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Standardisation Roadmap for the Circular Economy Launches

On 21 October 2021, 700 participants took part in the kick-off event that launched the standardisation roadmap for the circular economy. The event was jointly organised by DIN, the German Institute for Standardisation, DKE, the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies, and VDI, the Association of German Engineers. The tremendous interest in the event shows that circular economy is a top priority for companies, institutions and civil society.

For many, the transition to a circular economy is linked to the hope, and expectation, that this will lead to a re-imagining of business and society, making both more resilient to the challenges of the future. The concept of the circular economy goes way beyond the usual understanding of, or rather its reduction to, waste recycling: in future, buildings and municipalities will also be recyclable, while digitisation, business models and management will integrate circularity aspects. In summer 2021, the Smart City Standard Forum had already addressed concepts, identified blind spots and recommended actions in its discussion paper (German only) on standards in smart cities.

Now, the next step has been taken: the standardisation roadmap for the circular economy – funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) – aims to help clarify different interpretations and discuss key standards.

The 7 fields of activity

  • Electro-technology & ICT
  • Batteries
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Buildings & Municipalities
  • Digitisation/Business Models/Management

From January 2022 on, the fields of activity will be fleshed out in work groups headed by renowned specialists. DIN is now calling for experts willing to collaborate. Interested parties can register free of charge at DIN.ONE (German only) until the end of 2021.

Contact for questions on the collaboration:
Benjamin Hein, Circular Economy Business Field Developer at DIN (German only)

Click here to watch the kick-off event that took place on 21 October 2021. (German only)

Part 1

Part 2