Rethinking Extended Producer Responsibility from the Perspective of Circular Economy.

Rethinking Extended Producer Responsibility from the Perspective of Circular Economy.
Type: Webinar
Location: Online
Organizer: SCP Facility

When:  19 October 2022      I     Time:  14:00-17:00  (Bangkok Time)    I  Webinar Recording HERE


Extended Producer Responsibility (EPRis seen as a strategic approach that helps to bring materials, at the end of useful product life, back into consumption and production systemsFormulated in 1990 in Sweden by Thomas Lindqvist, it was intended to empower producers to deal with the end-of-life treatment of discarded products by, among other measures, focusing on the upstream measures, including product designThis was intended to ease waste management burden of governments.

In a view of growing interest towards EPR in Asia, the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility seeks to critically examine experiences of EPR application by looking at practices in a selected number of countries as well as through discussion with the expertsIt is done in order to arrive at better understanding of challenges for EPR to be effective for facilitating circular product design.

As such, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility initiated the projectRethinking Extended Producers Responsibility(EPRfrom the Perspective of Circular Economy (2022) and a report will be prepared as an output of this projectThe project has gathered experiences from India, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as, relevant learnings from Europe and countries globally.


This Pan-Asia webinar will provide an opportunity for all interested stakeholders in Asia and beyond to listen to the findings of the project and the conclusions of the group of researchers.


Expected results from the webinar are to spread the understanding of the challenges related to developing Extended Producer Responsibility based policies in the Asian contextA focus is on how EPR-based policies can contribute to societies based on circular economy visionsOn the ground experiences and challenges for EPR implementation will address the following points:

  • Roles and accountability of critical stakeholders
  • Capacity building of stakeholders
  • Development of collection systems including the role of local governments and producers
  • Existing or planned EPR rules
  • Establishment of correct costs of EPR compliance for producers
  • Enforcement challenges
  • Enhancing digitalization to enable circular economy
  • Informal sector integration

Targeted Participants

The webinar is addressed to a broad audience of people interested in Extended Producer Responsibility issues and policies to lower the environmental stress from the modern consumption society with a special focus on an audience working in and with Asian countriesThe webinar will pay special attention to the challenges of making EPR policies support a development towards a circular economy.


Dr. Thomas Lindhqvist, Associate Professor, IIIEE, Lund University

Thomas Lindhqvist worked with EPR and other product policies from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEEsince early 1990He has supported producers, governments, international organisations and NGOs to develop and implement EPR for various productsHe has a PhD from Lund University and worked as Associate Professor at IIIEE.





DrPanate Manomaivibool, Assistant Professor at Mae Fah Luang University

Panate Manomaivibool is a lecturer at the School of Science, Mae Fah Luang UniversityHe also heads a research center, Circular Economy for Waste-free Thailand (CEWT). He works with communities, local governments, companies and NGOs for workable zero-waste solutions to advance the circular economyDr.Panate holds a PhD from IIIEE, Lund University.



MrPranshu Singhal, Founder Karo Sambhav

Pranshu Singhal founded Karo Sambhav’ which designs and implements Circular solutions for multiple waste streams by collaborating with producers/brandsHe was recently conferred Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 India’ award by Schwab Foundation, a sister organization of WEFHe has worked as Director, Digital Learning for Microsoft and as Head, Sustainability for NokiaHe is an Aspen Fellow, a Ashoka Fellow, a Chevening Fellow, and an Aspire Circle FellowHe has a Masters from IIIEE, Sweden.


MrHun-Yang Soon, CEO Eco-Ideal Consulting SdnBhd.

Founder and CEO of Eco-Ideal Consulting in Malaysia, a company specialising in waste and carbon management in MalaysiaHun is a certified International Waste Manager (International Statusunder the International Solid Waste AssociationHe has 22 years of experiences in waste management consultancy, including EPR experiences in used tyre, e-waste and packaging waste in Malaysia.