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Resource Efficiency

DG Environment seeks volunteers to help develop specific product environmental footprint category rules

Open until 26 July 2013

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, is inviting companies, and industrial and stakeholder organisations in the EU and beyond to participate in the development of methods to measure the environmental performance of products and organisations. Read more…

Providing consumers with reliable and comparable information about the environmental impacts and credentials of products and organisations will enable them to choose the most resource-efficient and environmentally friendly products. In April 2013, the EU launched its ‘Single Market for Green Products Initiative’ and is proposing two EU-wide methods – the product environmental footprint (PEF) and the organisation environmental footprint (OEF) – to measure the environmental performance of products and organisations. The Commission believes that these two non-legislative proposals will contribute towards the implementation of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, in particular the section related to sustainable consumption and production.

A three-year testing period has now been launched to develop environmental footprint (EF) product and sector-specific rules through a multi-stakeholder process based on a number of pilots. The Commission has issued an open call for volunteers to undertake a 1st wave of pilots. The call is aimed at stakeholders who want to propose a product category for which specific product environmental footprint category rules can be developed. This is a unique opportunity to provide input and shape the product rules, together with other sector players and key stakeholders. The deadline for applications is the 26 July 2013.

Find more info:

DG Environment website: Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

Communication on Building the Single Market for Green Products

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