The German economy is to become more sustainable. The consumption of raw materials plays a decisive role in this. In order to save raw materials, the recycling rate must increase significantly. Only in this way can raw materials be recovered and a circular economy succeed. The Digital Product Passport (DPP) is one approach being pursued as part of the European Green Deal.

The product passport should make recycling products much easier. (Image source: Pixabay)

Information on material composition and recycling

The idea behind the Digital Product Passport is to digitally store specific data about a product so that the product can be recycled in the best possible way at the end of its life. The information helps not only consumers, but also companies. Among other things, the product passport includes information on product origin, composition and repair options as well as recycling and disposal.

It remains to be seen exactly what the Digital Product Passport will look like and what challenges its introduction will bring for small and medium-sized enterprises. European institutions are currently still negotiating the specific design of the DPP.

Source: DIHK (german)