The annual ACR+ General Assembly as we know it is back, after two editions behind our screens, under the guiding theme "Empowering the sustainable transition towards circularity.
New participative approaches for ACR+ cities and regions to lead the transition pathway." All ACR+ members are wholeheartedly invited to convene in Brussels for not one but two intense days including expert insights, lively debates, thematic discussion sessions, the EWWR Awards Ceremony, a culinary exploration, and above all a good mood at anytime.
- environmental protection
- External event
First panel - EPR principles as a tool to change our relationship with waste and products
Beyond existing measures and schemes, the application of EPR principles can facilitate systemic change in our approach to waste and products.
The first discussion panel will focus on how design and implementation of EPR policies should motivate producers to improve the design of their products and packaging, facilitating circular business models such as performance-based contracting, maintenance, reuse, recycling, cradle-to-cradle, sharing platforms.
Building on knowledge gained and lessons learnt from the consolidated experience of EPR on packaging, the panel will also address how EPR principles should be applied to more products and sectors, starting with the ones producing the most waste and litter, helping to achieve the result of motivating industries to continuously improve their products and processes and stimulating citizens to adopt more sustainable consumption behaviours.
Speakers: CITEO; ACR+; OECD working group on EPR; ECESP Leadership Group on Cities and Regions
Second panel - Cities and regions waste management policies : good practices and opportunities for the revision of the Waste Framework Directive.
To what extent would a reduction target on residual waste help the implementation of the Packaging Waste Directive? How to move towards waste prevention/sustainable packaging? EU EPR measures applied to packed products have demonstrated successes in increasing rates of collection and recycling, but further efforts should be made to meet circular economy objectives beyond recycling, meaning decreasing waste production.
The panel will discuss which policy options for a revision of the Waste Framework Directive could work to reach municipal and regional waste prevention objectives, and how EPR actors, including cities
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