State of play and possible future developments of the  Digital Product Passport (DPP) 

State of play and possible future developments of the  Digital Product Passport (DPP) 

State of play and possible future developments of the
Digital Product Passport (DPP)

A CIRPASS event in collaboration with the Product Information 4.0 and BatteryPass projects .
Online event, 5 March 2024, 09h30 – 17h30 CET  

Are you interested in how digitalisation can support the circular economy? With Digital Product Passports (DPP) expected to come into force by 2027, and gradually expanded to a wide scope of product groups, this event will contribute to your understanding of DPP deployment. 

The CIRPASS final public event will once again bring together European industries, policymakers, R&D centres, standardisation organisations, circular economy and sustainability actors and digital solution providers to learn more about the current state and possible future developments of the Digital Product Passport (DPP). 

The full-day online event will take place on Tuesday, 5 March 2024 from 9h30 to 17h30 CET. 

🔗 Register now > http://tinyurl.com/54jccc2k 

The focus of the event will be on critical issues still facing the DPP, exploring “Why, What, How, and When” aspects related to DPP development and future deployment. These discussions will be informed by presentations of CIRPASS project results, as well as those of two other participating projects, Product Information 4.0 and BatteryPass. 

Attendees will gain a wider understanding of the DPP’s current and future challenges and opportunities, as well as how these three projects are working together to inspire and contribute to the broader work of the EC on the DPP. There will be two discussion panels and opportunities will be given to the audience to ask questions and interact with EC personnel and DPP experts. 

CIRPASS is an EU-funded project that brings together 31 experienced partners to prepare the ground for the gradual piloting and deployment of the DPP, focusing on developing a roadmap for three value chains: electronics, batteries and textiles. 

Andreas Schneider at COP28

CIRPASS was present at COP28 in Dubai

On 11 December 2023, the CIRPASS project was represented at a podium discussion at COP28 in Dubai.

Under the headline The Role of Creative Arts and Industries in Sustainable Industrial Transformation, these discussions were hosted by Lisa Lang, Director Policy & EU Affairs Orchestrator at EIT Climate KIC,  and had the textile sector as a focus.

Andreas Schneider, CEO of Global Textile Scheme GmbH and a representative of CIRPASS, participated in the first of four podium discussions within COP28: Design, Digitalization and Sustainable Development.

Andreas considers that the main outcomes of Panel1 (where he participated) were:

  1. “The adaption of the necessary circular shift of the textile and fashion sector could be better, as the post-Covid market environment is more than challenging.”
  2. “We should bring more attention to the huge volume of micro-sized stakeholders, who have the least resources but more flexibility – but they need structured and funded training support for the upcoming transition processes.”  
  3. It is a positive fact, that ESPR sets the necessary guidelines for a transition to more sustainability and material circles, which otherwise wouldn’t come by itself.”
  4. “Politics and industry should collaborate more and learn more from each other by doing so.”
  5. “CIRPASS as an enablement project is a positive best practice for how such a joint venture could look like and how fruitful this can be.”

See the full panel discussion below 👇

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CIRPASS Representatives met with European Commission and Global Electronics Council to discuss Electronics Sustainability at Brussels Q&A Session

Representatives from the CIRPASS consortium participated in a Q&A session with the European Commission and the Global Electronics Council (GEC) on May 2 in Brussels.

The session included Ilias Iakovidis, William Neale, and Eva Funcken from the European Commission (EC), as well as Bob Mitchell, CEO of Global Electronics Council, and representatives from GS1, DIGITALEUROPE, SLR Consulting Limited, and Inno Energy.

 

Discussions focused on several topics related to the DPP on electronics, including Ecodesign criteria for electronics, potential targets for the circularity of electronics by 2030, and tentative timelines for when the Digital Product Passport (DPP) will apply to electronics.

The session also covered the upcoming report from the EC addressing the environmental dimension of sustainability. The CIRPASS consortium provided updates on the project and discussed how the DPP will contribute to moving towards a sustainable business model.

This Q&A session was a valuable opportunity for the CIRPASS consortium to engage with key stakeholders and ensure that the project aligns with the European Commission’s goals and priorities.

EU Commission consultation to identify Priority Products for first DPPs

European Commission consultation to identify Priority Products for first Digital Product Passports 

The European Commission seeks views on which product categories to address first. The preliminary proposed list of 20 products includes:

  • End-use products:
    • Textiles and Footwear; Furniture; Ceramic Products; Tires; Detergents; Bed Mattresses; Lubricants; Paints and Varnishes; Cosmetic Products; Toys; Fishing Nets and Gears; Absorbent Hygiene Products.
  • Intermediary products:
    • Iron and Steel; Non-Ferrous Metals; Aluminum; Chemicals; Plastic and Polymers; Paper, Pulp Paper and Boards; Glass. 

 You can now respond to this consultation up to the 25th of April 2023, using the link below 👇

https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13682-New-product-priorities-for-Ecodesign-for-Sustainable-Products_fr 

DPPs enter European law thanks to the Battery Regulation

Digital Product Passports enter European law thanks to the Battery Regulation

The concept of a cross-sectoral Digital Product Passport was officially mentioned for the first time in European legislation in the Proposal for Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) published on March 30, 2022, by the European Commission. This text is currently being examined by European Parliament and Council.

However, the concept of a Digital Product Passport for batteries was approved by Parliament and Council on December 9, 2022 through the adoption of the Battery Regulation. In this regulation, a number of characteristics for the DPP system are described, characteristics which should not only apply to the battery sector, but to all cross-sectoral DPPs.

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Battery Pass and CIRPASS workshop

Driving sustainability and circularity in the battery value chain through Digital Product Passports: Battery Pass and CIRPASS discuss opportunities for cooperation

Following on closely from the European Union’s announcement about a new regulation for more sustainable, circular and safe batteries (the so-called “Battery Regulation”), the partners from Battery Pass and CIRPASS met in Munich on 25 January to discuss opportunities for cooperation and alignment of their work. The two projects will play influential roles in shaping the implementation of the digital product passports required by the new legislation. It was agreed that further exchange between the projects would be beneficial, while each project will retain independence in terms of the recommendations and roadmaps it presents.

Digital Product Passports (DPPs) will be core tools for tracking and providing transparency on the responsible sourcing and carbon footprints of materials in batteries and other products, as well as for promoting circular economy by providing data for product durability, repair, reuse, and recyclability. They are further specified in the Proposal for Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulations (ESPR). The Battery Pass project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). It brings together partners from science and industry in order to compile comprehensive guidance for contents and technical design of Battery Passports, demonstrate them in a pilot and assess their potential value. CIRPASS is funded by the European Commission with the mandate to prepare the ground for the gradual deployment of cross-sectoral DPPs. Over the course of 18 months, the project’s 31 partners will work on the three sectors of batteries, electronics, and textiles.

In order for DPPs to achieve their environmental, societal and economic objectives, they must be practical to implement and align with existing legislative requirements, the ESPR, and reporting

approaches of industry across Europe and globally. CIRPASS has already identified more than 150 DPP-related initiatives and business pilot projects, which demonstrates the existing high levels of activity to develop digital data collection and exchange tools, as well as the urgent need for a common framework to reach DPP interoperability across sectors.

In this context, the joint Battery Pass and CIRPASS workshop enabled partners to clarify their project objectives, as well as to share their methodologies and progress made so far. Discussions highlighted important factors such as the need for: clear cross-sectoral definitions of DPP terminology based on international standards; joint understanding of appropriate unit levels for a DPP (i.e. series, models, products, components, etc.); as well as exchange on the key data reporting requirements that will drive sustainability and circularity. The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) and EIT InnoEnergy are involved in both projects and will therefore contribute to maintaining open lines of communication.

Both Battery Pass and CIRPASS welcome further engagement with stakeholders. More information on each project and its contact details can be found below.

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Digital Product Passport – Highlights from CIRPASS first public event

The CIRPASS first public event “Shaping the future of the Digital Product Passport” took place on 13 December 2022 with the aim to bring together European industries, policymakers, R&D centres, standardisation organisations, circular economy and sustainability consultancies, and digital solution providers to discuss the future development of the Digital Product Passport (DPP). The virtual event was followed live by almost 900 participants and had an interactive participation with more than 530 comments posted on the chat.  

During two dynamic hours, the event was hosted by Diem Tran from DIGITALEUROPE who, apart from conducting the event, also spoke about the stakeholders’ engagement activities and the ways to join the project’s activities.

The initial keynote speech was delivered by Ilias Iakovidis, Adviser for Societal Challenges & Green and Digital Transitions, DG CNECT and member of the European Commission, who shared some insights about the importance of the Digital Product Passport.

The overall NorthStar of DPP is addressing the sustainability of a product in a way it can increase its circularity. The overall narrative is addressing individual citizen consumer needs and social needs with less materials, with less natural resources.

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Ilias Iakovidis – European Commission

After the initial keynote speech, Carolynn Bernier, Cirpass’ Coordinator from CEA took the stage to explain in detail the project’s goals, talking about the CIRPASS’ impact on the future of the Digital Product Passport.

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Carolynn Bernier – Project Coordinator

Two interactive panel discussions, moderated by Vincenzo Renda from DIGITALEUROPE took place with speakers from the European Commission and the project consortium members who are leading different work streams and sectors.  

The discussions focused on the development of the Digital Product Passport (DPP), challenges and opportunities, the role of CIRPASS as well as the DPP prototypes for three key sectors electronics, batteries and textiles. The panels were followed by Q&A sessions with many relevant questions from the participants.

The first panel “Shaping the future of the Digital Product Passport” was composed by Michele Galatola – Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission; Holger Berg – Vice Director Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy; Marcello Colledani – Professor, Politecnico di Milano, and Marvin Boell – Project Manager, VDE. 

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Panel 1: Michele Galatola; Marvin Boell; Holger Berg; Marcello Colledani; Vincenzo Renda 

And the second panel “DPP prototypes in 3 sectors: Electronics, Batteries and Textiles” was composed by William Neale – Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission; Eduard Wagner – Project Manager, Fraunhofer IZM Berlin; Andreas Schneider – CEO, Global Textile Scheme, and Ilka von Dalwigk – EBA Policy Manager, EIT Inno Energy. 

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 Panel 2: Vincenzo Renda; William Neale; Andreas Schneider; Eduard Wagner; Ilka von Dalwigk 

A highlight of the event was the active engagement of the attendees during the event, showing great interest in the DPPs and the project. A list of frequently asked questions will be published later on the CIRPASS website based on these discussions.   

The recording of the event is available on CIRPASS’ YouTube channel

To stay updated on CIRPASS’ future activities, visit CIRPASS website, follow its social media channels Twitter and LinkedIn and subscribe to its newsletter

If you have any questions, contact CIRPASS at info@cirpassproject.eu.

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CIRPASS – Shaping the future of the Digital Product Passport

CIRPASS – Shaping the future of the Digital Product Passport”, will bring together European industries, policymakers, R&D centres, standardisation organisations, circular economy and sustainability consultancies, digital solution providers and more, to discuss the future development of the Digital Product Passport (DPP). 

Register now: https://tinyurl.com/34t393zm

🎤 The online live event takes place on Tuesday, 13 December between 10h30-12h30 CET, and will count with representatives of the CIRPASS – Digital Product Passport consortium to present to the public the project’s objectives and planned stakeholder engagement activities, as well as host an interactive panel discussion followed by Q&As. 

CIRPASS is an EU-funded project that brings together 30 experienced partners to prepare the ground for the gradual piloting and deployment of DPPs from 2023 onwards, focusing on developing a roadmap for prototypes in three value chains: electronics, batteries and textiles. 

Event’s Agenda (CET): 

10:30 – Welcome 

10:33 – Keynote speech by Ilias Iakovidis – Adviser for Societal Challenges & Green and Digital Transitions, DG CNECT, European Commission 

10:40 – Introduction to CIRPASS by Carolynn Bernier, Project Coordinator, CEA 

11:00 –   Panel 1: Shaping the future of the Digital Product Passport 

Speakers: 

  • Michele Galatola,  Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission 
  • Carolynn Bernier, Project Coordinator, CEA 
  • Eduard Wagner, Project Manager, Fraunhofer IZM Berlin 
  • Marcello Colledani, Professor, Politecnico di Milano  
  • Marvin Boell, Project Manager, VDE 

Q&A 

11:40 – Live polls + short break 

11:50 – Panel 2: DPP prototypes in 3 sectors: Electronics, Batteries and Textiles 

Speakers: 

  • ️William Neale, Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission 
  • Eduard Wagner, Project Manager, Fraunhofer IZM Berlin 
  • Andreas Schneider, CEO, Global Textile Scheme 
  • Ilka von Dalwigk, EBA Policy Manager, EIT Inno Energy 

Q&A 

12:15 – CIRPASS Stakeholder Engagement – How you can join by️ Diem Tran, Project Communications Manager, DIGITALEUROPE 

12:25 – Closing remarks by Carolynn Bernier, Project Coordinator, CEA