Welcome from the GlobalPSC President

On July 2-3, hundreds of product stewardship professionals will converge in Paris at the International Stewardship Forum. I invite you to join us as we deepen our collective commitment to reduce the resources we consume, return materials to the circular economy, and minimize our impact on the environment, all while rejuvenating the local and international economies. With more than 400 extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs operating worldwide for nearly 20 types of products, the Forum will forge strong relationships between product stewardship professionals around the globe from government, industry, nonprofits, academia, and other sectors. Each of us plays a critical role in developing the circular economy, and we can learn from each other. Whether you operate in a nation with decades of product stewardship experience or you are starting fresh in an emerging economy, this year’s Forum is an unparalleled opportunity to share best practices for product take-back programs, discuss common challenges, and identify business opportunities. This global event is a unique collaboration between the Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) and DASTRI, a French producer responsibility organization, and promises a distinctly European flavor. The event will build on the success of last year’s inaugural conference in Australia. Special thanks to the GlobalPSC’s Russ Martin and DASTRI’s Laurence Bouret for their outstanding effort to make the Forum a success. It is our vision that the International Stewardship Forum will take place in a different region of the world each year, highlighting that region’s EPR successes and challenges, while further expanding and strengthening our global network.

I hope to hear your voice at our discussions in Paris this summer! more about sydney 2018

Scott Cassel

President of the Global Product Stewardship Council and CEO and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.

United States
Scott Cassel
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute, United States; President of the Global Product Stewardship Council

Scott Cassel has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience with more than 20 product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint.

As PSI's CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.

Steering committee

Laurence Bouret

Laurence is managing DASTRI a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) financed by the Health industry

Laurence Bouret

Laurence BOURET is a waste management expert for 15 years.

She started her career in the public sector before joining the car industry. She dedicated 5 years to her children before developing along with Jacques PELISSARD, former MP and former President of the French Mayor’s Association, the first national resource center for waste management.

Since 2013 she manages a unique and peculiar not-for-profit Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) called DASTRI. Financed by the health industry and approved by 3 Ministries, DASTRI is a network of 18000 collection points offering to homecare patients a safe solution for their sharps.

She is also a member of the French National Commission for EPR programs and has engaged a long term and collaborative thinking with stakeholders, about the future of EPR programs dealing with health products and facing challenges such as the move toward ambulatory care or the development of connected medical devices.

Russ Martin

Russ is managing GloblalPSC, facilitating the implementation of effective product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes globally

Russ Martin

Russ Martin is Chief Executive Officer of the GlobalPSC and Director of Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2), an Australia-based consultancy.

Russ has over 28 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. In 2015, Russ won the Global Green Future Leadership Award from the World CSR Congress.

Russ served as the Independent Chair of the Battery Implementation Working Group to lead development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia. Russ was appointed by the Australian Government to the Product Stewardship Framework Legislation Stakeholder Reference Group and testified before the Australian Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on the Product Stewardship Bill 2011.

Russ was also appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, which provided advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and served as the product stewardship technical lead on a stakeholder-led e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand.

From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida, to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.

Russ received his Bachelors degree in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Tampa and his Masters degree in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management from Florida State University.

Russ has delivered major presentations in China, Singapore, Belgium, Serbia, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on product stewardship and sustainability.

Guest of Honor 2019

Brune Poirson

Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Brune Poirson
Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Brune Poirson was born on September 1st, 1982 in Washington DC. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix (Institute of Political Studies), then at the London School of Economics and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

She began her career in England where she worked for Nesta, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, an international innovation foundation. She then pursued her career in innovation and development, first in India and then in the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD- French Development Agency), private (Veolia) and non-profit (Nesta) sectors.

Elected Member of Parliament for the 3rd constituency of Vaucluse on June 18, 2017, Brune Poirson was appointed Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition on June 21st, 2017.

Forum Overview

Exclusive invitation only
4th of July
Chatham House
Expert / stakeholder workshop
08:45Press conference & Welcome coffee
09:30Introduction : “EPR as a driver for environment & health“
Agnès BUZYN – French Minister for Health or her representative
09:50GlobalPSC welcome - Scottt Cassel (VIDEO) & Opening and pratical aspects - Laurence Bouret & Russ Martin
SESSION 1 : From theory to reality

How and for what reasons did the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) emerge more than 20 years ago? What’s the situation worldwide ? Questions that our speakers will answer in this session, with a focus on health products being consistent with EPR but focusing on public health and safety rather than the traditional emphasis on recycling and material recovery.

Facilitator : Delphine Buisson
10:00 The concept EPR & Product Stewardship Fundamentals & general overview - Thomas Lindhqvist, Lund University (SE)
- Peter Börkey, OECD
10:15 The situation worldwide - Europe
- Australia & New Zealand
- Asia (Israël,China & India)
- South (Chile, Brazil) & North (Canada, US) America
- Africa (Algeria, Comoros Islands)
- Françoise Bonnet, ACR+ (EU)
- Russ Martin, GlobalPSC (AU)
- Keli Yu, China Ress.Recycling Ass. (CN)
- Noa Shpitzer Mizrachi, Env. Ministry EPR Dpt (IL)
- Patricia Iglecias, CETESB (BR)
- Kristin Aldred Cheek, PSI (US)
- Guillermo González Caballero, Env. Ministry Circular eco (CL)
- Meegan Armstrong, Env. Ministry BC (CAN)
- Fatma Zora Barca, Env. Ministry AND (DZ)
- Said Maoulana Mohamed, Foreign Affairs (KM)
11:30 Focus on health products - Generak overview
- Unused Medicine, France
- Sharps, California
- Sonia Roschnik, NHS (UK)
- Thierry Moreau-Defarges, Cyclamed(FR)
- Heidi Sanborn, NSAC (US)
12:00 ITW vidéo : Alain Fouray

If health and safety are central for drugs and medical devices, patients as citizens also have environmental expectations. As a consequence, recent development at different geographical level and in different fields of the regulation and standardization have opened the way to circular economy for these products. Even if there are still obstacles to be overcome!

Facilitator : Delphine Buisson
12:05 Health & waste hierarchy The sharps container business case VIDEO: Patients expectations
- Reduce
- Reuse (Video)
- Recycle
- Elaine Schalk Mayhall, FDA (US) (Vidéo) & Terry Grimond, Grimmond and Associate (AU)
- Sébastien Malengeau, France Expérimentation (FR)
- Sébastien Gorecki, DGS (FR)

Some innovations have significantly improved patients' lives. But because regulation is not always ready to address it, experimentation might be the best way to offer services to patients by testing solutions before changing the law. In the following business case barriers and conflicts between environment and health are being overcome. More than 2 million batteries have been recycled over a year.

12:35 Innovation & regulation:
The innovative devices business case
- Patients' impatience
- Managing the risk
- Key pharmacies
- Video : tailored tech. solutions
- Claude Chaumeil, Diabetes Federation (FR)
- Dr. Fabien Squinazi, HCSP (FR)
- Paul Gelbart, USPO (FR)
- Jost Wicki, ALMETA (CH)
13:05 Lunch & Network

Are companies ready to play an environmental and social role in our societies as consumer expectations increase? This might be the major challenge for companies over the next decades. This session will try to explore the perception of EPR & PS among stakeholders such as investors and how companies can link EPR and business focusing on value rather than cost. Illustration with the Health beacon business case trying to improve patient adherence based on waste.

Facilitator : Thierry Guerrier
14:15 Introduction Responsible capitalism - Stanislas Pottier, Amundi (FR)
14:25 Waste as a link of the value chain - Value based approach - Jean Yves Le Coq, GSK & Laurence Bouret DASTRI(FR)
- Fiona Adshead, Substainable HC Coalition (UK)
- Jim Joyce, HealthBeacon (IE)
- Cedric Allies, Primum & François Gracia, CHU Montpellier & Florestan Ganizate Groupe Santé Cite (FR)
14:45 Health Focus - Substainibility reporting
- Business opportunity
- Anna Krotova, GRI (NL)
- Arnaud Humbert Droz, Valdélia & Anthony Boulay, Steelcase (FR)
- Fabrice Bonnifet, Bouygues membre C3D (FR)

The recycling of plastics has become a global issue; all countries are confronted with it and all the major international institutions have seized upon it. Units using a new approach to plastics recycling based on polymer research are likely to emerge in in the next 3 to 5 years. Are we going towards a new plastic economy? This session will explore how EPR can contribute to this evolution and to circular economy while facing challenges such as micro plastics

Facilitator : Thierry Guerrier
15:15 Introduction The New Plastics Economy Global & Canadian Commitment - Doug Woodring, Ocean Recovery Alliance (HK)
- Andrew Doi, Metro Vancouver (CAN)
15:25 Packaging, Medical & EEE plastics - Plastic neutrality
- Circular for zero
- Yves Steffen, NOVARTIS (CH)& Delphine Pernot, ADELPHE (FR)
- Christina Fabricius Jessen, NOVO NORDISK (DK)
- Keli Yu, China Resources Recycling Ass.(CN)
16:10 Textile un carpets and cigarettes - First Stewardship bill on carpet
- EPR and cigarettes butts
- Heidi Sanborn, NSAC (US) & Maria Sandrini, Aquifil (IT)
- Marteen Dubois EY (BE)
16:45 Conclusion & Introduction to Day 2
18:30 Running in Paris organised by
08:30Welcome coffee
09:00Introduction : “ EPR as a driver for circular economy “
Brune POIRSON – French Minister for circular economy & Vice-president for UN Assembly for environment

“Opportunities and challenges of EU Circular economy package“
Kestutis SADAUSKAS, Director, Green economy, European Commission

EPR was intended to shift physical and financial responsibility of products’ life-cycle costs to producers in order to foster activities such as design for environment. How well has EPR delivered this outcome? Where has EPR performed well, and what costs are associated with this performance? What are the factors that affect program costs and effectiveness?

Facilitator : Thierry Watelet
09:30 Main EPR achievements - European state of the art
- US Paint programs
- KPI & performance
- Focus on Eco design
- Françoise Bonnet, ACR+ (EU)
- Kristin Aldred Cheek, PSI (US)
- Peter Binnemans, Eucobat (EU)
- Florence de Mengin Fondragon, Valdelia (FR)
- GSK (FR)
10:15 Economic & legal drivers of performance Co-facilitatpr :
Chris van Rossem, CSSA (CAN)

- Impact of fee modularity / voluntary programs
- Peter Börkey, OECD
- Franck Aggeri, Mines Paris Tech (FR)
- Wolfgang Ringel, TOMRA (DE)
- Valérie Gourves, FCBA (FR)
- Richard Henderson, GSK (UK)
- Juan Manuel Banez Romero, Mars (SP)
11:00 ITW William Amor - "Les tulipes messagères"

The majority of EPR and product stewardship schemes have a regulatory underpinning to help minimise ‘free riders’ that benefit from having systems in place without paying their fair share. Addressing free riders can help to minimise costs to responsible producers. However, regulation does not guarantee that free riders are effectively captured. This session explores a range of measures available to address free riders while reinforcing the value of maintaining high standards for participants in EPR and product stewardship.

Facilitator : Thierry Watelet
11:05 Consistent standards of quality & reporting - WEEE LABEX
- National / European register
- Pascal Leroy, WEEE Forum (EU)
- Michelle Carvell, Lorax Compliance (UK)
- Mark Dempsey, HP (UK)
- Julien Bouzenot, Rudologia (FR)
11:50 Free riders' impact on EPR model - Chair : Peter Börkey, OECD

- Online selling
- Pascal Leroy, WEEE forum (BE)
- Joachim Quoden, EXPRA (DE)
- Marc Guiraud, EucoLight (BE)
12:35 Déjeuner & Réseautage

The long and varied history of implementing EPR and product stewardship approaches across different projects in varying jurisdictions provides a wealth of insights for those now considering EPR. This session deals with practical factors affecting EPR performance, including formalization, competition, governance and stakeholder outreach and engagement.

Facilitator : Thierry Watelet
13:35 An inclusive model for the informal sector - Introduction & fundamentals
- Waste pickers in Chile
- Thomas Lindhqvist, Université de Lund (SE)
- Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Valoryza (CL)
14:00 Communication & population adherence - Citizen workshop
- Best pratices
(10 countries)
- Changing behavior through design
- National multi products campaign
- Isabelle Gulphe-Lachaud, BVA Opinion & Séverine Lebre-Badré CITEO (FR)
- Monika Romenska, EXPRA (BG)
- Kristin Aldred Cheek, PSI (US)
14:45 How to choose an EPR model? - Competition vs single PROs in Europe (for batteries)
- Governance
- NOT vs FOR profit programs

- Noa Shpitzer Mizrachi, Env. Ministry EPR Dpt (IL)
- Fatma Zora Barca, Env. Ministry AND (DZ)
- Peter Binnemans, Eucobat (EU)
- Christophe Pautrat, ERP (FR)
- Mark Dempsey, HP (UK)

The characteristics of island territories significantly impact the implementation of EPR policies. Energy dependence, saturation or lack of treatment or outlet facilities, small market size… topics that our experts will address by proposing new or innovative solutions. In particular in the form of interregional cooperation.

Facilitator : Thierry Watelet
15:30 Waste transfer & Energy dependance - The Indian Ocean & Caribbean platform, a multi product approach
- Responsible shipping
- Christiane Albert, SICR (FR) & Christelle Diochot, C2D (FR)
- Michel Pery, Neoline (FR)
- Said Maoulana Mohamed, Foreign Affairs (KM)
- Nicolas Imbert, Green Cross (FR)
16:15 Circular economy - François Michel Lambert, Institut Economie Circulaire (FR)
- Stéphanie Kerbarh, Député de Seine-Maritime (FR)
- Thomas Fraineux, Provence TLC(FR) & Alain Claudot, ECO TLC (FR)
16:45 Conclusion : What future for EPR & product stewardship ?
Hugo Viel, Climates for change
Jacques Vernier, CFREP

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Speakers include


Director for the Green Economy European Commission’s

Director for the Green Economy European Commission’s

Kęstutis Sadauskas is a Lithuanian national. He holds Master degrees from Vilnius University in Political Science/International Relations and Geography.

From 1993 until 2006 he worked at the Lithuanian Foreign Service on multilateral issues. In September 2006 Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius.

From April 2010 until October 2014 he was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Audit, and Statistics.

From November 2014 Kęstutis Sadauskas has been the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth at the DG Environment of the European Commission.


Director at Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care

Director at Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care

Sonia Roschnik is Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for the NHS and wider health sector in England. She has worked in health and social care internationally for 30 years as a clinician, in senior hospital management and in sustainability. She is committed to the transformations needed for a sustainable and healthy planet for all.

Sonia trained as an occupational therapist and worked for 12 years in various specialities in Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. She led a first project in integrated pathways of care in Glasgow and has since always been interested in working across boundaries and driving system change.

At Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust she first worked as Head of the Occupational Therapy Department before delivering corporate projects including leading the project management of a £85M PFI building across the Trust, Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council. She was Deputy Director of Operations for four years delivering improved patient care pathways and processes.

Sonia was appointed Head of the SDU when it was first created in 2008 delivering both the Carbon Reduction Strategy for the NHS and the Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, public health and social care in England. Sonia then spent two and half years based in Abu Dhabi working as sustainable health advisor for international agencies whilst completing a Masters degree in Systems Thinking.

Thomas Lindhqvist

Senior lecturer at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Thomas Lindhqvist
Senior lecturer at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIEC)

Thomas Lindhqvist has been researching waste minimisation and recycling policies, as well as other product-oriented environmental policies, for almost thirty-five years. He was the first to propose the extended producer responsibility principle and coined the concept of environmental product declarations. For the EPR development he proposed at an early stage the division of responsibilities in types, such as financial, physical and informative. He has worked in projects for various national and international research agencies, as well as, industry, authorities and NGOs. With the car industry he and his colleagues developed in early 1990s the first detailed proposal for a system with Individual Producer Responsibility.

Thomas has a Bachelor in Business Administration, a Bachelor in Languages, a Master in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa at "Georghi Asachi" Technical University in Iasi in 2005. He was part of founding the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, where he is today Associate Professor.

He was IIIEE's Director for Masters Education during a period of five years from the initiation of the first Programme and then Director for the PhD Programme during more than ten years. He has supervised 22 Doctoral students who have graduated. He has on a regular basis been teaching at several universities in Sweden, Argentina, France, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.

Noa Shpitzer-Mizrachi

Director of the EPR Division of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection

Noa Shpitzer-Mizrachi
Director of EPR Division, Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection

Noa Shpitzer-Mizrachi is the Director of the EPR Division of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, since 2016. She Applies the laws of Beverage Containers (DRS), Tires, Packaging, WEEE and plastic bags.

Noa has held several roles in the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the past 20 years including the management of the Industry sector in the Air Pollution Prevention Division and the management of the producers sector in the EPR division.

Noa holds a B.A in Geology and Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and M.Sc in Public Policy from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva.

Peter Börkey

Principal Administrator, OECD Environment Directorate

Peter Börkey
Principal Administrator, OECD Environment Directorate

Peter Börkey has been working on international and local environmental policy issues for 25 years. For the past 20 years he has worked for the OECD, primarily on issues relating to water, business and environment, as well as infrastructure finance. He is now leading work on waste management, resource productivity and the circular economy at the OECD Environment Directorate.

Prior to this, Mr Börkey has been leading OECD’s cooperation with countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the area of water management, as well as work focusing on the financing of water supply and sanitation in developing countries more generally.

Before joining the OECD, Mr Börkey worked as a consultant, specialized in environmental economics. Mr Börkey holds degrees in Economics and Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and University of Grenoble in France.

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