DATAPIPE project

Extended data pipeline concept for the circular economy transition in The Netherlands

Dutch Principal Investigator: TU Delft researchers Boriana Rukanova, Dr. Jolien Ubacht, Yao-Hua Tan & Wirawan Agahari (meet the team)
Planned period: September 2022 - September 2024

Project summary: The DATAPIPE project aims to help the Customs Administration of the Netherlands and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands to be better equipped to meet their responsibilities in the context of the circular economy. The project will deliver a diagnostic problem analysis report, blueprint for piloting, and recommendations.

About the project

The Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan, and national policies and objectives aim to retain value of products, reduce the use of primary materials and eliminate waste. Monitoring the practical implementation of circular economy policies and instruments will be challenging and when borders are crossed customs will continue to play a key role. Traceability of product and their material composition is of key importance for trade to enable recovery of high-quality secondary materials and to allow companies to show compliance. Achieving such traceability is very hard, as information is held by multiple actors in in complex supply chains.

The beneficiaries for this project are:

  1. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  2. Netherlands Institute of Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Download the project summary here.

Results and achievements

The main expected result is that the data pipeline concept will be extended (in the context of the automotive industry) and the benefits will be conceptually analysed and made explicit, with possible further extension and application to other industries in the future.

Past events

3 November, 2022 - DATAPIPE kick-off meeting 

The DATAPIPE kick-off meeting took place on 3 November, 2022 with representatives from the DATAPIPE project team from TU Delft and TNO, DG REFORM, and the DATAPIPE beneficiaries from Dutch Customs and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.  

19 October, 2022 - DATAPIPE presented at the World Customs Organization Technology Conference in Maastricht

During the World Customs Organization’s Technology Conference in Maastricht, Boriana Rukanova gave a keynote speech on Green developments and presented the DATAPIPE project.

Datapipe - Funded by the European Union
This project has received funding from the TSI Project Grants of the European Commission-EU under the Grant Agreement No101094495 .


Wirawan Agahari

Elmer Rietveld

TNO collaborator

Wout Hofman

TNO collaborator

Jelmer Lennartz

TNO collaborator

Theodor Chirvasuta

TNO collaborator

Eva Kassotaki

Project Management support