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Today I’m bringing you SAP Responsible Design and Production, more precisely about France.

With SAP Responsible Design and Production, SAP supports you to manage fees related to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and product packaging taxes.

Companies in France need to report the weight of packaging materials of goods that are sold to CITEO as well as to Non-Governmental Organizations on the progress of voluntary agreements. There are awards for more sustainable packaging and penalties for less sustainable packaging due to an eco-modulation system.

How about the requirements?

Based on the annual number of Customer Sales Units (CSU) placed in the French market, where CSU is a unit of packaged product which a consumer can buy separately from others, there are different declaration requirements.

According to the type of declaration, you need to submit annual reports and pay contributions.

SAP Responsible Design and Production focuses on the declaration per CSU. This is the type of declaration you need to submit in case your company places more than 500,000 CSUs on the French market per year.

The Declaration per CSU

For the declaration per CSU, the contribution fees are calculated based on the weight and types of packaging materials and the number of packaging units that are part of your sales.

Depending on the reduction of packaging use, on the use of more recycling materials, and awareness-raising campaigns, companies might be awarded with different bonuses, or penalties otherwise. Find more information about the CITEO rating list for 2022 on their web page (

Does it mean your company has to declare all types of packaging?

Not really. There’s a list with some types of packaging that you don’t need to worry about adding to the declaration, such as:

  • Tertiary/transport packaging that is not supplied to households

  • Secondary packaging that is not supplied to households

  • Packaging elements belonging to a disposal group that contains at least 1 reusable packaging element

  • Reusable packaging elements that don’t belong to an disposal group

The power of the software

Now I hope you can understand the power of this software! Imagine a robot kitchen that does it all.  You simply put in the ingredients and in the end you have a meal ready to eat. In our case, you have a software that you fed data (your ingredients) into and SAP Responsible Design and Production Software (the kitchen) does it all for you. Imagine how much this simplifies and automates the manual reporting process.

The result of is a more accurate calculation of EPR fees, as you have all the detailed information about the packaging information in one place. Also, you are able to check the detail of the packaging composition data as well as materials and logistic data.

The report is divided in two parts:


CITEO file - part 1

CITEO file - part 2

The idea is to simplify and automate the reporting process as much as possible to help you to submit the declaration on time to the tax authorities. Not only that but also, you can manage costs of EPR fees through optimizing material choices for packaging and, on top of this, stay up-to-date with changing EPR reporting requirements with little to no implementation efforts.

Where to go to find out more

You can read more about the solution and its features at Declaration per CSU on the SAP Help Portal.

In the end, all we want is to help you with a more accurate calculation of EPR fees by providing detailed packaging information in one place. You can also check the packaging composition, the materials, and the logistic data.

Hope this helps you with an overview of this new SAP solution. Feel free to leave your questions, comments, and feedback in the space provided below.

See you next time,
Joao Lopes