Online Training: Promoting Circular Economy for Electronics through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Approach
UNEP in partnership with the WEEE Forum and Erion organized the training event “Promoting Circular Economy for Electronics through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Approach” on the 14th and 15th of November 2022 under the project "Circular Economy approaches for the electronics sector in Nigeria". The event brought together UNEP, NESREA, EPRON, WEEE Forum, the Italian producer responsibility organisation, ERION, and the International Telecommunication Union, as well as policymakers and producers from more than 10 African countries.
The first session of the training “An introduction to EPR for electronics and the development of EPR for electronics in Nigeria” focused on the key elements of an EPR scheme for electronics, the European experience, and the development of EPR for electronics in African countries, especially in Nigeria. The second session “PRO operation and the practices in Italy and Nigeria” focused on key elements of PRO operation and the Nigerian and Italian experience. Through interactive discussion, the training event also addressed the questions from African stakeholders on EPR implementation and PRO operation.
The event led conversations regarding the stimulation of EPR development across Africa and hopes to have established a basis to encourage the advancement of current and new PROs on the continent.