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Extended Producer Responsibility as a Driver for 
Design Change. Edition No. 1 - Product Image

Extended Producer Responsibility as a Driver for Design Change. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1917226
  • October 2008
  • 232 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House

Policies based upon Extended Producer Responsibility
(EPR) aim to reduce the environmental impacts of
products by inducing design changes, by way of an
extension of producer’s responsibility. Since the
early 1990s, a number of countries have EPR-based
policies related to end-of-life management of
selected product groups. The incorporation of
incentive mechanisms for design change in an EPR
programme is, however, perceived to face various
challenges, especially for durable, complex
products. This book, published originally in 2004 as
a PhD thesis, presents two sets of in-depth
evaluation studies conducted in search of EPR
programmes which incorporate the theoretically
envisioned incentive mechanisms in practice. It
argues that the presence of mandatory EPR programmes
do provide positive impacts for the environmental
design strategies of manufacturers, especially when
implementation is based upon forms of so called
individual responsibility where individual producers
assume responsibility for the end-of-life management
of their own products. It highlights a range of
concrete implementation mechanisms for individual
responsibility and their essential components.

Naoko Tojo.
Naoko Tojo is Associate Professor on Environmental Product
Policy and Law at the International Institute for Industrial
Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. Her research
has been on the effectiveness of government policies -such as
those based on extended producer responsibility - in inducing
product-oriented eco innovation.

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