Energy Web joins CIRPASS to lay the ground work for the deployment of European Digital Passport Products

Energy Web joins the CIRPASS consortium, bringing together a core network of leading organizations in building the European vision for a unified Digital Product Passport (DPP) approach
across multiple value chains. Funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme, CIRPASS aims to prepare the ground for the gradual piloting and deployment of the DPPs from 2023 onwards, with an initial focus on the electronics, batteries, and textile sectors.

Zug, Switzerland — 5 October 2022 — The new CIRPASS (Collaborative Initiative for a Standards-based Digital Product Passport for Stakeholder-Specific Sharing of Product Data for a Circular Economy) project officially kicked off with a hybrid meeting taking place in Brussels. With 30 partners representing thousands of industrial, digital, international, standards, and regulatory organizations and NGOs across Europe, the 18-month project will respond to the European Commission’s call on creating a clear concept of the DPP, defining a cross-sectoral product data model with demonstrated benefits for the circular economy as well as developing roadmaps for its deployment.

DPPs are crucial for enabling the EU’s transition to a circular economy
The circular economy will replace wasteful linear economies by 2029, according to the 2019 Garner study. Getting there requires turning around the linear supply chain system to create a whole circular ecosystem. Through the DPP, CIRPASS helps in laying the foundation for such an ecosystem across value chains in three sectors batteries, electronics, and textiles, based on common rules, principles, taxonomy, and standards. In specific, the project aims to deliver at least three DPP prototypes for the three sectors as well as reaching agreements on key data for circularity and sustainability. The consortium partners will also work together to provide recommendations for a data exchange protocol and system architecture, making sure that the product information contained in the DPP will be standardized and machine-readable.

By enabling a successful rollout of the DPPs in critical sectors, CIRPASS contributes to giving the European industry the possibility to implement the circular business model on a large scale and in a resilient way.

Building a balanced and open community dedicated to the roll-out of the DPPs and beyond
To ensure a cross-sectoral approach, CIRPASS unites leading European Research and Technology organizations, supported by three standardization organizations, an experienced pool of circular economy and sustainability consultancies, several large European industrial associations, digital technologies, and web experts as well as selected digital solution providers. Thanks to this community of expertise and knowledge sharing, the project will build consensus around the DPP concept and contribute to the development of common principles, prototypes, and roadmaps for the deployment of DPPs across value chains, sectors, and market participants.

Besides the collaboration of project partners, stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of CIRPASS’s action plan. An ecosystem for stakeholder engagement will be set up. Various activities to activate companies and organizations from across Europe will be announced throughout the project, including joining Expert and Stakeholder groups, participating in CIRPASS’s workshops and public events, responding to consultations, and much more.

Energy Web Foundation joins CIRPASS and contributes to several working packages with the goal of setting a common EU DPP framework, exploring the integration of DPPs with different blockchain technologies, and using Decentralized Identifiers for the implementation of DPPs.

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Energy Web is a global non-profit accelerating the clean energy transition by developing open-source technology solutions for energy systems. Our enterprise-grade solutions improve coordination across complex energy markets, unlocking the full potential of clean, distributed energy resources for businesses, grid operators, and customers.

Our solutions for enterprise asset management, data exchange, and Green Proofs, our tool for registering and tracking low-carbon products, are underpinned by the Energy Web Chain, the world’s first public blockchain tailored to the energy sector. The Energy Web ecosystem comprises leading utilities, renewable energy developers, grid operators, corporate energy buyers, automotive, IoT, telecommunications leaders, and more.

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