitating the integration of MSMEs into supply chains;
* Support sustainable consumption and consumer awareness on SCP;
* Focus on either large industrial parks and large economic zones or clusters of SMEs in order to produce bankable projects

Among financed actions
* Development and actual application of replication mechanisms (e.g. product and service standards, public-private partnerships, sustainable supply-chain management, reinforcement of SCP service providers, engagement of financial institutions, etc.);
* Preparatory activities, such as needs assessments, market surveys, awareness raising, tool and manual development and/or research; 
* Research and design of products with lower environmental impact in the entire life cycle and poverty reduction potential, including use and end-of-life stage;
* Greening the public procurement;
* Market-based solutions inclusive of the poor;
* Closed-loop schemes in relation to re-use, repair and recycling systems;
* Promotion of waste treatment by consumers;
* Introducing technical innovations, where possible with indigenous or locally produced technology;
* Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and implementation of Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) measures;
* Inducing environmental practices as part of the market push-pull mechanism in the whole chain of production;
* Ensure a safe transport of dangerous goods, reducing the environmental impact of warehousing

Additional information
* This is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the project: Between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal person and
– Be non-profit-making or
– Be a business and for-profit organisation (e.g. chamber of commerce, industry association, trade federation, Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises-MSMEs, clusters, etc. ), a consumer organisation, a research centre, a development organisation, a labour organisation or
– Be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation 

– Actions must take place in Asia or Central Asia;

– Projects should address at least one or more of the mentioned priorities and be made for one of the 2 geographical lots;

– Proposals should fall under the following SCP: Agri-food processing, building and construction, digital economy, energy, manufacturing, plastics, sustainable tourism, green trade promotion, transports and logistics, waste management, wood processing or mining processing;

– The partnership has to include  at least one organisation from a Member State of the European Union / European Economic Area or an international organisation at least one organisation from an eligible Asian or Central Asian country belonging either to Lot 1 or to Lot 2;

– Multi-countries proposals are allowed 

* An information session will be held on: 17 January 2019, Albert Borschette Congress Center in Brussels

* Questions may be sent to: EuropeAid-SWITCH-ASIA@ec.europa.eu