The Global Product Stewardship Council

Delivering Resource-Efficient Products in Europe

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 3:22 pm, March 31st, 2015

The European Environment Bureau (EEB), a federation of environmental citizens’ organisations, has released a report on how ecodesign can drive a circular economy in Europe through resource-efficient products.

Drawing from a range of research, the report highlights some of the broader life-cycle and resource implications of products sold in Europe:

  • 40% of all the raw materials used in the EU were sourced elsewhere. For some raw material categories like metal ores, the import dependency is over 90% (Eurostat 2014).
  • Increasing resource productivity by 2% per year could create two million extra jobs in the EU by 2030 (European Commission 2014).
  • Stimulating economic activity in the areas of product development, remanufacturing and refurbishment would provide net material cost savings to EU manufacturing worth up to €410-490 billion per year by 2025 (Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2013).
  • Selected electrical and electronic devices placed on the EU market over one year cause the equivalent of 1,500 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over their lifecycle, equal to the entire energy production of the UK, Germany and Poland combined (EEB).

The report highlights three options that can be combined to reduce resource use in products:

  • identifying design requirements that support better repairability and durability of products;
  • ensuring that selected materials in products are managed carefully from production to end-of-life, including options to use high shares of recycled content and support their high-quality recyclability;
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  • removing problematic or hazardous substances undermining the potential for re-using material from products.

Since 2005, design decisions on many energy-using products have been regulated under the EU Ecodesign Directive, with a focus on reducing energy consumption during usage and little emphasis on resource use. The EEB report argues that the relative weight of greenhouse gas emissions embedded in products will grow when looking at a product’s emissions over its life-cycle, resulting in a gradual shift in the attention of policy-makers from the usage phase to the design and production phase of products.

 

Stakeholders Seek EPR in Nova Scotia

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 10:01 am, March 31st, 2015

Nova Scotia, one of the few Canadian provinces without substantial Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, has released a summary of stakeholder comments received on its discussion paper on potential solid waste regulations in the province.

Virtually every submission received commented on product stewardship, with an overwhelming majority supporting some form of product stewardship or EPR in Nova Scotia.

According to the government, submissions ‘frequently called for regulations that were not overly prescriptive but more outcome-driven, providing a level playing field with appropriate targets set in consultation with stakeholders’ and a ‘small minority either objected to EPR or wanted the province to conduct more study before moving forward’.

Comments also called for greater stakeholder involvement throughout the process and focused on a shared responsibility model in addition to calling for expanding product stewardship and EPR to a broader range of products.

The government called for comments from early May until 1 August 2014 for the public and industry, and until 30 September 2014 for municipalities. The GlobalPSC sought members’ views and consulted with the GlobalPSC Advisory Group in preparing a submission.

 

WasteMINZ Roundup 2015 – Sustainable Economies

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 12:03 pm, March 23rd, 2015

Logo Sustainable-economies-300x84On 23 and 24 April the WasteMINZ Roundup is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

WasteMINZ, a long-term GlobalPSC member, is the largest representative body of the waste and resource recovery sector in New Zealand. Formed in 1989, it is a membership-based organisation with over 1,000 members – from small operators through to councils and large companies.

The Roundup features a stream dedicated to ‘Progressing Product Stewardship’, where they will explore progress with product stewardship in New Zealand, the key factors in developing successful schemes as well as lessons learned from overseas implementation of product stewardship initiatives.

In addition to this the event features a number of high-profile keynote speakers including:

  • Mai Chen, What’s the regulatory risk? Why business should engage with Product Stewardship. Mai is Managing Partner of Chen Palmer. She is arguably New Zealand’s foremost public law specialist. Mai is a trusted advisor to public and private organisations in New Zealand and helps them navigate the complex regulatory environment.
  • Rod Oram, Intelligent economics – shedding light on green growth. Rod has more than 30 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He is a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.
  • Phil O’Reilly, The business case for product stewardship. Phil is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy group. Phil works with companies, organisations and decision makers, advocating for New Zealand’s success through sustainable economic growth.
  • Jacqueline Farman, Consumer insights driving smart sustainability decisions. Jacqueline is Chief Executive of Colmar Brunton, one of New Zealand’s leading market research organisations. Jacqueline is a quantitative specialist and has a passion for helping clients make great decisions based on the best possible data.

Book your spot now for this fantastic event, as Super Saver registration ends on 31 March. Through our partnership with WasteMINZ, GlobalPSC members can attend at WasteMINZ members’ rate. Click here for more information and to register your spot.

GlobalPSC News – February 2015

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 6:13 am, March 1st, 2015

Packaging Discussions Focus on Circular Economy, Free-riders and Competition

2015-02-24 20.30.36(L-R: Ullar Huik of ETO, Helmut Schmitz of Duales System Holding GmbH, Joacim Quoden of EXPRA and Seamus Clancy of Repak)

The GlobalPSC and several of our members addressed a range of packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship issues for packaging and printed paper in Brussels, Belgium, late February as part of the EPR Toolkit Seminar and Packaging Waste & Sustainability Forum.

Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)  and member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group, chaired the EPR Toolkit Seminar on 24 February. The seminar emphasised harmonising EPR rules and guidelines in Europe, learning from international experience (including lessons on Australia by GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin and Canada by Chris van Rossem of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance) and the roles of transparency and competition.

The roles of packaging and EPR in the Circular Economy and in ensuring transparency and accountability of producers were hot topics of discussion throughout the events, analysis of which will be made available to GlobalPSC members.
Calls for Handheld Battery EPR in Australia

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is calling for producer responsibility legislation for household batteries. ABRI has written to The Hon Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for the Environment, asking the government to investigate co-regulation (equivalent to extended producer responsibility, or EPR) for handheld batteries.

ABRI notes the varying levels of support for voluntary and regulatory approaches, plus the recent efforts of the U.S.-based Corporation for Battery Recycling (including three of the largest single-use battery manufacturers) to work with other stakeholders to develop the Model Consumer Battery Stewardship Act. A media release regarding ABRI’s effort is available here.

Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) was established in late 2013 to develop a framework for a national battery product stewardship approach. Environment Ministers had stated that their preference was for a voluntary approach. Handheld batteries had also been designated as priority products for product stewardship. Research commissioned by the BIWG shows a recycling rate of only 2.7 per cent. Background research and BIWG recommendations for a voluntary approach are available here.

“ABRI would have preferred to see a voluntary battery stewardship scheme established in Australia, but our focus is now on building an appropriate regulatory framework. We are confident that this can be done in a way that meets everyone’s needs,” Helen Lewis, ABRI’s CEO (and member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group) told the GlobalPSC.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

Packaging Discussions Focus on Circular Economy, Free-riders and Competition

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 6:06 am, March 1st, 2015

2015-02-24 20.30.36(L-R: Ullar Huik of ETO, Helmut Schmitz of Duales System Holding GmbH, Joacim Quoden of EXPRA and Seamus Clancy of Repak)

The GlobalPSC and several of our members addressed a range of packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship issues for packaging and printed paper in Brussels, Belgium, late February as part of the EPR Toolkit Seminar and Packaging Waste & Sustainability Forum.

Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)  and member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group, chaired the EPR Toolkit Seminar on 24 February. The seminar emphasised harmonising EPR rules and guidelines in Europe, learning from international experience (including lessons on Australia by GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin and Canada by Chris van Rossem of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance) and the roles of transparency and competition.

The roles of packaging and EPR in the Circular Economy and in ensuring transparency and accountability of producers were hot topics of discussion throughout the events, analysis of which will be made available to GlobalPSC members.

Calls for Handheld Battery EPR in Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 8:01 pm, February 9th, 2015

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is calling for producer responsibility legislation for household batteries. ABRI has written to The Hon Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for the Environment, asking the government to investigate co-regulation (equivalent to extended producer responsibility, or EPR) for handheld batteries.

ABRI notes the varying levels of support for voluntary and regulatory approaches, plus the recent efforts of the U.S.-based Corporation for Battery Recycling (including three of the largest single-use battery manufacturers) to work with other stakeholders to develop the Model Consumer Battery Stewardship Act. A media release regarding ABRI’s effort is available here.

Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) was established in late 2013 to develop a framework for a national battery product stewardship approach. Environment Ministers had stated that their preference was for a voluntary approach. Handheld batteries had also been designated as priority products for product stewardship. Research commissioned by the BIWG shows a recycling rate of only 2.7 per cent. Background research and BIWG recommendations for a voluntary approach are available here.

“ABRI would have preferred to see a voluntary battery stewardship scheme established in Australia, but our focus is now on building an appropriate regulatory framework. We are confident that this can be done in a way that meets everyone’s needs,” Helen Lewis, ABRI’s CEO (and member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group) told the GlobalPSC.

 

GlobalPSC News – January 2015

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 3:18 pm, February 1st, 2015

Looking back on 2014 and looking forward to 2015
2014 saw a range of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs being refined and rationalized, as well as a shift in some producers’ attitudes towards regulation.

Stewards’ efforts in Canada continue to help ensure more nationally consistent EPR schemes (EPRA for electronics and CSSA for packaging) that are intended to improve administrative efficiencies and create opportunities for reducing compliance costs. Another significant Canadian development has been the first proposed competitive stewardship organization for packaging and printed paper.

One issue that saw significant movement in 2014 is an increased willingness from certain producers to seek regulatory underpinnings (including EPR) that provide greater protection against free riders, such as model legislation in the US for batteries. Some producers however, such as US carpet producers, have taken steps to specifically oppose EPR. The GlobalPSC is tracking this issue closely and collaborating with our members and other interested parties to understand such issues and share insights (as in early November’s webinar on US and Australian developments for batteries).

Broader consideration of product stewardship as part of discussions on a circular economy may have taken a hit in 2014 when the European Commission withdrew its circular economy proposals. However, a range of related discussions are ongoing and we are likely to see proposals revisited in a year or so.

Early indications are that we are likely to see expanded electronics recycling programs in South America and Africa and a continues increase in assessment, regulation and reporting of chemicals worldwide.

As we enter 2015 and our fifth year of existence, the GlobalPSC has been reviewing our strategic approaches and working even more closely with our members to ensure mutual benefit. We now have over 60 GlobalPSC members spanning industries, governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels as well as others. These members have headquarters or facilities in 12 countries and operate globally. We have also exceeded 1,200 members in the GlobalPSC’s LinkedIn group.

One of our 2014 initiatives was to seek nominations from our members and establish the GlobalPSC Advisory Group, comprising internationally renowned experts on product stewardship and EPR programs and policies. The Advisory Group provided independent perspectives on GlobalPSC submissions to governments in Nova Scotia and New Zealand, and will regularly be consulted on GlobalPSC issues under consideration. With our recent appointment of two additional experts, the GlobalPSC Advisory Group now includes 11 members from 6 countries with expertise across a broad range of products and materials.

In late 2014, the GlobalPSC Executive Committee and CEO undertook a critical review across all of our activities to date and developed the GlobalPSC Vision, Mission and Goals to help guide our efforts. In consultation with the GlobalPSC Advisory Group and our members, a detailed strategic plan is also under development to help ensure value for GlobalPSC members and sustainable growth for our organization.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

Melissa Walsh Innes and Mark Kurschner Appointed to GlobalPSC Advisory Group

Posted by GlobalPSC in GlobalPSC Advisory Group at 9:50 am, January 31st, 2015

We are proud to announce the appointment of two esteemed colleagues, Melissa Walsh Innes and Mark Kurschner, to the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

The GlobalPSC and a number of our members have worked closely with Melissa and Mark over the years, and they bring a wealth of experience to these new roles on our Advisory Group.

As a legislator with the US state of Maine, Melissa was the sponsor of Maine’s first-in-the-nation Product Stewardship Framework Law of 2010, as well as the sponsor of a successful electronic recycling program expansion in 2011 (both enacted with unanimous bipartisan support). Melissa is the former deputy director for Recycling Reinvented, a US national nonprofit working to advance recycling policies to increase national recycling rates for packaging and printed paper. She is currently President of Innes & Company LLC, a US-based consultancy assisting clients around the globe in reaching their goals in the areas of product stewardship and sustainability.

Mark is the President of Product Care Association, a non-profit industry association that manages extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship programs across Canada and in the US. Product Care manages programs on behalf of its members and also as program manager for other stewardship organizations. Products and programs managed by Product Care include paint, lighting products, flammable liquids, pesticides, smoke alarms, as well as large and small appliances and outdoor power equipment. Product Care also worked with PaintCare to initiate the US Paint Recycling program and on January 1, 2015 launched the Washington State Mercury Containing Lamps program. Product Care also works with the US mattress industry for their product stewardship programs which also begin in 2015. Mark is a qualified lawyer and became the president of Product Care in 2002.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Orora Limited

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 9:13 am, January 30th, 2015

Orora Limited is a leader in innovative packaging solutions, employing 5,700 people across 115 sites in seven countries. Orora supplies a broad range of fibre, metal and glass packaging solutions, as well as packaging-related services including distribution and recycling. The team at Orora prides itself on innovation, working closely with its customers to deliver design and engineering services that ultimately improve the way people consume products in everyday life. Orora is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. 

GlobalPSC Member – National E-Waste Alliance

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 8:47 am, January 30th, 2015

Conceived in 2009 and incorporated in 2012, the National E-Waste Alliance (NEWA) exists to better enable Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to create financially viable, sustainable EWaste recycling businesses – and provide ongoing employment opportunities to their disabled staff.

While the emergence of EWaste recycling has provided many new employment opportunities for ADE’s, the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme presents a range of management challenges for many of these small social enterprises such as compliance and reporting, procurement, logistics, cost analysis, productivity and training.

NEWA helps ADE’s navigate accreditation requirements and regulations surrounding the EWaste sector, such as the Product Stewardship Act 2011.

With collective decades of experience in the EWaste and Recycling Sectors, NEWA has proven effective in facilitating the ADE’s practical day-to-day operations in a collaborative manner so that each site is fully optimized for commercial success in a way that recognizes the core values of the enterprise – the gainful employment of people with disability.

 

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