Extended Producer Responsibility: Research on Implementation and Evolution

Reid Lifset


Reid Lifset is a Research Scientist and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology on the faculty of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed bi-monthly headquartered at and owned by Yale University and published by Wiley. In addition, he serves as the Associate Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program and the Yale Program on Solid Waste Policy. Mr. Lifset’s research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas and the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR). He is a member of the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE). He did his graduate work in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in management at Yale University.

Naoko Tojo

Lund University

Naoko Tojo is currently an associate professor in product-orientedenvironmental law and policy at the International Institute for IndustrialEnvironmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden. She has a BA in lawfrom Keio University, Japan (1994), and MSc in environmental management andpolicy (1999) and Ph. D in industrial environmental economics (2004) from LundUniversity. She evaluates and analysesproduct, recycling and waste policies in Europe and Asia and seeks for designand implementation of government interventions and other policy tools that effectivelyenhance upstream design changes/waste prevention. Policies based on extended producerresponsibility (EPR) are among the main focus of her research. While many ofher earlier works look into EPR systems for electrical and electronicequipment, over the last several years she has been leading/involved in variousprojects related to policies seeking to enhance the sustainability of textiles,looking at aspects such as waste prevention, chemicals in products,prolongation of useful life and the like. Her research has beenfinanced/commissioned by government bodies of various levels such as the EU,Nordic Council of Ministers, OECD, UNEP, Sweden, as well as prominent NGOgroups and industries. She has been teaching policy related courses since 2001,and has been the coordinator of one of the two international, interdisciplinaryMSc programmes run by the IIIEE since 2010.

Jooyoung Park

Universidad de los Andes

Jooyoung Park is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability at the School of Management, Universidad de los Andes. Her research broadly aims to understand the impact of socio-economic systems on the environment by analyzing the flows and metabolism of materials and underlying social, organizational, and institutional factors that govern them. Specifically, she has focused on three main topics: 1) technological innovations and business behaviors for a circular economy, 2) business collaborations and eco-industrial development, and 3) extended producer responsibility policy. Before joining Universidad de los Andes, she was a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has a Ph.D. in environmental studies from Yale University and Masters and Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea.

Tomohiro Tasaki

National Institute for Environmental Studies

Tomohiro TASAKI, Ph.D., head of the Sustainable Material Cycle Systems Section at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His academic background includes bothsystems engineering and policy science. His work is mainly focused on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) of waste and environmental product policy as well as circular economy. He has been applying the methodologies of material flow analysis and policy comparison to evaluate and design recycling policy toward circular economy.

Garth Hickle

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Garth Hickle is an independent consultant with an emphasis on environmental product policy and the circular economy. Previously, he led the product stewardship program for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He currently serves as a board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Electronics Recycling Initiative (SERI). He is also a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota.  He has published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation and Recycling and Business Strategy and the Environment among others. Garth holds a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy strategy in which producers are made responsible for their products and/or packages at end of life. EPR is one of industrial ecology’s central policy... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Reid Lifset (Yale)
  2. Naoko Tojo (Lund University)
  3. Maria Elander (IVL)
  4. Haben Tekie (IVL)
  5. Jooyoung Park (Universidad de los Andes)
  6. Tomohiro Tasaki (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
  7. Tsunako Matsumoto (National Institute of Environmental Studies)
  8. Thomas Lindhqvist (IIIEE Lund University)
  9. Garth Hickle (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

Topic Areas

• Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials, , • Public policy and governance , • Circular economy


TS-15 » Special session: "Extended Producer Responsibility: Research on Implementation and Evolution" (13:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room F)

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