How can EPR promote sustainable consumption and production?


The ECESP is pleased to share with you the issue paper assembling the key takeaways of the November 2022 event How can EPR promote sustainable consumption and production?

On 16 November 2022, ACR+ as Secretariat of the EPR Club (a platform for exchange and debate about EPR in Europe) co-organised an event with the EBCD intergroup and the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) on European Economic and Social Committee's premises. 

The event aimed to analyse not only the potential broader impact of EPR on producers (eco-design, including eco-modulation of fees, repair & reuse, new business models such as leasing, 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 issue paper aims to bring together the main outcomes of this event and the key takeaways. It also seeks to present the various issues arising for EPR schemes, now that the European institutions are working on initiatives such as the revision of the Waste Framework Directive, the proposal for a batteries regulation and the proposal for a packaging and packaging waste 

The panelists were:

  • Emmanuel Katrakis, member of the ECESP Coordination Group, Leadership Group on economic incentives
  • Franc Bogovič MEP
  • Cillian Lohan, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Peter Borkey, OECD
  • Mattia Pellegrini, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Pascal Leroy, WEEE Forum
  • Axel Darut, CITEO
  • Ioana Popescu, ECOS
  • Jean-Pierre Schweitzer, EEB, member of the ECESP Coordination Group
  • Elmar Willems, Circular Flanders
  • Isaac Peraire i Soler, Catalan Waste Agency.

How can EPR promote sustainable consumption and production?