How will the TRICK platform support policies to promote circularity on the TC and food value chains in Europe?

The policy brief How will the TRICK platform support policies to promote circularity on the TC and food value chains in Europe? is derived from the findings of the written report (D1.2), consisting of describing the Use Case scenarios needed for the implementation of a traceability system that improves transparency and promotes circularity on the textile and clothing (TC) and food industry in Europe, identifying opportunities as well as pain points and how to overcome them. The technical approach for the development of a blockchain-based platform required a detailed set of requirements to understand the user needs and expectations. The definition of the design space is crucial to link the user needs with the technical development for the TRICK platform. The outputs reflect the complexity of the TC and food value chain and highlight the differences in usage that might be taken into account when designing the platform.

Working on the definition of a design framework has to involve all the different points of view from the partners involved in the project and the textile value chain stakeholders. Data was compiled on a set of six scenarios corresponding to the different TRICK stakeholders, one corresponding to policymaking. A list of user needs and platform requirements was retrieved from the scenarios that help to define the use cases. The use cases correspond to the different purposes of use when accessing the platform. All of them contemplate the consultancy of information stored by the platform, the data insertion, the product development of new services and the trading and business cases that correspond to the regulation of the users’ interactions, which specifically addresses policy makers’ interests.

The project also identifies the service vision and the main barriers to overcome during the implementation, together with a high-level proposal of de-risking:

This set of barriers has been divided into eight categories going from technological, economic, legal, sector diversification, geographical, cultural, and knowledge to design. The overcoming of the identified barriers requires actions at the policy level - specifically, as policy-making has a direct impact on the overcoming of the legal and economic barriers.


Figure 1: Policies to overcome the identified barriers with its corresponding de-risking proposal 

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Policymakers are considered key actors in the implementation and adoption of the platform involving them in the promotion of circular economy models to achieve more sustainable and ethical policies in Europe. Specifically, the following suggestions can be outlined: 

  • Involving policymakers during the testing phases (WP5) in order to ensure a direct impact on overcoming the identified barriers with the help of the TRICK platform. 
  • Promoting the adoption of the TRICK platform among the TC and Food value chain to foster communication, collaboration and reliable and secure information transfer enhancing circularity in Europe.
  • Encouraging the use of the TRICK platform to support policy-making for decision making.
  • Considering the TRICK platform as an assessment and standardization tool for certifications’ recommendations.

The complete version of the policy brief can be downloaded and read on the project’s official website in the ‘Project Document’ Section under ‘Papers' here.