IFAT 2022 in Munich

Munich, Germany • 30. May 2022 3. June 2022

IFAT 2022 in Munich

The world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management returns to Munich in 2022. The PREVENT Waste Alliance will be present with an exhibition booth, various sessions in the supporting programme and a Get-together for PREVENT members.

Meeting and networking with PREVENT members

Booth: Visit us in Hall A5 153/352 where will be exhibiting at the booth of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

GET TOGETHER for members:
Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 3.00 – 6.00pm CEST in B6 Lounge,
Including snacks and drinks -> please write us an e-mail to events@prevent-waste.net if you plan to attend the Get Together. Although a registration is not required, it helps us to prepare. Please feel free to drop by. We look forward to meeting many PREVENT members!

Networking event IFAT meets Afrika!: PREVENT is supporting this networking event on Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 05.30pm CEST, organised by VDMA and UNIDO ITPO Germany.


Join our sessions

As part of the supporting programme on circular economy and resource efficiency, we are organising the following sessions together with members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance:

Circular Design: how can we overcome the real obstacle for implementing circular design?
Monday, 30 May 2022, 3.00 – 3.45pm
Forum Waste / Secondary Raw Materials Grows

In light of a future global agreement on marine litter and plastic pollution, this session will highlight the potential of circular design to prevent environmental pollution. The session will present a guide for improved design of plastic packaging and products, initiating a discussion among a variety of different stakeholders on the obstacles for implementing circular design. The session is to evolve to an open exchange and discussion with the audience, with the aim to draw on the collective knowledge of the attending industry experts to jointly identify circular design solutions.


  • Francisco Balbuena, Coca-Cola Latin America
  • Timothy Glaz, Werner & Mertz GmbH
  • Nora Sophie Griefahn, Cradle to Cradle NGO
  • Dr. Stephan Löhle, cyclos GmbH
  • Nicole Bendsen, PREVENT Waste Alliance (moderator)


Is EPR always the solution? Innovative financing mechanisms for e-waste management in low- and middle-income countries
Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 2.00 – 3.30pm
Conference Room C54

EPR has become established as the way to finance e-waste management – but in low- and middle-income countries the implementation can be slow. How can we support the establishment of sustainable recycling infrastructure while EPR systems are being set up? With innovative finance approaches it could be possible to provide initial framework conditions that support the set-up of local e-waste ecosystems. In this session, operators of EPR schemes and representatives from PREVENT pilot projects will discuss what it takes to get EPR schemes working and how emerging innovative financing mechanisms can provide urgently needed transition solutions for sustainable e-waste management in the meantime.


  • Alexander Batteiger, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Ibukun Faluyi, EPRON Nigeria
  • Andreas Manhart, Öko-Institut
  • Marcel Rakowski, RLG
  • Daniel Hinchliffe, PREVENT Waste Alliance (moderator)


Waste Sector in the spotlight of the Global Methane Pledge
Wednesday, 01 June 2022, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Conference Room A32
Please feel free to bring your own coffee and join us for lunch afterwards

The session is designed to inform on the role of the waste sector and circular economy within national plans as countries prepare to meet their collective commitment under the Pledge. The speakers will discuss how methane reductions could be maximized across the waste and resource management sector. They will also explore the policies and framework to encourage governments to deliver ambitious methane reductions by 2030.

Speakers and panelists

  • André Luiz Felisberto França, Secretary of Environment Quality, Ministry of Environment, Brazil (tbc)
  • Vassilios Karavezyris, Senior Official, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection BMUV, Germany
  • Carlos Silva Filho, President, International Solid Waste Association ISWA
  • Andrés Steinhäuser, President, Manos Verdes Foundation, Argentina
  • Dr. Abdallah Nassour, P.D., Rostock University, Germany
  • Sandra Mazo-Nix, Senior Expert and Coordinator Waste Hub, Climate and Clean Air Coalition CCAC, USA
  • Anja Schwetje, Scientific Officer, German Environment Agency UBA
  • Katja Suhr, PREVENT Waste Alliance & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Aditi Ramola, ISWA (tbc moderator)


Financing the circular plastics economy: a holistic view on EPR and Plastic Credits
Thursday, 02 June 2022, 11.20 – 12.05pm
Forum Waste / Secondary Raw Materials Grows

The session sheds a light on different approaches and strategies which can act as a complement to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for a well-functioning circular economy for packaging. Starting with an introduction to a variety of possible financing mechanisms, the session will then focus on EPR and Plastic Credits. Speakers from countries currently introducing or implementing EPR schemes are invited to share their perspectives on EPR and their reasons why or why not they consider using the concept of Plastic Credits for their national approaches to combat pollution caused by packaging.


  • Peter Nitschke, Plastic Bank
  • Tam Phan, Yunus Environment Hub
  • Thierry Sanders, BVRio
  • Komal Sinha, rePurpose Global
  • Mira Nagy, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (moderator)