Challenges

An effective circular economy that is designed for high-quality continuous material loops requires the circulation of not only resources but also information. However, a lot of circularity information is missing, as its generation and handling requires too many human and financial resources.

The Circularity Dataset Initiative addresses the difficulty for industry and consumers to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product. Trade secrets are hindering transparency and reporting standards are lacking, forcing manufacturers to send out different data sets in diverse formats to customers and product platforms.

Solution and Progress

The solution is to develop a standardized way of presenting data so everyone could adapt it to their own systems and not just another bureaucratic ‘standard’. To support this, the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, working with multinational and regional manufacturers & platforms, launched the “Product Circularity Data Sheet” (PCDS). The initiative focuses on making basic circularity data widely available in a decentralized way so that relying in a centralized platform or database is not necessary and avoids unnecessary loss of confidence. This international standardization effort is organized in several phases:

Members

Since the inception of the initiative, more than 50 companies from 12 different European countries including some global industry leaders have joined the initiative. The governance of the PCDS is steered by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg with the external support of +Impakt. The participating companies are divided in an active Dataset Working Group (DWG) and a high level Stakeholder Group for providing feedback and guidance…

EPEA
ArcelorMittal
Hunter Douglas
CDCL
Madaster
DGNB
Saint Gobain
Reynaers
Secolux
ZINQ
LIST
SundaHus i Linköping AB
PPMB
Sphera
Alchemia Nova
Arendt Business Advisory
Thermaflex
Compellio
Tarkett
Astron Buildings
SDK
SGS
Toxnot

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