Textiles Partnership participates in the Standardization Roadmap on circular economy


Textiles Partnership participates in the Standardization Roadmap on circular economy

A Standardization Roadmap is intended to provide an overview of the status quo of standardization in the field of circular economy, describe requirements and challenges for seven key topics and identify and formulate the concrete need for action for future norms and standards.

Creta Gambillara, who coordinates the topic circular economy on behalf of the Partnership Secretariat, is part of the textiles working group, where she shares the expertise and experiences from the Textiles Partnership. Among other things, the working group members take up the R strategies, including reduce, redesign, reuse, repair, recycling. This working group is not primarily concerned with the development of new norms and standards, but with the identification of needs, gaps in existing standardization and recommendations for the development of future standards.

Schedule and milestones

The German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (DKE) and the Association of German Engineers (VDI) initiated the development of the Standardization Roadmap. The Federal Ministry of the Environment and the German Environment Agency are funding the project. The process started in June 2021. In the meantime, the preparatory phase has been completed and the working groups are starting. Experts from business, science, the public sector and civil society discuss the requirements and challenges of various industries, formulate concrete needs for action for norms and standards and incorporate them into national, European and international standardization bodies. The results will be published in December.

Seven key topics

The seven key topics addressed by the working groups are based on the focus topics of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan:

  • Electronics & ICT
  • Batteries
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Construction & municipalities
  • Digitalization/Business Models/Management

The initiators write on the website: "In achieving the goals of the Green Deal and Climate Protection Act 2021, the circular economy is of particular importance. In order to achieve the ambitious climate protection goals, new and revised technical rules for circular economy are now needed. The Circular Economy Standardization Roadmap defines the path for this and thus drives the green transformation of Germany and Europe."

Circular economy in the Textiles Partnership

The aim of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a social, ecological and corruption-free textile and clothing industry and improvements along the entire textile life cycle. Respect for human rights and business within planetary boundaries guide the action. Circular economy is therefore also an important and firmly anchored topic in the Textiles Partnership with an expert group, various projects and support materials.

Further information:

Read more in the DIN article, the DKE article and the press release.