Directions and Opportunities for Accelerated Achievement of SDG 12 in Asia

Event: ISIE 2019 Beijing
Date: July 2019 (Beijing)
Conference Paper

The Asia-Pacific region is the cradle of production and the center stage of the world economy today. At the same time, the region is a flourishing arena of new socio-economic development driven by digitalization and servicization. In light of these trends, it is necessary to examine emerging opportunities for transitioning to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), expanding the focus beyond simply increasing the efficiency of existing production and consumption systems. It is also important for the region to link with efforts aimed at improving people's sufficiency as well as building upon and leveraging existing, albeit scattered good practices for accelerating SCP activities.


We will present four directions as guides and 12 opportunities as entry points for SCP policymaking in Asia put forward by the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) and PECoP-Asia (an Asia-based roundtable and research project), and reflect their Asian views on SCP policy in line with the Agenda 2030.


By analyzing the present environmental, economic and social problems in Asia, the following four strategic directions of SCP Policy that decouple socioeconomic development and increases in environmental loads from the real sense of securing people’s wellbeing and happiness were extracted.

  1. SCP policies are expanding from the environmental policy domain to the socio-economic technology policy domain.
  2. Strengthening linkages between consumption and production is a key, emerging trend.
  3. Transition to SCP is a socio-technical regime shift requiring successive changes in social practices, technology use in daily life, and associated infrastructure.
  4. Bottom-up approaches are necessary to enhance effectiveness and acceptance of SCP policies across the region.


This proposal put forward the idea that delivery of SDG12 should largely depend on taking advantage of emerging forces in Asia including new business models, drivers of wealth, wellbeing and human development, urbanization, disruptive technologies, and digitalization. SCP innovations are therefore crucial to ensuring that these forces do not divert the region away from sustainable development. All of the 12 opportunities presented in this proposal indicate promising entry points for SCP policy development and implementation in the era of the Paris Agreement and SDGs. (346words)