About SwitchMed

The SwitchMed initiative is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Economy Division, and MedWaves, the United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) regional activity centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (formerly known as SCP/RAC). The initiative is carried out in close coordination with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR).

The initiative was launched in 2013 to speed up the shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns in the Southern Mediterranean, notably through the promotion of circular economy approaches. The programme aims at achieving productive, circular and sharing economies in the Mediterranean by changing the way goods and services are consumed and produced so that human development is decoupled from environmental degradation.

Its activities benefit 8 countries in the Southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Through policy development, demonstration activities and networking opportunities, SwitchMed supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up eco and social innovations. The programme supports policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries, which have identified job creation and natural resource protection as priority issues that also contribute to their economic stability.

The SwitchMed Initiative contributes to the achievement of several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 8 – Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
SDG 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 17 – Revitalize the global partnerships for sustainable development



The SwitchMed initiative is aligned with the New Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission. The measures for mainstreaming sustainable products and empowering consumers and public buyers presented in the Action Plan including the focus on the sectors that use most resources and where the potential for circularity is high such as plastics, textiles, food are embedded in the design of the SwitchMed Initiative.

SwitchMed also contributes to the Regional Dialogue Platforms, including the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Working Group on Blue Economy and the UfM Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (H2020 initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean) that lead to the adoption of the first UfM Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Climate Change.

Facts & Figures

  • 8

    Southern Mediterranean countries engaged

  • 8

    National Action Plans for sustainable production and consumption developed

  • 20

    Policy pilots implemented

  • 1 830

    Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production measures identified in 125 industries

  • 197 525

    Tonnes of CO₂ emissions avoided

  • 41.7

    Million euro savings in annual production costs

  • 48

    Incubated green entrepreneurs

  • +200

    Green companies created

  • +1 000

    Green jobs created

  • 14

    Civil society initiatives created

  • 106 000 €

    Channelled through the SwitchersFund to green entrepreneurs

Results of SwitchMed Phase I

  • 8

    SCP National Action Plans (SCP-NAPs) developed

  • 1

    SCP Regional Action Plan and 1 Roadmap tpwards circular economy for its implementation in the Mediterranean developed

  • 1.500

    over 1.500 national stakeholders trained

  • 20

    demonstration pilot projects implemented in the countries


Regional and national policy frameworks

  • 30.673

    direct impacted jobs

  • 41,7

    Saving 41,7 million for the 125 industries in annual production costs

  • 1.830

    RECP measures identifies

Industry and service providers

Sustainable and circular industry




incubated green entrepreneurs


SwitchMed contributed to the creation of +200 green companies


SwitchMed contributed to the creation of +1.000 jobs

Start-ups and entrepreneurs

Developing sustainable and circular business models


training methodology developed




civil society initiatives incubated

Civil society organizations

Eco and social solutions impacting the local communities

  • 2.150.000€

    potential investment raised by the green entrepreneurs

  • 1.400.000€

    money raised by green entrepreneurs

  • 262

    financial actors mapped

Impact investors

Enable access to finance


EU marketready eco-innovations to industries in the Southern Mediterranean


B2B events


participants from industries in these B2B events

Business networks and intermediaries

Promote adoption of eco-innovative solutions


participants from 16 countries attended SwitchMed Connect


members of the Action Network


page views since the launch of the SwitchMed platform

Networking Facility

Exchanging and connecting