Mr Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of EXPRA, was invited by UNEP to moderate the panel discussion: ‘Understanding the opportunities, barriers, and lessons learned from the perspectives of governments and business’, in conjunction with the launch of UNEP’s new global EPR project, funded by the Norwegian Retailers Environmental Fund (NREF).
The virtual event was organised as part of the partnership between the Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund (NREF) and UNEP to end plastics through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): a tool widely recognised as critical to increasing waste collection and recycling rates, encouraging more sustainable product design and promoting circularity. The objective of this partnership is to discuss the opportunities countries face in designing and implementing EPR, identify synergies and possibilities for international collaboration, and provide inspiration for the implementation of this new policy.
The objective is to discuss the opportunities countries face in designing and implementing EPR, identify synergies and possibilities for international collaboration and provide inspiration for the implementation of the tool. The project should enable UNEP to help countries implement EPR in the best possible way and to align other initiatives that are trying to achieve the same goal. UNEP is likely to follow the same approach as the EU project for the 6 Eastern countries, where it cooperates with EXPRA and Parpounas consulting.