Recently, there has been a noticeable surge in the adoption of diverse environmental taxes and levies aimed at promoting sustainability, especially in Europe.
An increasing number of countries are taking proactive steps in response to the issues of climate change in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution.
In addition to energy taxes and levies aimed at curbing CO2 emissions, there is a growing focus on implementing taxes to discourage the use of single-use plastic, a major contributor to pollution.
One notable approach being adopted is the implementation of extended producer liability systems. Such systems hold producers responsible for the end-of-life disposal of their products, encouraging them to design more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
In our webinar, we will examine current environmental initiatives in four prominent European countries:

  • Spain, which successfully implemented a tax on non-recyclable plastic packaging at the beginning of 2023.
  • Germany, which is introducing a single-use levy for manufacturers including a system of extended producer responsibility from 1 January 2024.
  • Italy, where the introduction of a tax on products of synthetic origin has been in the planning for three years, yet has again been postponed for an indefinite period of time.
  • France, where no separate plastic tax exists, but a system of extended producer liability has placed significant responsibilities on product manufacturers. 
  • United Kingdom, The Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) will replace the current Packaging Waste Regulations with a phased implementation from 2023. This is in addition to the Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) that came into force in the UK on 1 April 2022.

These taxes and duties have the potential to create substantial challenges for companies involved in the manufacturing, importing, selling, or use of these goods within the affected states.

You can register for the webinar via this link. The webinar will be held in English.

Organisator: Flick Gocke Schaumburg