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Global Packaging EPR Developments – How EPR Fees Impact Packaging Design And Corporate Sustainability

Date - 29 October 2020 (Online Workshop)

Time - 1.30pm-4:30pm GMT / 2.30pm-5.30pm CET / 8.30-12.30 EST

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If you are a brand owner, retailer and/or manufacturer of packaging and products, you are impacted by Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fees and/or taxes. Book early as this workshop sold out in 2019!

This masterclass will take a closer look at what extended producer responsibility schemes in different parts of the world truly cost – including programmes in Canada, Asia and Europe. It will evaluate what these programmes cost on a per capita basis and how they have changed as new policies are introduced, including the revised Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive in Europe and movements to full EPR in parts of Canada.

Fees are altering as new studies arise that require the actual costs of recycling different materials to be incorporated into EPR schemes. There are also movements to add more eco-modulating fees that give producers credit for using recycled content and penalties for disruptive packaging designs. Such fees also highlight the requirement to understand what is considered “recyclable” in each country. Modified fees send signals to producers about packaging design, and this session will discuss why companies must have an in-depth understanding of fees in order to integrate them into the cost of goods and reflect them in their design protocol.

Attendees will also learn about tools that are available to help companies measure their sustainability goals (i.e. EMF reporting). The workshop will exemplify how these tools allow companies to use data from fee reports to automatically calculate both internal and external sustainability metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, recycled content percentages, packaging-to-product ratios and more.

Significant legislative changes occurred in the beginning of 2019 in this area, especially in Europe and Canada, and this masterclass will address how these changes will affect the global environmental packaging industry moving forward.

Agenda to cover:

  • Investigating the true cost of packaging EPR on a per capita basis
  • How the Rise of Eco-Modulation Fees Impact Packaging Design
  • How major changes in worldwide EPR programs affect the global environmental packaging industry moving forward