Digital Product Passports (DPPs) are emerging as game-changers as the circular economy gains traction. With the European Commission’s plans set for 2026, companies will soon need to ensure their products come with comprehensive, verifiable, and authentic data via these digital passports.

In our latest white paper, we explore this evolving landscape and highlight the immense potential of DPPs. We break down the “Why, What, When, and How” of DPP development, providing insights into regulatory contexts and uncovering new business opportunities that DPPs bring.

Digitalization – Empowering the Circular Economy

The European Union is spearheading a significant shift towards a circular economy, and Digital Product Passports (DPPs) are central to this transition. DPPs enhance transparency and sustainability, providing a digital product lifecycle record.

EU policies are leveraging digitalization to drive this change, with DPPs playing a crucial role. These passports offer detailed information about a product’s composition, origin, and environmental impact, helping consumers make informed decisions and encouraging manufacturers to adopt sustainable practices. By examining the key policy directions and the integration of DPPs, we can see how the EU is accelerating its move towards a more circular economy.

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ESPR – A New Era of Ecodesign

The Ecodesign Directive, also known as the Ecodesign Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR), sets legal mandates to improve the environmental performance of products like TVs, fridges, and stoves. The latest version, adopted in December 2023, expands its scope beyond energy efficiency to include material efficiency, repairability, recyclability, and the use of recycled content.

A significant addition to this update is the Digital Product Passport, a digital twin of a product that provides comprehensive details about its composition, origin, and sustainability performance. The ESPR will be continuously developed in a product-specific manner, with expected horizontal measures that establish common ecodesign requirements for similar products. Read our case study on how we incorporate Digital Product Passport to minimize packaging waste.

DPP – A Paradigm Shift

Digital Product Passports have the potential to revolutionize not just EU policies but the global approach to sustainability. By standardizing product information, DPPs empower consumers to choose sustainable products and motivate manufacturers to adopt circular practices. This paves the way for a more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible future, potentially inspiring similar policies worldwide and advancing the global move towards a Circular Economy.

If you are interested in leveraging the power of DPPs for your business, check out our Optimizing Product Life Cycles with Digital Product Passport service offerings page.

INDEED Innovation is dedicated to supporting businesses and organizations in prioritizing circular economy principles, helping them navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities of this transformative approach.

Jeongwoo Jang

Senior Expert

With expertise spanning sustainable architectural design research and creative technologies, he is an expert in optimizing business systems to reduce environmental impact and operational costs through cutting-edge technologies like generative AI and carbon footprint analysis. He also translates complex EU sustainability policies into accessible language for diverse audiences.

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