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Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) News

3 November 2014

Most of the face-to-face consultation meeting on food, drink and feed pilots are completed. Documents regarding the pilots' proposals on scope and representative product are still available for written comments. 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 page.

30 September 2014

On the 6th of October pilots and stakeholders have the opportunity to discuss End of Life (EoL) formulas in Brussels. The aim of the discussion is to put on the table alternative EoL formulas that the pilots plan to test and have a preliminary discussion on their pros and cons

For those who wish to register, please write to env-environmental-footprint(at)ec.europa.eu giving the following details: first name, last name, nationality and e-mail address.

9 September 2014

Consultation meetings are going to start from the end of September for pilots on food, feed and drinks and 2 further pilots from the 1st wave (leather and thermal insulation).

Meeting dates and registration are starting to be available on the Environmental Footprint Wiki. Visit the PEF pilots pages for dates and details.

In case you haven't yet accessed the wiki, please create first an ECAS account (instructions for registration); then sign up as stakeholder for the pilot(s) that you're interested in, and register to meetings through the pilot's pages.

3 June 2014

The selection of proposals for the 2nd wave of Environmental Footprint pilots is now concluded.

The selection was based on criteria such as the capacity of the proponents to involve a representative percentage of the market, the diversity of product groups and the sectors covered (in terms of type of product or sector, whether products are final or intermediate products, environmental impacts, complexity and dynamics of the value chain, etc.), availability of good quality secondary life cycle data, availability of already existing Product Category Rules (PCR) or similar documents. The selection was carried out by a committee composed of policy officers from several Directorates-General of the European Commission.

You may see below the list of pilots selected out of 30 proposals received.

  • Beer, proposed by Brewers of Europe
  • Coffee, proposed by the European Coffee Federation
  • Dairy, proposed by the European Dairy Association
  • Feed for food producing animals, proposed by the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation
  • Fish for human consumption, proposed by the Norwegian Seafood Federation
  • Meat (bovine, pigs and sheep), proposed by the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union
  • Pasta, proposed by the Union of Organisations of Manufacturers of Pasta Products in the EU
  • Packed water, proposed by the European Federation of Bottled Waters
  • Pet food (cats & dogs), proposed by the European Pet Food Industry Federation
  • Olive oil, coordinated by CO2 Consulting S.L.
  • Wine, proposed by the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins

For all of the pilots selected, proponents offered to lead the process of developing the PEFCRs. More details about the pilots are available on the PEF pilots page.

How to participate?

Stakeholders will be able to get involved after the list of selected pilots is published by:

  • applying to the selected Technical Secretariats and join the group, or
  • subscribing as a stakeholder to the Stakeholder Workspace that will be created on the Environmental Footprint wiki, following the process, participating in consultations and delivering comments.

Why participate?

  • 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;
  • Unique possibility to provide input and shape the product rules together with other sector players and key stakeholders;
  • By applying the PEFCR to your products, you have a solid basis to improve the design of your product and communicate its life cycle environmental performance.
  • Explore the potential for using the Envifood protocol in the development of PEFCRs.

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