Communities of Practice

You would like to benefit from networks and exchange knowledge, experiences and techniques with practitioners from all over the world who share common aims, interests and challenges? Then join our Communities of Practice (CoP’s) and co-develop a shared repertoire of resources, or better yet a shared practice within the forums. Whether success stories, sudden challenges, or recurring issues: CoP’s are about learning from each other’s experiences, valuing collective competence, and ultimately creating new knowledge.

The export initiative brings together practitioners, policy makers, experts, and international think tanks from around the world. It is an excellent place to bring together policy steering options with local experience and develop effective and practicable solutions.

CoP EPR for Packaging

EPR for Packaging

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmentally oriented approach based on the polluter pays principle. EPR schemes bring about two significant improvements: first, they generate the necessary financial resources for the required infrastructure and technology (e.g. recycling plants). Second, EPR schemes incentivise better product design and are an essential element in the transition to a more circular economy. EPR schemes are currently being introduced or further developed in many countries. In doing so, legislators need to enact fair and applicable regulations and involve all stakeholders along the value chain and the recycling management sector. Let's share ideas and experiences on the key elements for successfully establishing an EPR system.


CoP Single-Use Plastic Prevention

Single-Use Plastic Prevention

The widespread use of single-use plastic (SUP) contributes significantly to pollution on land and in waters and seas. The introduction of circular economy principles in production and trade along the waste hierarchy (avoid, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, recover and dispose) can significantly reduce waste generation. Participants in this CoP are working to improve framework conditions, launch pilot projects and develop and disseminate new business models. Let's share ideas on how we can reduce single-use plastic waste, with a clear focus on upstream strategies to prevent and prepare for reuse.


CoP Organic Waste Management

Organic Waste Management

A large proportion of household waste around the world is organic waste. Properly treated, it can become valuable fertiliser or provide a carbon-neutral source of energy as biogas. Members of this community of practice are working together to implement and improve sustainable organic waste management. They are developing guidelines, standard operating procedures, and concepts for upscaling best practices. Let's exchange ideas on how to improve organic waste management.


CoP Clean Air

Clean Air

Air pollution is increasingly becoming a serious threat to human health and the environment. To improve air quality, emissions must be reduced in all relevant sectors, including transport and waste management. The members of this CoP are working on efficient measurement methods to monitor air quality and on the development and implementation of action plans to improve air quality. Let's exchange ideas on how to reduce air pollution.


CoP General


Global environmental and climate protection can only succeed if the legal, political and administrative framework conditions are in place and the necessary infrastructure has been established. The technical exchange between the members of this Knowledge Hub takes place in the theme-based CoPs. In this forum, general topics such as tools or methods are shared to promote suitable conditions for green technologies' successful and sustainable use.

Note: When registering to the Knowledge Hub for Green Technologies you are automatically member of the Community of Practice General.