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Towards a Resource Efficient Europe


18 Mar 2014 12:00 to 14:00


Bd Charlemagne 1
1040  Brussels

Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

Federations / Associations


Sustainable Dev.

Event Location

EPR for packaging waste - success factors moving forward

Event Description

The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.

This stakeholder conference will draw success factors of EPR for packaging waste with the aim to clarify EPR and the role of obliged industry and other key stakeholders working together towards more transparent and cost-effective EPR schemes.

Each panel will include 25 to 30 minutes Q&A. 

Keynote address by Karl Falkenberg – Director-General,

DG Environment, European Commission

Panel 1: Setting the scene - overall objectives for the EU waste review and the role of EPR towards a resource-efficient Europe.

  • MEP Elisabetta Gardini, European Parliament
  • Olivier De Clercq, Policy Officer Waste Management & Recycling, DG ENV
  • Stephane Arditi, Senior Policy Officer, European Environmental Bureau
  • Arne Campen, Environmental Analyst, Sony/DigitalEurope
  • Martin Reynolds, VP External and Regulatory Affairs, Crown Europe, EUROPEN Chairman

Panel 2: Role for the obliged industry in EPR for packaging waste

How does industry fulfil its EPR responsibility? How to cooperate with municipalities? What roles and responsibilities should be defined for other stakeholders?

  • Günther Langer, Chair of the Expert Group for Waste Management within VKU
  • William Vermeir, Managing Director, Fost Plus, Belgium
  • Vanya Veras, Secretary-General, Municipal Waste Europe
  • Hans van Bochove, Vice-President Public Affairs Europe, Coca-Cola Enterprises

Panel 3: Driving post-consumer packaging collection

What is post-consumer packaging? How to overcome barriers to drive post-consumer collection with EPR?

  • Helmut Schmitz, Head of Public Affairs, DSD, Germany
  • Begoña de Benito Fernandez, Director of Institutional Relations, Ecoembes, Spain
  • Francoise Bonnet, Secretary General, ACR+
  • Erika Mink, Global Director Environment Affairs, Tetra Pak International

Panel 4: Ensuring fair competition and performance of EPR schemes

What measures are needed to ensure effective and transparent EPR schemes?

  • Korrina Hegarty, Environment Policy Director, CECED
  • Hans Craen, Secretary General, European Portable Battery Association
  • Hon.Prof. Dr. Christoph Scharff, CEO, Altstoff Recycling AG, Austria
  • Simon Webb, Global Government Relations & Public Policy, P&G

Moderator:  Alex Puissant

Chair: Rick Zednik, CEO, EurActiv


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European Partnership for Democracy
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