Circular Economy Taxonomy
CircularPSP aims to solve the common challenge of municipalities to transition towards a circular economy (CE). Through CircularPSP, eight leading CE-cities and regions are to launch a competitive tender for technical solutions aiming to overcome organisational, informational and operational barriers. However, multiple standards and taxonomy-related issues are universal and should not be solved in parallel. Instead, CircularPSP seeks to involve key stakeholders, leading companies, and academics to tackle the following issues together:
- Define core terminology (i.e. Taxonomy) to ensure different artificial intelligences (AIs) do not increase confusion about circular economy but lead to more clarity.
- Identify a set of core data sources for AIs to ensure that the learning does cover all relevant circularity areas in a city instead of being dominated by the most advanced value chain or region etc.
- Document a core set of data standards and protocols to ensure the intended scalable solutions are fit for purpose to operate in a field with diverse IT ecosystems.
Advancing on these aspects will directly help municipalities in coordinating their effort and improve the solutions to be developed by suppliers. Additionally, it decreases effort for each individual supplier and is therefore the most pragmatic way for a complex problem like the CE Taxonomy. Involving these different types of stakeholders ensures that the outcomes of the Working Groups Meetings are as valuable as possible.
To realise the mission statements, a predetermined sequence of research activities will be followed. As depicted in the figure below, this entails a workflow that starts with the development of a White Paper. This is succeeded by a Working Group Meeting to discuss the most recent version of the White Paper, open questions and gaps identified in both the Paper as well as the Working Documents. These discussions feed the next phase, in which specific topics discussed in the meetings are further explored and analysed. Contributions can be brought forward in the Working Documents. Subsequently, this triggers a new version of the White Paper.
This continuous process will occur during all the phases of the CircularPSP project.
How to contribute?
The work will be conducted as an open working group. Any interested party is welcome to join and contribute at events and at any time in a living document which is to evolve over time with initial push coming from CircularPSP or voluntary contributors. Permanent members will be the CircularPSP consortium and all selected suppliers. The online “living” file will be maintained and versioned by the CircularPSP consortium. Versions will trigger follow-up events (2-4 per year) to update on developments and resolve contradictions etc.
- The first meeting is to lay out the white paper and cooperatively set out the interesting terminology and data sources for municipalities and where contributions are required due to gaps in existing relevant taxonomy.
- The initial phase will focus on ‘collection and definition of terms and data sources to cover circular economy, enabling AI holistically in the context of municipalities. One source will be the offers of suppliers tendering for the CircularPSP solution.
- Over time, the taxonomy will be validated with (selected) classifications used the EU taxonomy in upcoming standards to support and enable further regulation by clearly identifying the remaining gaps.
Where possible benchmarks – going beyond minimum requirements or boundaries – will be added as complementary information. A policy paper will be authored for submission to the EC.