On 9 and 10 May, OECD with the support of EXPRA organized 2-day workshop in Paris on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes. The first day of the workshop focused on packaging, discussing important aspects such as fee modulation, impact of EPR on product design and recycling performance. Different cases were presented from OECD member countries including the United States, Chile, Belgium and emerging markets focusing on implementation, challenges and lessons learnt. One session was dedicated to the interplay between EPR and reducing plastic pollution in the environment through the recent UN Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

During the first day of the OECD – OCDE Workshop on Extended Producer Responsibility – New Insights and the Way Forward – held in Paris May 9-10, our Managing Director Joachim Quoden had the pleasure to participate in the panel discussion “Incentivizing Product Design through EPR – First Experiences with Fee Modulation” with Geneviève Dionne – Éco Entreprises Québec, Valentin Fournel – CITEO followed by another panel discussion with Eugénie Joltreau – RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE), Roeland Bracke – OVAM Belgium, Philippe Bonningue – L’Oréal.

This session provided a unique occasion to present the main opportunities and challenges of fee modulation worldwide, gathering in one place all the experiences accumulated in the different EPR systems where fee modulation has been applied.
The second day was firstly dedicated to the presentation of the forthcoming OECD report “new aspects of EPR: extending producer responsibility to additional product groups and challenges throughout the product life cycle”. Afterwards, participants had the chance to discuss the benefits and challenges of the eco-modulation, calculation methods for littering costs (from Germany, Belgium and UK) and finally the social and distributional aspects of EPR from both developing and developed countries’ point of view.
More info: https://www.oecd.org/environment/extended-producer-responsibility.htm