CIRPASS – Setting ground for the European Product Passports

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In order to evaluate the sustainability of products, information is needed along the entire value chain and its actors. Often the information is lost between the individual users, so that important decisions regarding sustainability, circular economy, value retention for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling cannot be made.

A digital product passport (DPP) will help to collect this product-related data in a structured way, with agreed ownership and access rights, before being transmitted via a unique identifier and made accessible electronically via a data carrier.

The "CIRPASS" project aims to lay the foundations for the future implementation of digital product passports in the EU. Tasks include creating a forum to develop a common understanding of cross-sector DPPs and building stakeholder consensus on prototypes of the DPP in the sectors: Batteries, Textiles, and Electronics.


1 - description
Present an unambiguous cross-sectoral definition and description of the DPP

2 - green-economy
Define a cross-sectoral product data model for the DPP with demonstrated usefulness for the Circular Economy

3 - feature-selection
Clarify the requirements related to product identification

4 - touch
Propose an open DPP data exchange protocol adapted to the needs of circular economy stakeholders and propose such a protocol based on up-to-date digital technologies

5 - dictionary
Build stakeholder consensus on key data for circularity and related open European and global vocabulary standards to be included in the DPP for the batteries, electronics, and textiles value chains

6 - roadmap
Develop use cases and roadmaps for piloting, deployment and circular business value generation of cross-sectoral DPPs

Together with 31 European partners, Fraunhofer IZM's Environmental and Reliability Engineering (ERE) department is contributing its know-how in the field of sustainability for electronic products to drive future concepts of circular economy in the European Union.
In this context, Fraunhofer IZM supports the latest and future developments of digital product passports with many years of expertise in various public and industrial projects.

Project information

Duration: 10/2022 – 03/2024

Funding reference number: 101083432

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Project Partners

CEA, SLR, Fraunhofer, Wuppertal Institut, Chalmers Industriteknik, DKE, GTS, +IMPAKT, F6S, ERCIM, E Circular Aps, GS1 in Europe, Politecnico Milano, Circular Fashion, Digital Europe, InnoEnergy, TUDelft, TalTech, Veltha, Energy Web, BAM, SyncForce, Innovalia, Textile, Exchange, RBA, Worldline Mint, RISE, iPoint, GEC,, Global Battery Alliance


Key Research Areas

Environmental Legislation

Product-related environmental legislation is increasingly affecting electrical and electronic products. In recent years the European Commission, with its RoHS, WEEE und EuP/ErP Directives has not only placed considerable restrictions on substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium (VI), and the flame retardants PBDE and PBB and has regulated the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment, but with the Ecodesign Directive has also initiated a broad process of life-cycle related product optimisation.

Innovation Workshops / Feasibility Studies

Life-cycle assessment reviews

Depending on the goals and the scope, life-cycle assessments for electrical and electronic equipment can be very complicated and call for a high degree of expertise. In order to ensure reliable results in accordance with ISO 14040:2006, an independent life cycle assessment review is necessary. The scientists of Fraunhofer IZM have considerable expertise in the fields of electronics design, production technologies, materials, and environmental assessment.