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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 now busy with the screening phase.

Date of 1st consultation meeting

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

Leather

tbd

Metal sheets

7 March 2014

Non-leather shoes

13 March 2014

Photovoltaic electricity generation

9 April 2014

Stationery

30 April 2014

Thermal insulation

tbd

T-shirts

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

Beer

26 September 2014 Register

Coffee

16 October 2014

Dairy

31 October 2014

Feed for food-producing animals

28 October 2014

Fish

tbd

Meat (bovine, pigs, sheep)

tbd

Olive oil

30 October 2014

Packed water

8 October 2014 Register

Pasta

tbd

Pet food (cats & dogs)

24 October 2014

Wine

tbd

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.

 

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.

 

Documents and links