Policy Workshop 2024

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and German Environment Agency (UBA)
“Circular Economy: Policy Making for Traceability of Chemicals along Value Chains”

When? Tuesday, October 15th, 2024

Where? Vertretung des Landes Hessen bei der EU, 21, Rue Montoyer, 1000 Brussels

In the EU Interreg project ECHT, actors along the textile value chain (H&M, LIST, Inditex, Puma, Team2, etc.) are convinced that the traceability of chemicals in their products is an essential prerequisite for meeting the objectives of the Sustainable Textiles Strategy. As part of the project, roadmaps for the implementation of chemicals traceability in the industry will be developed – complemented by a policy action plan.

For this reason, together with the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is organizing a one-day event dedicated to this topic. Based on the project results from ECHT and expert contributions from the textile value chains and NGOs, the event aims to promote an active exchange with relevant stakeholders from industry and policy-makers.

After briefly presenting interesting insights and intermediate results from the ECHT project including the development of two potential future scenarios as well as a Theory of Change, the event addresses important issues such as:

  • How do we overcome barriers that block the path to chemicals traceability?
  • How can chemicals traceability requirements be reconciled with legitimate confidentiality requirements?
  • How can stakeholders at the end of the life cycle benefit from full traceability of the chemicals contained in products?
  • How can chemicals traceability be applied through global value chains?


09:00 – 09:30

Start of the event

09:30 – 09:45

Greeting Hessian representation / Greeting UBA and h_da

09:45 – 11:00

Keynotes by companies, recyclers, NGOs* and academia

(*so far confirmed: Chemsec, ClientEarth; Zero Waste Europe)


Interim results research project on chemical traceability by h_da/UBA

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00

Q&A session

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break / networking

13:00 – 14:45

Workshop session part 1: Policy Action Plan

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 17:00

Workshop session part 2: Policy Action Plan

17:00 – 17:30

Reflection and closing

17:30 – 19:30

Drinks & networking

Participation and Registration:

If you are interested in taking part in this event, please send an e-mail to



Registration is open until August 18th, 2024.

As this is a live event, places are limited. After the registration deadline, we will inform you as soon as possible whether you have received one of the limited places.

With the friendly support of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union.


Prof. Dr. Martin Führ

Dr. Jonas Rehn-Groenendijk

Rebecca Niebler

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Umweltbundesamt, Neovili, European Carpets and Rugs Association, H&M Group, Luxembourg Media and Digital Design Centre, Team2, PUMA

Im Projekt beteiligen sich außerdem: Inditex, Ineris, Luxinnovation, Sympany, Techtera, Euratex, Lacoste

Gefördert im Rahmen von Interreg NWE Call 2, 2023-2026