Seminar on Economic Instruments and Waste Prevention

From 22 Novembre 2011 11:00 until 22 Novembre 2011 16:00

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The conference “Economic Instruments and Waste Prevention” was organized by Brussels Environment and the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) with the support of Fost Plus. This meeting was organized on the occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction (19-27 Nov. 2011). It provided the opportunity to evaluate the current situation on economic instruments implemented across Europe and their impact on waste prevention at the source. Key instruments such as « pay as you throw », eco-taxes, deposit schemes, buying cards or even the producers’ extended responsibility were discussed.

Date: Tuesday 22nd of November 2011, from 8h30 to 17h 

Place: Auditoire International, Boulevard Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels 

Languages: Simultaneous interpreting: French/Dutch/English.



Programme and Presentations

Below you will find the program for the event and links to the presentations made by the participants. 

8:30 Welcome and Registration

9:00 Introduction

  • B. Dewulf, Bruxelles Environnement, Belgique
  • Opening Speech - E. Huytebroeck, Brussels Minister for the Environment and Energy, Belgium

9:15 Session 1: General Perspectives on Waste Prevention and Economic Instruments

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 Session 2: What is the Impact on Waste Prevention of Economic Instruments Applied to Products?

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 3: What is the Impact of EPR (Extended Producer Responsability) type Instruments on Waste Prevention?

14:45 Session 4: What is the Impact of "Pay as you Throw" (PAYT) Systems on Waste Prevention?

15:45 Final Debate: What can we do in a City or a Region Concerning the use of Economic Instruments to Promote Waste Prevention ?

Moderator :O. De Clercq, ACR+, Belgium

Panel :

  • J. Ansorena, Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa, Spain  
  • J. Maartens, Delhaize Belgium – delegated by Retail forum, Belgium
  • P. Van Meerbeek, BRAL asbl (Brussels Council for the Environment), Belgium
  • P. Thonon, BECI (Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry), Belgium
  • H. de Beer, eco-adviser, Belgium
  • F. Radermaker, Cabinet Minister Huytebroeck, Belgium

17:15 Conclusions

  • J.-P. Hannequart, Brussels Environment, ACR+, Belgium

Useful document:

A Comparative Study on Economic Instruments Promoting Waste Prevention - Final Report to Bruxelles Environnement

Organised by:

     and    Logo EPR Club resized for ACR Web

With the support of: fostin

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