CREATING A DIGITAL CIRCULARITY FINGERPRINT FOR PRODUCTS
The Circularity Dataset Initiative
The Circularity Dataset Initiative addresses the difficulty for industry and consumers to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product.
Driven by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and supported by major international industry leaders., the initiative developed the “Product Circularity Data Sheet” (PCDS) aiming at establishing an official standard for communicating data on the circular economy properties of products.
For each product, an internationally accepted dataset will describe all relevant circular information in controlled and auditable statements, helping the consumer and manufacturer to make educated choices, increasing the value of the product and enabling future uses in a circular economy.
A significant added value
The Audit system
A third-party verification scheme does increase the level of confidence in the data provided. It protects the manufacturer against unintentional errors in providing the market with data on e.g. product recyclability.
Circularity Showcase: The Product Circularity Data Sheet (PCDS)
On December 8, 2020, major actors from the Circularity Dataset Initiative presented the latest development of this innovative tool and their own experience with its deployment on the field. This webinar was held jointly by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, +Impakt and the Luxembourg Cleantech Cluster by Luxinnovation (LU).
The overall idea is to provide reliable data about the circularity aspects of the product.
The Circularity Dataset Standardization
Creating a digital circularity fingerprint for products
Driven by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, the “Circularity Dataset Standardization Initiative” aims at establishing an official standard for communicating data on the circular economy properties of products, in consultation with other standards organizations.
For each product, an international accepted dataset will describe its circular properties and include an auditable international industry standard.
"…This new standard could give a competitive advantage to those companies which incorporate the spirit of circularity…."
"...Regardless of what you want to achieve when it comes to sustainability and circularity within the construction sector, the lack of access to relevant product specific data is very often critical. Therefore, the PCDS initiative is a very welcome step in the right direction...."
"...The PCDS standard will help us to avoid re-introducing chemicals no longer accepted by REACH or Cradle to Cradle® keeping not only a closed loop but also a “clean” loop. If everyone is implementing this standard, our recycling centers across the globe will be able to access high value materials for recycling, less waste and less use of virgin in the end..."
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