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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

A series of stakeholder consultation meetings are starting in Brussels on the dates below for two pilots in the first wave (leather and thermal insulation) and for the pilots from the 2nd wave. Issues discussed at this meeting include:

  • 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 are gathered and discussed during the meeting. Comments can be provided in writing through the e-commenting wiki pages for a four-week period. In order to access the consultation, stakeholders must have an ECAS account (instructions for registration), sign up as stakeholders for the pilot(s) they are interested in and use the registration forms on the stakeholder pages for the meeting.


EF pilots of the 1st wave

These pilots started on the 1st of November 2013, with the exception of leather and thermal insulation, for which a starting date in June 2014 was agreed, in order to exploit synergies with food-related pilots.

The links in the table below lead to factsheets on the pilots, stating the scope of the project and the companies participating in the Technical Secretariat. For the pilots that already had their consultations, you can find the approved scope and representative product documents on the EF Wiki. These pilots are preparing the 1st draft of the PEFCR. Open consultations are also listed below. Comments can be provided via the EF Wiki..

Date of 1st consultation meeting

Virtual consultation open until

Batteries and accumulators

25 February 2014


Decorative paints

6 March 2014


Hot and cold water supply pipes

20 March 2014

7 May 2015

Household detergents

24 March 2014

6 May 2015

Intermediate paper product (JRC)

17 March 2014


IT equipment

6 March 2014



22 January 2015


Metal sheets

7 March 2014

2 June 2015

Non-leather shoes

13 March 2014

25 May 2015

Photovoltaic electricity generation

9 April 2014

19 July 2015


30 April 2014


Thermal insulation

15 October 2014



14 March 2014


Uninterruptible Power Supply

26 February 2014



EF pilots of the 2nd wave

These pilots started on the 2nd of June 2014. The links in the table below lead to factsheets on the pilots, stating the scope of the project and the companies participating in the Technical Secretariat. Details on the meetings and draft documents will be published on the EF Wiki.

Date of 1st consultation meeting

Virtual consultation open until


26 September 2014



16 October 2014



31 October 2014

26 July 2015

Feed for food-producing animals

28 October 2014



20 November 2014


Meat (bovine, pigs, sheep)

19 December 2014


Olive oil

30 October 2014


Packed water

8 October 2014

24 July 2015


14 November 2014


Pet food (cats & dogs)

24 October 2014



25 November 2014



To comment in writing on the scope & representative product documents, please visit the stakeholder workspace of the specific pilot on the Wiki. Commenting is open for 4 weeks starting from the date when the document was made available on the wiki.

Further consultations and meetings will be announced on the wiki and on this website.

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.


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.


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.

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 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