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EPR Club / DSD lunch debate - 17 March 2016


EPR in new Circular Economy package -
Realising the ecological guidance effect of EPR

17 March 2016 | 12.30 - 15.30

DSD hosted an EPR Club lunch debate on the European Commission’s proposal to link producer responsibility to Ecodesign requirements – included in the new Circular Economy Package. Sustainable production is high on the European Commission’s Circular Economy agenda. The new Circular Economy Package presented on 2 December 2015 proposes several measures to improve the Ecodesign of products, including the development of European standards on material efficiency for setting future Ecodesign requirements on durability, reparability and recyclability of products.

Furthermore, Article 8a of the proposed directive on waste provides that fees paid by producers to comply with their EPR obligations must be modulated “on the basis of the real end-of-life cost” of the products “notably by taking into account their re-usability and recyclability”. Several questions remain open regarding the practical implementation of that provision. How can we measure different product’s’ “real end-of-life costs”? How can EU-wide standards on Ecodesign be developed? What are the effects for producers and the internal market overall?

The lunch debate wanted to shed light on these questions and aimed at discussing with EU representatives and EPR Club members the challenges and opportunities for realising the ecological guidance effect of EPR. Speakers from different Member States provided impetus for an open debate by presenting national examples and initiatives on EPR and Ecodesign.



This is an EPR Club event only open for EPR Club members (including ACR+ members). You can register to this event by sending an email to, including your full name, organisation, function, and the event name.Please note that seating is limited. Basic lunch will be provided.

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17 March 2016, 12:00 - 15:30
ACR+ offices, Avenue d'Auderghem 63, 1040 Brussels (View location


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