A very good article in the Tagesspiegel by Stefanie Moser and Nora Sophie Griefahn about a digital product passport and the demand to develop common legal frameworks for it. We would also like to contribute to this; hence some observations, examples and suggestions.
Ideal scenario? Yes. But material is lost in every refurbishment or recycling process. We have to accept that above all and look for better solutions step by step, even for the material that is lost first.
Exactly! By now recording products in passports, we gain insight into the composition and materiality of our products. From there, we can start improving. Moreover, the digital product passport cannot and will not be a one-off. The true value is expressed through constant updating during product use, ensuring the end-of-use solution.
Exactly! After all, a building, a product, is a collection of materials for a certain function and for a certain time. If we want to use urban mining structurally to conserve materials, we need to know what materials we can recover. Then recording is essential.
Here too: In an ideal world, there are clear framework conditions that everyone abides by. Reality teaches us that although there is a lot of discussion, the rules are created at a rather slow pace. That’s why we argue: let’s get started and help shape data governance ourselves. Stefanie and Nora point out that there are already solutions for different sectors, but what we are doing is a solution that applies to all sectors. If it turns out that our system needs to be adapted to new, jointly designed regulations, we will of course do so! Just start, guide and adapt as we go along.
We all have to shape these standards together. Think about the way we use email today. There is competition and email programmes implement the concept in different ways, but there is a common language in which we exchange data. This language must also be available to DPPs. This can be done by policy makers, but the market can also produce a standard; that is why we have already started.
Auch hier: einverstanden, obwohl dies kein großes Hindernis darstellt. Mit Produkt- oder Materialpässen ist es bereits möglich, ein Produkt herunter- oder hochzurüsten und in einen neuen Pass umzuwandeln. Die Integration von Komponentenpässen in komplexe Endprodukte ist der nächste Schritt, der unternommen werden muss, aber auch dies stellt im Rahmen der aktuellen technologischen Möglichkeiten absolut kein Hindernis dar! C_passport® unterstützt sowohl geschlossene Kreisläufe als auch Materialpooling.