ITU, UN Environment Programme and ETSI celebrate the EU Green Week

Sophia Antipolis, 8 June 2022

On 1 June 2022, during the EU Green Week, ITU in collaboration with UN Environment Programme and ETSI organized a Workshop on “Global Digital ICT Product Passport to achieve a Circular Economy”. Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General and Malcolm Johnson​, Deputy Secretary General, ITU gave the opening remarks.

Circular economy (CE) is a development priority of the EU and a central component of the European Green Deal, which aims to achieve climate neutrality in the region by 2050. One of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal is the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan and the introduction of digital product passports (DPPs).

DPPs store key data to improve traceability of products and encourage eco-design and sustainability through standardizing information on a product’s reusability, reparability, upgradability etc. ITU within ITU-T SG5 “EMF, environment, climate action, sustainable digitalization and circular economy” together with ETSI Technical Committee on Environmental Engineering are working on an international standard on “Requirements for a global digital sustainable product passport to achieve a circular economy”.

The objective of this Workshop was to examine the overarching concept of DPP and the requirements of DPP that are geared towards circularity.

The Workshop brought together over 200 manufacturers, operators, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders from 63 countries and provided the ideal opportunity to discuss the latest development of DPPs, including the information and attributes that they should contain, and the role of international standards in facilitating its integration.

Watch the recorded session here