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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 process will be finalised by 31/12/ 2016.

In order to understand the process and its governance, please consult the Guidance for the implementation of the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) during the Environmental Footprint (EF) pilot phase and the Guidance for the implementation of the EU Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) Pilot Projects. The documents provide detailed information on the process of developing PEFCRs or OEFSRs and on the role of different actors throughout the process.

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Product Environmental Footprint pilots

The factsheets state the scope and status of the project, and the companies participating in the Technical Secretariat.

The pilots are consulting on the draft final version of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) in the period between June and September 2016.  This is the last series of stakeholder consultations on these documents.

The PEFCRs contain a set of rules on how to measure the life cycle environmental performance of the product and also describe the communication tests or their results.

The documents are available through the links in the column "Consultation on the draft final PEFCR".

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 factsheets

Date of 1st consultation meeting

Virtual consultation
open until

Consultation on the draft final PEFCR

Batteries and accumulators

25 February 2014

24 August 2015

 

Decorative paints

6 March 2014

30 July 2015

 

Hot and cold water supply pipes

20 March 2014

7 May 2015

 

Household detergents

24 March 2014

6 May 2015

1 July 2016

Download document

Intermediate paper product (JRC)

17 March 2014

10 August 2015

27 June 2016

Download document

IT equipment

6 March 2014

21 August 2015

 

Leather

22 January 2015

9 December 2015

 

Metal sheets

7 March 2014

2 June 2015

16 July 2016

Download document

Footwear

13 March 2014

25 May 2015

 

Photovoltaic electricity generation

9 April 2014

19 July 2015

 

Stationery (discontinued)

30 April 2014

 

 

Thermal insulation

15 October 2014

4 December 2015

 

T-shirts

14 March 2014

7 October 2015

 

Uninterruptible Power Supply

26 February 2014

10 August 2015

 

Beer

26 September 2014

18 October 2015

 

Coffee

16 October 2014

30 September 2015

 

Dairy

31 October 2014

26 July 2015

 

Feed for food-producing animals

28 October 2014

3 October 2015

 

Marine fish (discontinued)

20 November 2014

8 March 2016

 

Meat (bovine, pigs, sheep)

19 December 2014

16 December 2015

 

Olive oil

30 October 2014

11 December 2015

 

Packed water

8 October 2014

24 July 2015

 

Pasta

14 November 2014

20 January 2016

 

Pet food (cats & dogs)

24 October 2014

21 August 2015

 

Wine

25 November 2014

30 January 2016

 

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Organisation Environmental Footprint pilots

The pilots are consulting on the draft final version of the Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs) in the period between June and September 2016. This is the last series of stakeholder consultations on these documents.

The OEFSRs contain a set of rules on how to measure the life cycle environmental performance of the product and also describe the communication tests or their results.

The documents are available through the links in the column "Consultation on the draft final OEFSR".

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).

 

1st consultation

2nd consultation

Consultation on the draft final OEFSR

Retail

21 February 2014
Additional online consultation until 20/05/2014

until 27 May 2015

 

Copper production (JRC)

10 March 2014

until 1 June 2015

22 July 2016

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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.

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.

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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. For now, two of these cases were identified: PEFCR T-shirt and PEFCR beer. 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.

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Compliance

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.

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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 to be used in the Environmental Footprint pilot phase. These LCI datasets can be used by the following parties:

(a) contractors of the Commission as background data for developing other LCI datasets that are foreseen to be listed for mandatory use in the 24 PEFCRs and 2 OEFSRs developed in the context of the Environmental Footprint pilot phase launched by the Commission in 2013, and

(b) any person or entity for implementing and using PEF studies and OEF studies exclusively under the aforementioned 26 PEFCRs/OEFSRs and in accordance with the terms and conditions that may be provided with each dataset. The datasets can be reproduced and adapted for all media and using any channels and methods. The granting of rights is valid for the entire world and till 31st December 2020, free of any charge.

Energy and transport datasets: can be downloaded here.

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Documents and links