Promoting sustainable consumption, greener products:
Lanka can play key role at APRSCP - Dr. Shun Fung Chiu
Sri Lanka can play an important role in the Asian Pacific Roundtable
for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) to stimulate the
promotion and implementation of sustainable consumption and the greener
products, said President APRSCP Dr Shun Fung Chiu.
“The Asia Pacific region has half of the world’s population and
anticipates a very high growth. The region is expected to grow more than
8.6 per cent per annum and this has resulted in the change in social and
consumption patterns in the region,” said Chiu at the launch of the
ninth APRSCP conference in Colombo.
He said that Sri Lanka being an emerging economy has taken several
measures to protect and preserve the environment and promote greener
products, which is important to achieve sustainable economic growth
He said that with the increase in consumption patterns in the world,
raw materials have become very scarce and the emerging economies
especially in the Asia and Pacific region has to take the leadership
role to combat these environmental issues.
The roundtable is playing a catalytic role to find environmental and
consumption issues in the region to promote cleaner production in the
Therefore, it is commendable that Sri Lanka has set up a National
Cleaner Production Centre for the purpose, the APRSCP President said.
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Champika Ranawaka said
that the current global crisis was mainly due to the unprecedented
consumption of resources, which brought several environmental issues to
the world. Therefore, sustainable green energy needs to be promoted.
He said that governments alone couldn’t find solutions for these
issues and the APRSCP could play an important role to combat these
issues in the region. This type of conferences provides several
feedbacks and ideas to promote cleaner environment in the region.
The first APRSCP conference was held in Thailand in 1997 and since
then seven Roundtables were held, hosted by countries in the region.
Several national and international experts attend the conference,
which provides a forum for presentations and discussions on current
global environment concerns and its solutions, he said.