EVENT: Introducing EPR schemes for packaging around the world – tools, experiences and challenges

Online • 29. April 2021

EVENT: Introducing EPR schemes for packaging around the world – tools, experiences and challenges

This WCEF Side Event on 29 April 2021 focuses on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a key concept for ‘closing the loop’ in the packaging value chain. The EPR Toolbox will be presented, and panellists will discuss experiences in introducing EPR schemes in different countries.

Join the PREVENT Waste Alliance on 29 April 2021 from 10.00-11.30 am CEST  for our panel discussion on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

EPR is an environmental policy approach based on the ‘polluter-pays’ principle in which the producers take responsibility for the management of products after they become waste, thus enhancing prevention and management of plastic waste.

Experiences with EPR schemes exist in various OECD countries whereas lately, several companies and business associations have announced voluntary commitments to reduce plastic waste leakage into the environment. Besides, efforts are made on policy level in various low- and middle-income countries to establish EPR schemes. However, every country must find an individual solution that fits the country-specific conditions.

In the session, we will discuss ways to implement EPR schemes for packaging in low- and middle-income countries. Useful approaches and tools like the EPR Toolbox developed by PREVENT will be presented. In a moderated panel discussion, experts from the private sector and non-governmental organisations will share their experiences with implementing EPR schemes in different countries. The guests will exchange on the current status quo of their projects, challenges they face as well as solutions and next steps for implementing EPR schemes for packaging.

We are happy to welcome the following panellists:

  • Ms Xin Chen, Project Manager of WWF Global EPR Project and Mr Pham Manh Hoai, Plastic Policy and EPR Coordinator, WWF Viet Nam. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an independent conservation organisation active in nearly 100 countries, working to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife for instance by promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
  • Ms Annisa Paramita, General Secretary Indonesia Packaging Recovery Organization (IPRO). IPRO seeks ways to speed up the implementation of the circular economy in Indonesia by collaborating with multi stakeholders, from waste collection to recycling specifically on post-consumer waste. IPRO was initiated by Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia’s Sustainable Environment (PRAISE).
  • Mr Pranshu Singhal, Founder of Karo Sambhav. Karo Sambhav is an Indian Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) that designs and implements transformative Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programmes for electronic waste and plastic waste.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction
  2. Welcoming words – Mr Daniel Haas (Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ))
  3. Introduction of EPR and the EPR Toolbox – Ms Angelina Schreiner (Junior Advisor, PREVENT Waste Alliance)
  4. Opening statements: presentation of activities related to introducing EPR schemes for packaging – panellists
  5. Panel discussion: introducing EPR schemes for packaging in different countries – panellists
  6. Open forum with questions from the audience
  7. Closure

The panel discussion is an official WCEF Side Event.

The event is open for both, members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance as well as people interested in the topic.