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2023-01-19 publication

Standardization Roadmap Circular Economy

The German Standardization Roadmap Circular Economy supports the transition from a linear to a circular economy, because standards play an important role in the project to close material cycles and thus save valuable resources. The standardization roadmap looks at obstacles and challenges for the transformation from a standardization perspective and identifies the standardization needs for seven crucial sectors of the German economy.

Key topics of the standardization roadmap

Today's product is tomorrow's raw material. For new business models to be applied in the Circular Economy, they need norms and standards as a basis, because these give industries a common language and thus ensure clear communication and an appropriate exchange of information between the various market players in the cycle.


Dr. Tim Brückmann
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German Standardization Roadmap Circular Economy

German Standardization Roadmap Circular Economy


This Circular Economy Standardization Roadmap was developed in a broad participation process with interdisciplinary contributors and outlines the results of the work and discussions. It provides a comprehensive overview of the status quo as well as the requirements and challenges for the following key topics, which are oriented to the Circular Economy Action Plan of the EU Commission:

  • Digitalization/Business Models/Management,
  • Electrical engineering & ICT,
  • Batteries,
  • Packaging,
  • Plastics,
  • Textiles and
  • Buildings & Municipalities

With its content and approaches, this Circular Economy Standardization Roadmap is an excellent basis for advancing the circular economy and thus counteracting climate change.

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About the objective and significance of the standardization roadmap

The objective of standardization roadmaps is to inform the stakeholders in the respective subject area of important basic requirements and assist them in meeting them. To achieve this, standardization roadmaps provide an overview of the respective technology topic, in this case energy storage, and the related standardization landscape and its organizational and content-related further development.

For energy storage, standardization roadmaps also allow for the systematic processing of convergent technologies (cross-committee complex topics) and act as a basis for discussion and exchange between the experts from various domains (e.g. automotive, IT, energy). They thus provide for better understanding because they provide all of the participants the same foundation and offer new committee members a subject-related introduction.

Particularly with respect to important subject areas like energy storage, standardization roadmaps emphasizes the need for early development and the significance of the topic of full consensus standardization.

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