The ‘Sri Lankan Renewable Energy’ project has contributed to reduce almost 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually since 2014 via the dissemination of biogas systems, an international forum held in Colombo on the topic of ‘Climate Change’ was told. Sri Lanka’s success in tackling climate change, amongst other Asian examples was showcased by the European Union at the recent launch of an international roundtable on the role of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Asia.

“Sri Lanka’s measures to cut costs on LPG gas purchase and waste disposal have concurrently enabled hotels, farmers and households to save around Rs. 6.2 million per year,” the European Union said as European and Asian experts convened in colombo to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The event was organised by the European Union’s SWITCH-Asia Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment as part of “Sri Lanka Next – Blue Green Era” and in conjunction with the fifth Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum.

The EU-funded international event also showcased various Asian examples of successful approaches and solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation that can be applied in Sri Lanka, too. Energy and resource-efficiency coupled with cleaner production are the main approaches adopted by Asian small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in tackling climate change in the framework of SWITCH-Asia initiatives.

“The experience of our projects across Asia proves that developing the capacities of local
SMEs to improve the resource efficiency of their operations is key to raise their resilience to climate change”, said Dr. Uwe Weber, Team Leader of the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility.

SWITCH-Asia, the EU’s largest programme on sustainable consumption and production in Asia illustrates approaches, best practice and solutions on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the framework of “Sri Lanka Next”. The SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component was launched in 2015 and assists the Sri Lankan Government in developing a national SCP policy and improving the country’s resilience to climate change.

To date Sri Lanka has been part of two regional SWITCH-Asia projects and has been awarded five national SWITCH-Asia projects, with a total EU funding of more than Rs. 1 billion. These projects have been supporting the sustainable development in particular of the tourism, food and beverage, export industries and renewable energy.