With clear standards and classifications for recyclates, DIN SPEC 91446 intended to boost the circular economy – and has won the DIN Prize 2022 in the Innovation category as well as the Climate Prize.
For ten years now, the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN) has awarded the DIN Prize for special projects and outstanding commitment to standardisation in the categories of young talent, innovation and application. The DIN Climate Prize was included for the first time in 2022. This award goes to projects that promote climate protection and adaptation to climate change.
DIN SPEC 91446 has been published since November 2021. For companies that use or trade in sustainable plastic recyclates and want to make material flows transparent, the new DIN plays a central role. Because: It classifies recyclates according to defined data quality levels (DQL). You can read exactly how this workshere.
DIN SPEC 91446 was initiated in 2019 by the start-up Cirplus together with a consortium of 16 representatives from industry and science headed by Prof. Hans-Josef Endres and Dr Madina Shamsuyeva. The next milestone is clearly laid out: Transferring DIN SPEC 91446 into European and international norms and standards. In the course of the European Plastics Economic Strategy, the EU Commission has already included DIN SPEC 91446 in the canon of relevant standards in August 2022.
The DQL labels according to DIN SPEC 91446 were introduced by Enneatech AG in October 2022.