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Workshop on "Global Digital ICT Product Passport to achieve a Circular Economy"


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), and ETSI organized a workshop on “Global Digital Product Passport to achieve a Circular Economy” on 1 June 2022 from 9h30 to 12h30 CEST/ Geneva time. The workshop was a side event of the European Union (EU) Green Week 2022. 

Circular economy (CE) is a development priority of the EU and a central component of the European Green Deal, which aims to achieve climate neutral 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 manufacturers, operators, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders, 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.

Participation was free of charge and open to all interested stakeholders including ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU and who wishes to contribute to the work.

Watch recording here



​09:30 - 09:45 

​​​​Opening Remarks
​09:45 - 10:45

Session 1: The transition to a circular economy and the role of international standards

Moderator: David Jensen, Coordinator, UNEP's Digital Transformation Programme
Questions & Answers
​10:45 - 11:55
​Session 2: Panel discussion on global digital sustainable product passport 

Moderator: Dominique Würges, Chairman​, ITU-T Study Group 5, Environment, EMF and Circular Economy​
Questions & Answers
11:55 – 12:25

​Session 3: Interactive discussion with audience

Moderator: Paolo Gemma, ITU-T SG5 Working Party Chairman​​
​12:25 – 12:30
Closing Remarks