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How can EPR promote sustainable consumption and production?

Hybrid event hosted by MEP Franc Bogovič

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy instrument, under which producers are given a significant responsibility to tackle the environmental impacts of products throughout their lifespan, from the design and manufacture phases through end-of-life. However, despite the original intention to promote sustainable production and consumption, the EPR systems in place give a significant responsibility to the producers for the treatment.  

The EPR Club invited participants to reflect on the link between EPR and sustainable consumption and production.

The various speakers of the event analyzed not only potential wider impacts of EPR on producers (eco-design including eco-modulation of fees, repair&reuse, new business models (leasing, etc), communication campaigns) and consumers (access to information and price signals) but also how EPR schemes can support local initiatives on reducing waste and promoting sustainable consumption (public awareness, boost repair activities).

This event was also part of the activities of the Leadership Group on Cities and Regions of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.


Watch again the webstream of the event here.


Presentations from the speakers are available here.


Opening remarks:

14:00 – 14:05 Françoise Bonnet, ACR+

14:05 – 14:15 Emmanuel Katrakis, ECESP LG on economic incentives

14:15 – 14:20 MEP Franc Bogovič (vídeo-message intervention)

14:20 – 14:25 Cillian Lohan, European Economic and Social Committee

14:25 – 14:40 Peter Borkey, OECD

First panel: EPR as an instrument for sustainable production:

14:40 – 14:50: Mattia Pellegrini, DG ENV, European Commission

14:50 – 15:00 Pascal Leroy, WEEE Forum

15:00 – 15:10 Axel Darut, CITEO

15:10 – 15:20 Ioana Popescu, ECOS

15:20 – 15:35 Q&A

Second panel: EPR and the link with sustainable consumption:

15:40 – 15:50 Jean-Pierre Schweitzer, EEB

15:50 – 16:00 Elmar Willems, Circular Flanders

16:00 – 16:10 Isaac Peraire i Soler, Catalan Waste Agency

16:10 – 16:25 Q&A

Wrap up and closing remarks:

16:25 – 16:30 Françoise Bonnet, ACR+

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