Why material passports are important for sustainable businesses

Many companies are becoming more sustainable and, if you ask us, that's exactly what’s needed. It is becoming increasingly important for companies to contribute to the solution for the climate problem. One of the trends in the field of sustainable business operations in the infrastructure sector is the pursuit of a circular economy; a business climate that is focused on reuse and efficiency. Setting up and maintaining a material passport helps to recycle building materials and is therefore perfectly in line with this development.

What is a material passport?

A material passport is a document in which all used materials during the life span of a building are registered. When a building is demolished -or actually: dismantled- it is immediately clear which materials can be reused. In these registrations information can be found about the value, the quality and the life span of each material. A material passport contains all the materials and raw materials that can be recycled. Some materials, such as doors and elevators can be completely reused. Other materials are first broken down to raw materials to be given a new life.


What are the benefits of a material passport?

As we mentioned above, circularity is an important pillar when it comes to sustainable business. By drawing up a material passport, you make the reuse of materials easier and more transparent. Entrepreneur, architect and innovator Thomas Rau, based on his motto 'Guided by the future', makes a case for circular work in the infrastructure sector. A famous quote from him is "Waste is material without identity. By registering your building materials, you give them an identity and thus prevent a lot of waste and costs.

Another advantage of a material passport is that it makes it easier to bring together supply and demand in the area of building materials. Companies that specialize in this in the Netherlands include Madaster and New Horizon.

What are the disadvantages of a material passport?

The central government is clear; "The transition to a circular economy is radical; no one knows exactly how to do it. Yet the government wants to be fully energy-neutral, climate-neutral and circular by 2030. That is precisely why gaining knowledge and practical experience is very important. It can therefore be difficult to take the step because you may not yet have much knowledge of the subject. That's actually the only drawback there is, and it's fairly easy to solve by working together with partners and consultants and knowledge institutes in the field of sustainability.

The material passport in the elevator industry

Also in the elevator industry we are far from there when it comes to sustainability. Fortunately, some steps have already been taken and we are heading in the right direction. Elevators are great for recycling; when the outdated parts are replaced with new ones, a "refurbished" elevator quickly emerges. This is no different than a refurbished phone or laptop, which a lot of people now use. By extensively inspecting the elevator, it does not detract from its safety. Then the question is quite simple: why use a refurbished phone, but not a refurbished elevator?

Liftmanager as support for the material passport

When you use our solution, you already have the material passport of your elevators at your disposal. In Liftmanager all elevator parts are registered, including all data needed for the passport. And the best part: Liftmanager can be linked to a platform like Madaster through an API, so you can directly load this data into the total picture! Want to know more about the material passport, Liftmanager or sustainable business? Please do not hesitate to contact us!

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