The first Regional Capacity Building Online Workshop on Extended Producer Responsibility took place on 04 June 2021.
Workshop objectives, expected outputs and outcomes
The overall aim of the regional workshop was to facilitate a regional dialogue and information sharing on the status of the EPR in the partner countries, discuss main issues and bottlenecks in the implementation; and look at the mechanisms and solutions for a successful implementation of operational EPR schemes in the region.
The objectives of the regional workshop were to:
- present the findings of the EPR survey/questionnaire, identify and discuss common critical issues with EPR within the region; discuss policy choices and pragmatic elements of EPR;
- present and discuss the current best practices for the EPR schemes for packaging waste in 2-3 EU Member States; and
- discuss opportunities for the EPR system establishment in partner countries, including the benefits of a regional approach to EPR.
The event brought together around 100 participants from the Eastern Partnership countries, including representatives of relevant Ministries, local authorities, UNEP, international organizations, EU Delegations, private sector and CSOs.
The application of strategic approaches to waste management can assist in addressing countries’ overarching waste management challenges. To this end, within EU4Environment’s component 2.4 on “The use of strategic approaches on waste management” UNEP will support countries in promoting development of comprehensive sustainable waste management policies and policy instruments. More specifically, under Activity 2.4.2 Initiating/assisting the establishment of Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) schemes, UNEP will provide technical assistance to partner countries in the establishment of EPR schemes for the packaging waste streams. This will be achieved through the provision of advisory services and capacity development/trainings to policy makers, procurement practitioners, businesses and business associations, as well as NGOs and other stakeholders.