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Proposed Scheme Released for National Battery Product Stewardship Approach in Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:05 pm, March 7th, 2014Comments4

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) tasked with developing a national handheld battery product stewardship scheme for Australia has today released a discussion paper for consultation as well as a project communique on efforts to date. Consultation on the proposed scheme is open until 31 March.

Australian, state and territory governments have made product stewardship for handheld batteries a national priority and dedicated resources to the development of an appropriate scheme, including project funding and the establishment of the BIWG, with bipartisan support.

The discussion paper outlines a proposed voluntary, industry-led national Battery Product Stewardship Scheme (Scheme) for Australia, along with a number of options for the operation of the Scheme. The proposed Scheme would apply to all handheld batteries less than 5 kg, with the exception of embedded batteries, and comprise the following elements:

  • A Battery Stewardship Agreement that would provide a collective written commitment between stewards for developing, funding and implementing the Scheme.
  • A 5-year Strategic Plan to be developed jointly by the producer responsibility organisation (PRO) and stewards that would provide more detail for how the PRO and stewards will implement the Scheme in accordance with the Agreement.
  • Transparent annual reporting of performance against the Strategic Plan.
  • Importers seeking to meet the objectives of the Agreement through their own arrangement rather than through an industry-wide PRO would be expected to deliver a comparable Strategic Plan and annual reports to Stewards under the Agreement.

As a voluntary, industry-led national approach, the proposed Scheme is open to a broad range of stakeholders and has the benefits of simplicity of design, reduced barriers to participation and ease of understanding. The proposed Scheme would provide more immediate action with lower costs and greater certainty compared to immediate pursuit of a co-regulatory approach. Stakeholders that are already implementing collection programs or are likely to do so in the near future can be better recognised for their early action. A voluntary approach provides the flexibility to modify and improve the Scheme in order to improve performance and reduce costs, especially in the first few years of implementation.

It is envisaged that importers of handheld batteries would have primary financial responsibility for funding the Scheme, although it is recognised that other parties may make additional direct or in-kind contributions. Other parties may have roles as stewards, for example, by providing collection facilities at point-of-sale or at local council waste management sites. Options considered are provided in the discussion paper.

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members have been active throughout the process:

New Publication – Stewardship by Annalisa Casino

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:27 pm, February 27th, 2014Comments1

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Annalisa Casino, leader of GlobalPSC member Stewardship Italia, has just published a new book on stewardship. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin was invited to contribute the preface to the book.

This volume is the first Italian text on the subject and explores the application of the concept of stewardship through an overview of its main areas of application: from product stewardship to the function of stewardship adopted by the World Health Organization, from the standards of paper and marine certification to antibiotic stewardship and management. The study also presents a case study of the experiences of stewardship in areas such as ethics / caring, relational ethics and social innovation of the professions.

According to Annalisa, the “objective of this work is to reconstruct the history of a model that attempts to reconcile the differences between a corporate approach to an ethical, psychological, sociological and motivational approach”.

Published in Italian, Stewardship, policies and practices for ethical management of resources is available here.

Handheld Battery Product Stewardship Project Update

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:59 pm, January 29th, 2014Comments1

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) formed to support the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme for Australia has released their first project communique. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection leads the development of the scheme and provides Secretariat support for the BIWG. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin serves as the Independent Chair.

The BIWG comprises representation from:

Retailers, brand owners, battery manufacturers and other stakeholders have been invited to participate during the development of the scheme. The GlobalPSC has been active in the scheme’s development, including stakeholder consultations and gaining overseas perspectives from experts at Call2Recycle, Energizer and P&G. GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2 led the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship on behalf of SV.

The BIWG is developing a discussion paper on key issues for the design of the product stewardship scheme, including objectives, principles, scope, management, funding, targets and performance indicators. The first draft of this paper will be presented to jurisdictions and broader stakeholders 19 February in Canberra.

Business Case for Product Stewardship – Singapore Discussions

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:03 pm, November 25th, 2013Comments1

In early November 2013, representatives of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate member DHL Supply Chain met in Singapore to discuss the business case for product stewardship and potential opportunities in Singapore as well as the broader Asia Pacific region.

GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin began with a presentation on the GlobalPSC perspective on the business case and potential ramifications for Singapore. The presentation is now available for GlobalPSC members via the Knowledge Base, under the Frameworks and Harmonisation category.

Our special thanks to Kevin Bennett of DHL Supply Chain, who arranged the discussions.

Australian Chemical Notification Requirements and Broader Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:46 pm, November 25th, 2013Comments0

On 29 October 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin presented as part of a professional development course on Product Registration Requirements in Asia Pacific during the Asia Pacific OH Conference 2013 in Singapore. The conference was led by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and recently-formed Product Stewardship Society (PSS).

The presentation details Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which provides an integrated national approach for identifying and assessing industrial chemical entities (not products). Specific topics on NICNAS and product stewardship include:

  • development, context and current structure of NICNAS, including registration and assessment requirements;
  • overview of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS);
  • prioritisation and assessment of chemicals of concern under the new Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) process;
  • interaction with producer responsibility and notification requirements including the European Commission’s REACH requirements; and
  • interaction with other international counterparts.

The presentation is now available in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, under the Chemicals and Chemical Containers category.

Resource Recycling in Taiwan

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:38 pm, November 22nd, 2013Comments1

資源回收管理基金管理委員會
Resource Recycling Fund Management Board

In November 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin met with officials of the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan’s (EPAT) Resource Recycling Fund Management Board in Taipei. The presentation that served as the basis for discussions has been made available for members on the GlobalPSC Knowledge Base.

The presentation details the following for Taiwan:

  • Evolution of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) policy
  • Regulated recyclable waste (RRW)
  • Four in one system
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • Recycling fees
  • Green Differential Fee rate
  • Collection amounts

The presentation, in both English and Chinese, can be found under the Programs category in the Knowledge Base.

Australian Battery Stewardship Stakeholder Workshop Results

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:28 pm, August 30th, 2013Comments5

On 13 August 2013, battery stakeholders and government representatives met in Brisbane to discuss the development of a national battery product stewardship scheme for Australia. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), a GlobalPSC member, is the lead jurisdiction on batteries for Australia’s governments.

Workshop attendees considered four questions in relation to a scheme—

  1. the vision for the program;
  2. the scope (which types of batteries should be covered and why);
  3. the form of the scheme and;
  4. effectiveness of the program in addressing the public policy and business case considerations.

After opening comments and discussions with The Hon. Andrew Powell, Queensland’s Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, attendees were split into four groups to discuss each question separately. The groups then reported back and their responses were compiled. A summary of the workshop has been posted on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC Members.

(L-R: Dr Diana Wright, First Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities; Andrew Chesterman, Director-General, EHP; Fiona Proctor, Minister’s Media Advisor; The Hon. Andrew Powell, Minister for EHP; Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General, EHP; Bill Ford of Toshiba)

 

The GlobalPSC and its members have been active in the program’s development. GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2 led the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship on behalf of Australia’s Victorian Government. The report was circulated to attendees in advance of the workshop. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin, who was recently appointed as the independent chair of Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group, facilitated the workshop. The GlobalPSC also facilitated earlier discussions on battery product stewardship with one of our longest-standing government members, Sustainability Victoria, and the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative.

Global Packaging Stewardship Overview

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:30 pm, August 15th, 2013Comments0

 

 

 

In August 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin provided an overview of global packaging product stewardship and extended producer responsibility initiatives to the Australian Packaging Covenant Council. The report is now available on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

International developments in product stewardship and EPR for packaging and other products were examined to help provide context for discussions on their implications for packaging in Australia. Topics such as industry leadership, material ownership, increased application of EPR across a broader range of products, a focus on better understanding impacts on local government costs and resource savings and attempts to harmonise varying schemes to reduce costs were addressed, as well as their implications for packaging. Several key developments in packaging product stewardship in North America were discussed in detail, including British Columbia’s EPR for packaging and printed paper (PPP), industry-led efforts to address PPP EPR comprehensively in the US and the increased influence of litter and marine debris as drivers for packaging product stewardship programs. Relevant aspects of developments in Europe and elsewhere were also highlighted. Australian implications of these issues were then discussed, with an emphasis on policies and projects.

GlobalPSC Facilitating National Battery Product Stewardship for Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:31 pm, August 13th, 2013Comments4

Global Product Stewardship Council CEO Russ Martin has been appointed as the independent chair of Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group to help develop a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries.

Russ’s appointment builds on earlier efforts on batteries, including facilitating initial stakeholder discussions and leading the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship (report available here) on behalf of the Victorian Government by GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2.

Environment Ministers from Australia and New Zealand have agreed on the need to include end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint in the Standing Council on Environment and Water’s work plan.
The Australian Government has also identified handheld batteries as priority products potentially covered under Australia’s Product Stewardship Act. The GlobalPSC and several members serve on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group recommending products for consideration as priority products.

Australia Establishes Priority Products for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:46 pm, July 4th, 2013Comments12

Australia has released a priority list of products potentially covered under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act). The Act provides a framework for establishing voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory approaches for product stewardship. Under the Act, any future mandatory or co-regulatory approach must be preceded by 12 months notice before a particular product can have such a regulatory approach applied.

The designated products include:

  • Waste architectural and decorative paint
  • End-of-life handheld batteries (less than 2kg in weight)
  • Packaging (and subsets of packaging, such as consumer packaging and beverage packaging)
  • End-of-life air conditioners with small gas charges
  • End-of-life refrigerators with small gas charges

The reasons given for their inclusion on the list are available here. In April 2013, Environment Ministers from Australia and New Zealand acting as the  Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) added end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint to their work plan. Preparation of a Decision Regulation Impact Statement is also underway for packaging.

Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, sought advice from a range of sources including the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, the SCEW, jurisdictional priorities, industry stakeholders, and international obligations in determining the list.

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members serving on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group include:

The GlobalPSC has been working closely with the Australian Government and jurisdictions to draw upon international experience and expertise to further develop sensible, practical product stewardship approaches.

 

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