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The Environmental Footprint Pilots

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Discuss the pilots, consult the documents and provide comments through the Environmental Footprint E-commenting Wiki pages!

Instructions for registration

 

The 2013-2016 Environmental Footprint (EF) pilot phase has three main objectives:

  • test the process for developing product- and sector-specific rules;
  • test different approaches to verification;
  • test communication vehicles for communicating life cycle environmental performance to business partners, consumers and other company stakeholders.

This is tested by groups of organisations called Technical Secretariats, who volunteered to develop the rules for their product or sector. For a list of the products and sectors concerned, see the Product EF pilots and Organisation EF pilots.

The pilot process

All pilots carry out the following steps (steps in grey are completed by all 26 pilots):

Rounded Rectangle: Analysis of existing PCRs   and/or sectoral guidance   

Whenever possible, the rules in Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) and draft Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs) are based on existing work.

Rounded Rectangle: Consultation on scope and representative product/ organisation

 

 

  • the precise definition of the product group or sector (product portfolio);
  • the results of the analysis of existing Product Category Rules and/ or sectoral guidance to check potential compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Footprint methods;
  • the "representative product" or "representative organisation", which describes the features of a typical average product sold on the market or an organisation typical to the sector.

Rounded Rectangle: Approval by the Steering Committee

 

Rounded Rectangle: Screening

This is a simplified Environmental Footprint for the representative product/ organisation. It is performed to understand which are the most relevant life cycle stages, processes and environmental impacts. This document is checked by the European Commission (screening review).

 

 

The draft PEFCRs and draft OEFSRs are prepared based on the results of the screenings. They are the "recipe" for calculating the environmental footprint for the product or sector.
This is a virtual consultation. Comments can be uploaded through the Environmental Footprint Wiki (instructions for signing up).
Pilots produce the 2nd draft of the PEFCR / OEFSR based on the consultation.

Rounded Rectangle: Approval of the 2nd draft PEFCR/OEFSR by the SC

This draft should also include a preliminary indication of 3-4 communication vehicles that the pilot judges to be appropriate for the product / sector.

Rounded Rectangle: Supporting studies

The Environmental Footprint profile is calculated for at least 3 products or companies based on the 2nd draft PEFCR/ OEFSR. The results of this exercise are going to be the basis for the communication phase and for the testing of verification approaches.

Rounded Rectangle: Testing communication vehicles

The testing of communication vehicles will be carried out based on the Background Document for the Testing of Communication Vehicles in the Environmental Footprint Pilot Phase 2013-2016.

Rounded Rectangle: Consultation final PEFCR/ OEFSR

The final PEFCR/ OEFSR is based on the experiences with the supporting studies and communication phase. A four-week consultation will take place.

Rounded Rectangle: Review by the review panel

Each pilot appoints a 3-member review panel. The panel's remarks will be taken into consideration for the final version of the documents.

Rounded Rectangle: Approval of the final   PEFCR/ OEFSR by the SC

 

The final documents will be discussed at the December 2017 and January 2018 meetings of the Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Board.

The Steering Committee (SC) is composed of one representative for each Member State, key stakeholder groups (e.g. small and medium-sized enterprises, consumers, environmental NGOs), Environmental Footprint pilots and representatives of the European Commission. The role of the SC is to take strategic decisions and to approve milestone documents. Read more on the Steering Committee and its proceedings

The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) mirrors the composition of the SC, and is composed of experts nominated by the SC members. Their role is to propose solutions to technical challenges and advise the SC on technical issues.

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Product Environmental Footprint pilots

Each PEFCR contains a set of rules on how to measure the life cycle environmental performance of the product in scope. The factsheets state the scope and status of the project, and the companies participating in the Technical Secretariat. A link to the factsheets and wiki page containing all documents can be found in the first column of the table below. Comments to the documents can be provided through the Environmental Footprint Wiki. To access the wiki, please create an external ECAS account and then sign up as stakeholder to the pilots that are of interest to you (see instructions).

 

Pilot (wikis & factsheets)

Date of 1st consultation meeting

Virtual consultation
open until

Consultation on the draft final PEFCR

Batteries and accumulators

wiki & factsheet

25/2/2014

24/8/2015

16/9/2016

Decorative paints

wiki & factsheet

6/3/2014 13/9/2016

11/11/2016

Hot and cold water supply pipes

wiki & factsheet

20/3/2014

29/8/2016

26/9/2016

Household detergents

wiki & factsheet

24/3/2014

6/5/2015

1/7/2016

Intermediate paper product (JRC)

wiki & factsheet

17/3/2014

10/8//2015

27/6/2016

IT equipment

wiki & factsheet

6/3/2014

21/8/2015

24/10/2016

Leather

wiki & factsheet

22/1/2015

2/8/2016

15/9/2016

Metal sheets

wiki & factsheet

7/3/2014

2/6/2015

16/7/2016

Footwear

wiki & factsheet

13/3/2014

29/7/2016

9/9/2016

Photovoltaic electricity generation

wiki & factsheet

9/4/2014

6/9/2016

27/9/2016

Stationery (discontinued)

wiki & factsheet

30/4/2014

 

 

Thermal insulation

wiki & factsheet

15/10/2014

12/9/2016

10/10/2016

T-shirts

wiki & factsheet

14/3/2014

29/7/2016

12/9/2016

Uninterruptible Power Supply

wiki & factsheet

26/2/2014

6/9/2016

27/10/2016

Beer

wiki & factsheet

26/9/2014

2/8/2016

15/9/2016

Coffee (discontinued)

wiki & factsheet

16/10/2014

30/9/2015

 

Dairy

wiki & factsheet

31/10/2014

29/7/2016

9/9/2016

Feed for food-producing animals

wiki & factsheet

28/10/2014

22/7/2016

9/9/2016

Marine fish (discontinued)

wiki & factsheet

20/11/2014

8/3/2016

 

Meat (bovine, pigs, sheep) (discontinued)

wiki & factsheet

19/12/2014

16/12/2015

16/9/2016

Olive oil

wiki & factsheet

30/10/2014

11/12/2015

25/10/2016

Packed water

wiki & factsheet

8/10/2014

28/7/2015

8/9/2016

Pasta

wiki & factsheet

14/11/2014

18/7/2016

30/8/2016

Pet food (cats & dogs)

wiki & factsheet

24/10/2014

26/7/2016

5/9/2016

Wine

wiki & factsheet

25/11/2014

29/7/2016

9/9/2016

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Organisation Environmental Footprint pilots

Each OEFSR contains a set of rules on how to measure the life cycle environmental performance of the organization in scope. Comments to the documents can be provided through the Environmental Footprint Wiki.

To access the wiki, please create an external ECAS account and then sign up as stakeholder to the pilots that are of interest to you (see instructions).

 

First consultation

Second consultation

Consultation on the draft final OEFSR

Retail

21/2/2014
Additional online consultation until 20/5/2014

27/5/2015

26/9/2016

Copper production (JRC)

10/3/2014

1/6/2015

22/7/2016

A 3rd pilot on household sanitary goods and toiletries had been selected to be led by the EC Joint Research Centre. However, the European Commission decided to stop this OEFSR pilot as it became progressively evident that the pilot was not sufficiently backed by the major producers and the relevant European associations. Considering that the Commission position about this exercise has always been not to impose anything to industry but rather to help addressing needs on their side, the pilot is stopped starting from 7/4/2014.

E-learnings

The Environmental Footprint Helpdesk developed 3 e-learning tools for interested pilots. The aim of the tools is to help companies understand the Environmental Footprint and the type of information they will find in PEFCRs/OEFSRs. The e-learnings were prepared based on the draft PEFCRs/ OEFSRs.

Intermediate paper product PEFCR

E-learning in English
E-learning in French
E-learning in German

Footwear PEFCR

E-learning in English
E-learning in French
E-learning in German

Retail OEFSR

E-learning in English
E-learning in French
E-learning in German

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Communication phase

One of the objectives of the EF Pilots is to test different communication vehicles to convey environmental footprint information. A background document was prepared by the Commission to help testers with carrying out communication tests.

Download the final report on the assessment of different communication vehicles for providing Environmental Footprint information (2018).

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SME Tools

The European Commission initiated a contract for the proof-of-concept of software tools for SMEs to provide information on their environmental performance. The tools will be shaped around 4 pilot cases :PEFCR beer, PEFCR leather, PEFCR olive oil and PEFCR T-shirt. The tools will have to accessible to non-experts, be simple and attractive to use.

On the 28th of March 2014 a webinar took place to consult on the software concept.

A webinar was held on the 3rd of December on the prototype. The prototype shows the basic functionalities of the software, it is not yet possible to carry out any EF calculations and it is not yet adapted to any PEFCR or OEFSR.

The SME tool will be further developed as soon as the final PEFCRs will be available. We expect the tools to be ready during the first half of 2018.

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Verification

The European Commission commissioned a study to support the task of developing appropriate compliance system(s) / mechanism(s) for PEF and OEF. The operational objectives of the study were to 1) review and describe existing compliance systems used for mandatory or voluntary policy tools used for products or organisations, for which embedded/indirect impacts are considered; 2) define and characterise various options for compliance systems; 3) assess the estimated costs of compliance of selected options and the estimated reliability rate of selected options, and 4) provide recommendations on the most suitable option for PEF/OEF declarations.

 

Different approaches to verification were tested during the Environmental Footprint pilot phase. The audit approaches were:

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EF compliant datasets

The European Commission launched a number of contracts with the goal to provide Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) datasets. The user of these datasets is allowed to use, reproduce and adapt the datasets for all media and using all channels, methods and processes, whether known or unknown on the date hereof, including for derivative use as part of the datasets to be used in the 26 PEFCRs/OEFSRs developed during the environmental footprint pilot phase, , or in the context of a contract with the European Commission.

The reproduction right includes the right to reproduce all or part of the datasets on all current and existing media and, in particular:

  • The right to digitize the datasets, to save them on all media, to modulate, compress, decompress or use all other technical processes of the same type with regard to the digitized datasets for the purpose of the storage, transfer, IT processing, adaptation and/or use thereof.

The adaptation right granted includes the right to modify, reformat, extract or incorporate the datasets or any part thereof, assemble and incorporate the datasets, or any isolated component or part thereof, in any other work or document, by any means and using any technical or artistic process.


Said granting of rights shall be valid for the entire world and till 31st December 2020.


Energy and transport datasets: can be downloaded here.

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Reports on the pilot phase

Several reports were carried out on the specific activities within the pilot phase. The following reports are available:

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Documents and links