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The Product Environmental Footprint Pilots

Discuss, read documents and provide comments on the Environmental Footprint E-commenting Wiki pages!

Instructions for registration

The work on the first wave of pilots started on the 4th of November 2013. However, for the pilots on Thermal insulation and leather it has been agreed to start the work in June 2014.

A factsheet on each of the ongoing pilots is included (click on the links in the list below).

A series of first stakeholder consultation meetings was organised in Brussels on the dates below for the pilots in the first wave. Issues discussed at this meeting included

  • the precise definition of the product group;
  • the results of the analysis of existing Product Category Rules to check potential compliance with the requirements of the Product Environmental Footprint method;
  • the "representative product", which describes the features of a typical average product sold on the market (see the Guidance document for more details).

Comments regarding these issues were gathered and discussed during the meeting. Comments could also be provided in writing through the e-commenting wiki pages for a four-week period. Stakeholders need to create an ECAS account and fill a survey to get access to pilot workspaces (instructions for registration). Further consultations and meetings will be announced on the wiki and on this website.

EF pilots of the 1st wave

Batteries and accumulators

25 February 2014

Decorative paints

6 March 2014

Hot and cold water supply pipes

20 March 2014

Household detergents

24 March 2014

Intermediate paper product (JRC)

17 March 2014

IT equipment

6 March 2014


(pilot kicks off in June 2014)

Metal sheets

7 March 2014

Non-leather shoes

13 March 2014

Photovoltaic electricity generation

9 April 2014


30 April 2014

Thermal insulation

(pilot kicks off in June 2014)


14 March 2014

Uninterruptible Power Supply

26 February 2014

EF pilots of the 2nd wave

The wiki pages are filled with content and developed further as the PEFCR work progresses. They (will) contain drafts to which comments are collected via the Wiki; they also contain information about meetings and offer spaces for discussion.

The PEFCRs resulting from the EF pilot phase will become the product rules valid under the PEF, to be used by all stakeholders in the sector in the EU or internationally who decide to measure the performance of their products based on PEF.

In order to understand the process and governance of the PEFCR development process, please consult the Guidance for the implementation of the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) during the Environmental Footprint (EF) pilot phase. This document provides detailed information on the process of developing PEFCRs, on testing verification and communication vehicles, and on the role of different actors throughout the process.

newCommunication 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.

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: OEFSR Retail and PEFCR T-shirt from the 1st wave, and another 2 to be chosen from the 2nd wave of pilots. 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.



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.


Documents and links