Digital Products Passports (DPP) and related IT-infrastructure have been proposed by the European Commission in various strategies. The European Parliament and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union have suggested harmonized and cross sectoral digital passports for products (and materials) as decisive ingredients for the introduction of circular economy, sustainable consumer decisions, as well as resource and energy efficiency.
The aim of CIRPASS is to prepare the ground for a gradual piloting and deployment of DPPs from 2023 onwards, with an initial focus on the electric and electronics, batteries and textile sectors, while laying the groundwork for a cross-sectoral DPP based on common rules, principles, taxonomy and standards. CIRPASS’s ambition is to lead an open and transparent community and relies on a strategy of:
Neutrality – Consortium composition was designed to ensure a technology agnostic stance and to avoid potential biases towards individual companies’ interests.
Balance – Industry, represented within CIRPASS by major European industrial associations with a wide-reaching network of members, is balanced with not-for-profit partners such as RTOs and standardisation bodies.
Inclusivity – CIRPASS welcomes and proactively pursues broad partnership with the most advanced European and international DPP-related initiatives to gather expertise, build momentum and minimize the risk of increasing lack of interoperability.
Expertise – CIRPASS is supported by standardization organisations covering most aspects of the DPP, circular economy and sustainability agencies, digital technology solution providers and scientific expertise from the research community.
Experience – Since CIRPASS members are already heavily involved in DPP pilots in the three target sectors, ensuring a pragmatic, grounds-up approach. All of these members have experience in stakeholder involvement.