Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is a crosscutting concept that is linked to a multiplicity of domains, such as government policies, international trade, business operation, natural resources management, financial mechanism, and human behaviours. It has been observed that the implication of the evidence revealed through the SCP data is not always available to the relevant stakeholders in interpretable format and directly linked to the decision-makers needs and, not contextualized for the regional circumstances. Current studies have primarily focused on capturing a snapshot of the status of resource efficiency through indicators. However, little attention has been given to revealing the complex interlinkage between SCP and major regional issues in Asia.
Understanding the current status of SCP and its implication for regional issues is an essential entry point for decision-makers to develop informed and evidence-based policy. This Report has been developed by the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (JGSEE-KMUTT), under the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC) with the aim to present a clearer picture of the state of natural resource use in Asia.