About Ignasi Puig Ventosa

Ignasi Puig Ventosa is head of projects at ENT Environment and Management and Fundació ENT in Barcelona. Previously, he has worked as environment advisor for the Spanish Parliament (Madrid) and as external researcher at the OECD (Paris). He is an industrial engineer, economist and holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences. His main research area is the use of market-based instruments related to environmental policy, with particular focus on municipal waste management. He has written several books on this topic, in addition to many technical and scientific papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

The Concept of Generalised Extended Producer Responsibility (GEPR)

The notion of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has been part of the waste policy for a long time, particularly within the OECD countries. According to the OECD, EPR “aims to make producers responsible for the environmental impacts of their products throughout the product chain, from design to the post-consumer phase” [1]. EPR alleviates the burden of Public Administrations for managing end-of-life products, while -if properly designed- incentivising waste prevention and recycling. Current Limitations of EPR After years of implementation it can be argued that Extended Producer Responsibility has not in fact been so extended. Several limitations are common: a) producer … Continue reading

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