SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN: Sustain and Enhance Cooperation on Sustainable Development Between Europe and Southeast Asia


Sustain and Enhance Cooperation
on Sustainable Development between Europe and Southeast Asia

The SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN project aims at establishing a more sustainable and integrated research and innovation cooperation between the EU and the ASEAN region in the areas of climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials. It will also improve the uptake and exploitation of respective research results by different user groups.

The project’s approach is to achieve this through:
  • creating a knowledge base on the strategic environment for sustainable cooperation, uptake and implementation of results of joint EU-ASEAN environment research
   • developing and testing tools for increased synergies, uptake, exposure and visibility of joint EUASEAN research
   • developing a roadmap and concrete proposals for upgrading joint research and innovation, for more sustainable and strategic future cooperation
   • identifying and cluster EU funded and relevant bilateral projects in the area of climate action, raw materials and resource efficiency

The consortium works with and for EU-funded projects with exiting links to ASEAN partners or seeking new cooperation opportunities with Southeast Asia. It aims to cover the whole area of climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials, with a particular focus on smart cities, energy efficiency and circular economy.

A wealth of knowledge has been generated by these projects. However, the exploitation and uptake of these research results and potential joint innovations can still be improved and so can the collaboration between researchers from the EU and the ASEAN region. For researchers, the SUSTAIN EUASEAN project can offer to:
  • facilitate dialogue about enhanced and new research cooperation projects
  • network projects to create and harness synergies
  • support the development of research take-up initiatives


The SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN project aims to advance sustainable development focusing on smart cities, energy efficiency, and circular economy besides other fields. The project facilitates dialogue between researchers and policy makers to ensure research projects deliver on the needs of countries in both, the ASEAN and the EU region. The project invites policy makers and advisors to regional workshops and events and actively seeks input from public administration stakeholders to not only develop new research projects but also new implementation projects.

Consortium Members
FUB – Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
WI –Wuppertal Institut (Germany)
ZSI –Zentrum für soziale Innovation (Austria)
DLR – Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum (Germany)
AIT–Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
CIRAD – Centre de cooperation international en recherche agronomique pour le development (France)
NASATI – National Agency for Science and Technology Information (Vietnam)
NSTDA – National Science and Technology Development Agency (Thailand)
SEI – Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden)
UoY– University of York (United Kingdom)
MOST–Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao PDR)
AuIT–Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)
CAI – Clean Air Asia (The Philippines)
CSCP– Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Germany)
UNESCAP– United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Thailand)

Funder: SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (603518)