The Digital Product Passport: Paving the way for a Circular Economy in the EU

3 min readMay 21, 2024


By 2030, the European Union (EU) will implement a groundbreaking regulation that will revolutionize how products are manufactured, consumed, and recycled. The Digital Product Passport (DPP) will become a mandatory requirement for almost every consumer and utility good entering the EU market. This initiative aims to reduce consumption, minimize waste production, and foster a circular economy.

What is the Digital Product Passport?

The DPP is a comprehensive digital document that provides critical information about a product, including:

  • Origin: Where the product was manufactured.
  • Composition: The materials and components used in the product.
  • Environmental Impact: The ecological footprint of the product throughout its lifecycle.
  • Circular Economy Potential: The product’s ability to be maintained, reused, and recycled within a circular economy.

This passport must be electronically accessible and verifiable, ensuring transparency and accountability across the supply chain.

Global Impact: Importers and Exporters

Major Importers:

  • China: Leading with an annual import value exceeding 23 billion EUR, projected to grow by 3% next year.
  • Bangladesh: The second-largest importer, with 15 billion EUR, anticipated to increase by 6%.
  • Turkey: With imports valued at 9 billion EUR, expected to grow by 5%.

Impact on Companies:

In the coming years, nearly half a million EU-based companies and over one million non-EU textile companies will need to adopt DPP to operate within the EU market. This initiative affects not only textiles but also other major industries, including:

  • Batteries: Annual market value of approximately 30 billion EUR.
  • Electronic Devices: Nearly 500 billion EUR annually.
  • Packaging: 200 billion EUR per year.
  • Food: The largest and most complex market, valued at 1.3 trillion EUR.

Italy’s Role as a Major Exporter

Italy stands out as the EU’s biggest internal market exporter, with an annual value of 12 billion EUR. This highlights the substantial internal demand and the potential for growth within the EU market.

SkeyNetwork: A Pioneering Solution

Skey Network has developed a cutting-edge solution using NFT and blockchain technology to address the challenges posed by the circular economy. Skey Certificates are poised to serve as digital product passports, aligning with the EU’s recommendations and regulatory framework.

Key Advantages of Skey’s Solution:

  • Strengthening Brand Recognition: Enhances visibility and trust in the market.
  • New Marketing Opportunities: Opens avenues for innovative business models.
  • Customer Relationship Building: Fosters a stronger connection with customers, transforming them into brand ambassadors.
  • Loyalty Programs: Engages customers through reward systems and co-creation opportunities.

Skey’s solution is not only ready to comply with impending EU regulations but also offers the technology, implementation capabilities, experienced team, and essential know-how to lead this transformation.


The introduction of the Digital Product Passport by 2030 marks a significant step towards a sustainable and circular economy within the EU. With major importers and exporters adapting to this new requirement, and innovative solutions like Skey Network’s blockchain-based certificates, the future of product transparency and environmental responsibility looks promising. This initiative underscores the EU’s commitment to reducing waste and fostering a more sustainable future for all.




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