Digital product passports (DPPs) are an emerging technology that has the potential to revolutionise the way we track and manage products throughout their lifecycle.
DPPs are essentially digital records that store information about a product, such as its origin, materials, production processes, and certifications. This information can be used to improve transparency, quality control, and sustainability across a wide range of industries.
The European Union is planning to introduce DPPs across a number of industries including textiles, electronic devices, construction materials, plastics, and chemicals in 2026/27, with most products expected to be covered by 2030. However, the exact date has not yet been set.
These industries are all facing challenges related to counterfeit goods, supply chain transparency, and quality control. DPPs can help to address these challenges by providing reliable information about products and their origins.
For example, DPPs can be used to combat the circulation of counterfeit electronic devices. By tracking the movement of electronic devices throughout the supply chain, DPPs can help to ensure that consumers are purchasing genuine products that meet safety standards. DPPs can also be used to provide information about the repairability and recyclability of electronic devices, which can help to reduce e-waste.
In the construction industry, DPPs can be used to track the movement of construction materials and components. This can help to ensure that these materials are used safely and that they meet quality standards. DPPs can also be used to provide information about the environmental impact of construction materials, which can help to make the construction industry more sustainable.
The plastics, automotive, and chemical industries can also benefit from DPPs. For plastics, DPPs can provide information about the composition, recyclability, and environmental impact of plastics. This information can help to reduce plastic pollution and promote the use of recycled plastics. In the automotive industry, DPPs can be used to track the movement of spare parts and ensure that they are genuine. This can help to reduce the risks associated with counterfeit spare parts. DPPs can also be used to provide information about the environmental impact of automotive products, which can help to make the automotive industry more sustainable.
The European Union is still in the process of developing the regulations for DPPs. However, the potential benefits of DPPs are clear. DPPs have the potential to improve transparency, quality control, and sustainability across a wide range of industries. They are a promising new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we track and manage products.
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