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Deep Dive into European EPR: Sweden

13/02/2024 9:00 am - 11:00 am CET


Sweden is widely recognised as a pioneer in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a policy instrument designed to hold producers accountable for their packaging during the post-consumption phase of the product life cycle.

In the midst of a transitional phase, Sweden’s framework stands out as an intriguing example of both implemented and evolving EPR strategies for managing packaging waste.

The upcoming webinar will feature a keynote address by Professor Thomas Lindhqvist, the visionary who originally coined the term Extended Producer Responsibility. Professor Lindhqvist will provide a comprehensive overview, delving into the historical background of EPR and offering insights into the anticipated future role of this policy instrument in shaping the Circular Economy. His expertise promises to guide the audience through a nuanced understanding of the evolution and potential impact of EPR on sustainable waste management practices.

Webinar presentations

Event agenda

13 February 2024

9:00am-9:15amWelcome and introduction
Swedish EPR for packaging waste: System in transition
Anna Larsson, Director Circular Economy Development, Reloop
9:15am-10:00amKeynote presentation
Extended Producer Responsibility: Historic Background and Future Outlook
Prof. Thomas Lindhqvist
10:00am-10:30amQ&A Session

Event leader:

Anna Larsson

Director, Circular Economy Development, Reloop

About Anna

Anna’s career has been dedicated to international projects that target sustainable resource management, with ‘Best practice adopted to local conditions’ being her successful motto. With a double Polish-Swedish nationality, academic credentials from Poland and Norway, as well as professional experience from various countries, Anna uses her unparalleled knowledge to encourage strong belief in the ambitious policy instruments that keep consumers and economic stakeholders motivated to adopt Circular Economy principles.

Featured speakers:

Prof. Thomas Lindhqvist

Senior lecturer, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

About Thomas

A pioneer in sustainability, Dr. Thomas Lindhqvist is an Associate Professor at Lund University's International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE). Credited with creating the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the 1990s, Dr. Lindhqvist holds a PhD from Lund University. His strategic approach places producers at the forefront of a product's entire life cycle, emphasising responsible practices like returning, recycling, and final processing. Beyond academia, he actively supports governments, organisations, and NGOs in implementing EPR for various products.

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