Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is one of the national priorities in Sri Lanka. Many stakeholders are taking different initiatives to achieve 17 SDGs in Sri Lanka. National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) has focused to achieve SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) through diverse activities.
NCPC undertakes different international projects to accelerate the shift towards achieving sustainable development of the country. Accordingly in 2014, United Nations (UN) Environment selected NCPC to pilot the concept of Eco Innovation in agri-food sector Sri Lanka. Aim of this concept is to embed sustainability at strategy level and change the business models. Methodology examines the whole value chain of a company to identify key areas and enhance their economic, environmental and social performance. As a result six (6) SMEs were selected and applied the concept. Two year project is now getting successfully completed.
With the completion of “Project on Eco Innovation, Strengthening SCP Practices in Sri Lanka by Empowering SMEs in Agri-food Sector” NCPC will embark on a project supported by 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) of UN Environment on “Consumer Information, Promoting SCP in Sri Lanka through Facilitating Accessibility to Information”. This will be the pioneering project launched by NCPC to shape up the Sustainable Consumption in the country.
To disseminate learnings of the project on Eco Innovation: Strengthening SCP Practices in Sri Lanka by Empowering SMEs in Agri-food Sector and to launch the project on Consumer Information: Promoting SCP in Sri Lanka through Facilitating Accessibility to Information, NCPC organized a major stakeholder gathering on 2nd March 2017 at Hotel Waters Edge.
Approximately 100 representatives from government, industries and academia participated at this event. Inauguration session was decorated by the speeches of Mr. Asitha Senevirathna (Advisor to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce), Mr. M.G.W.M.W.T.B. Dissanayake (Additional Secretary of Environment Policy & Planning Division), Mr. Ian Fenn (Sustainable Consumption Coordinator at Consumers International), Dr. Walter Reinhardt (SCP Project Coordinator UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) and Eng. Samantha Kumarasena (CEO of NCPC).
Prof. Ajith de Alwis delivered an insightful key note speech for the event. Companies who have successfully implemented Eco innovative changes presented their case studies. Namely they were Rasoda Diaries Pvt Ltd, Asian Agro Pvt Ltd, Jachufi fruit products and Munchee de Coco products.
Event was ended up with an interactive panel discussion. Panelists were Mr. Ian Fenn, Dr. Walter Reinhardt, Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Eng. Samantha Kumarasena, Eng V R Sena Peiris and Mr. Dammika Gunasekara.
If you would like to know more about the projects, kindly contact Ms. Sachira Vilochani or Ms. Uthpala Sankalpani.