Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues (CESD) - Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

A concept goes global

Wed, Oct 18 2023
Europe/Berlin: 12:00 - 1:30pm
America/Sao_Paulo: 7:00 - 8:30am
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Wed, Nov 15 2023, Europe/Berlin: 12 - 1:30pm
Wed, Dec 6 2023, Europe/Berlin: 12 - 1:30pm
Wed, Jan 17 2024, Europe/Berlin: 12 - 1:30pm

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After the successful completion of the Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues (CESD) which took place in 2021 and 2022 (final report), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH launches a second set of dialogues on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). 

The CESD aim to nourish an exchange on how to advance the global circular economy agenda, focusing on selected priority issues

The CESD will:

  • comprise of 4 successive and interactive online dialogues + 1 public presentation of the outcomes
  • be multidisciplinary: dialogue participants include ca. 30 policy makers, businesses, representatives of civil society, academia, think tanks and international organisations
  • take place on 18 October, 15 November, 06 December, 17 January (12:00 – 13:30 CET), public presentation (tbd)


CESD: From Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to Ultimate Producer Responsibility (UPR): A Concept Goes Global

The first dialogue stream focuses on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as an environmental policy approach which makes producers responsible for the entire life cycle of their products put on the market, from their design until end of life including collection and recycling. Successful EPR schemes have been implemented in many countries covering a variety of products, such as packaging, electronics, batteries, textiles, vehicles and tires. However, current EPR structures do not address the second hand products and transborder trade. This is where Ultimate Producer Responsibility (UPR) comes into play. It expands the EPR concept by taking multiple cycles and border- crossing features as fundamental starting point into account. 



18 October 2023 

1st plenary session with break-out rooms: Participants will meet online for a first get-to-know to share expectations and to introduce their circular economy expertise and to dicuss the state of the art of EPR systems in their countries.

15 November 2023 

2nd plenary session with break-out rooms: Participants share promising approaches on how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Solutions and critical success factors related to EPR design will be explored.

6 December 2023 

3rd plenary session with break-out rooms: Participants engage in deep-dive discussion for implementation of potential tools, solutions and approaches for EPR strategy deployment.

17 January 2024

4th plenary session with break-out rooms: The groups will discuss the opportunities and limitations of EPR schemes from a behaviour angle. To what extent can EPR encourage producers, businesses and consumers to be more resource efficient?



Agenda - 6 December 2023


Time (CEST)

Input & Description

12:00 – 12:10

Welcome & Recap

12:10 – 12:35

Impulse inputs – EPR and alternative models

  • Magdolna Molnar, GIZ project “Environmental Protection Worldwide” and PhD candidate “Policies to support the lifetime extension of electronics in Europe at Brandenburg University of Technology – Deposit Return Systems
  • Charles Huang, Chairman and Founder of the Circular Taiwan Network – From EPR to Extended Circular Ownership (ECO)
  • Kaustubh Thapa, PhD, Transdisciplinary researcher – From EPR to UPR (Ultimate Producer Responsibility)


12:35 – 13:20

In-depth breakout room and plenary discussions

  • Behavioral change
  • Business and societal impacts and needs of EPR and system changes

13:25 – 13:30

Closing remarks & Next CESD sessions