Curated Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion

The Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in the Circular Economy (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
14:00 – 15:00
Room 310

Moderator: Reid Lifset, Yale University

The European Commission has identified Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one of the key pillars on the way to a Circular Economy. This session will explore the views of different stakeholders with various backgrounds on the connection of EPR and Circular Economy respectively, and how certain tools could help to improve EPR to boost the circular economy approach. The audience will be motivated to share their points of view to actively discuss with the speakers.


EU Policy Context for the Circular Economy

Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, EXPRA

Joachim Quoden

Joachim Quoden studied law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995. In between these placements, he spent four months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment, where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance. From February 1993 until June 2006, Mr. Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003. In January 2001, he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organization of 35 packaging recovery organizations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organization. In April 2013, he was appointed as managing director of EXPRA—Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance—Inspiring Packaging Recycling, a new alliance of currently 25 non-profit packaging recovery organizations owned by obliged industry from 23 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel. In addition, since June 1995 he has worked as an independent German lawyer specialized in international extended producer responsibility legislation. In October 2013, he was appointed as Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues, and therefore is a member of ISWA&rsquuo;s Scientific and Technical Committee. He also is member of the Advisory Panel of the Global Product Stewardship Council (Sydney), member of the Advisory Council of the Product Stewardship Institute (Boston) and member of the OECD EPR expert group. He was also an expert of the ISO global standardization project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimization, recycling, reuse and energy recovery.

The Transition to the Circular Economy in the US: A US Case Study

Garth Hickle, Independent Consultant, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Garth Hickle

Garth Hickle is an independent consultant with an emphasis on environmental product policy and the circular economy. Previously, he led the product stewardship program for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He currently serves as a Board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Electronics Recycling Initiative (SERI). He is also a senior lecturer and visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota. He has published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation and Recycling and Business Strategy and the Environment among others. Garth holds a Master&rsquuo;s degree in environmental law (MSEL) from Vermont Law School and a Ph.D. in industrial ecology and sustainability from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

EU Circular Economy Package and Extended Producer Responsibility: The Local Authorities’ Point of View

Weine Wiqvist, Managing Director, Avfall Sverige, Sweden

Weine Wiqvist

Weine Wiqvist is CEO of the Swedish Association of Waste Management. He is an expert and policymaker in the field of waste management and recycling. He is an advisor to the Swedish government and president of Municipal Waste Europe, as well as vice-president of CEWEP (Confederation of European Energy from Waste Plants). Mr. Wiqvist also serves as treasurer and Board member of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association). He is a former Attaché of Science and Technology at the Swedish Consulate in Los Angeles. His management experience comes from public sector waste management companies, the Swedish EPA and consultancy. He holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, and a Master’s degree in business administration from Lund University.

Do Modulated Fees Help to Move into a Circular Economy?

Maarten Dubois, Senior Manager, Cleantech & Sustainability, Ernst & Young, Belgium

Maarten Dubois

Maarten Dubois is senior manager at EY (Ernst & Young). He advises governments worldwide on policy instruments for waste and materials. In addition, he helps companies and sector federations to set up their strategy with respect to the circular economy. Mr. Dubois is author of OECD reports on the circular economy and extended producer responsibility. He published in highly ranked academic journals such as Waste Management, Waste Management & Research, Industrial Ecology and Environmental & Resource Economics. His Ph.d. degree concerned economic policy instruments for waste management in Europe. His prior education includes a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Aarhus University and a Master’s degree in commercial engineering from Antwerp University. He received a Publication Award from ISWA in 2014 for authoring the “Handbook of Recycling.”