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Environmental Footprint News

30 November 2018

The European Commission launched an open consultation on a product policy framework for the circular economy. The consultation also contains a section dedicated to the Environmental Footprint. It is open until the 24th of January 2019.

For the moment, the open consultation is only available in English – more language versions will become available soon.

Participate in the public consultation


9 November 2018

The European Commission launched a series of targeted consultation on potential policy applications for the Environmental Footprint methods.

They were developed for:

The deadline for providing answers is 18/12/2018. Please provide your input by following the links in the list above according to the stakeholder group you represent.

These targeted questionnaires are additional to the open public consultation on the product policy framework (to be published soon), which will also contain a section on the Environmental Footprint.


25 September 2018

The Sustainable Consumption and Production expert group’s sub-group on the Environmental Footprint transition phase will provide expertise and advice to the Commission. A call for additional members is open until the 23th of October to recruit new members representing the following sectors:

  1. Apparel & footwear
  2. Beverages
  3. Chemistry based final products
  4. Construction products
  5. Electrical & electronics
  6. Food products (including products not for human consumption)
  7. Materials and intermediate products
  8. Energy production and transmission


18 September 2017

The European Commission initiated a study to understand the evolution of the market of products with environmental labels and/or those that communicate such a message.

The study found that sales in these categories grew in 2015-16. The report confirmed that environmental awareness is now widely accepted, with sustainable products moving into the mainstream and with brand manufacturers reacting to consumer demand in this area. The countries included in the analysis are France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden.


20 June 2016

At the Steering Committee of 1-2 June 2016 the marine fish pilot announced that regrettably they would not be able to finish the pilot in compliance with the PEF pilot guidance on time. The pilot intends to present a report on the preliminary results of the pilot as a basis for further work in the future. One of the stumbling blocks was the lack of secondary data for marine resources production systems. The Norwegian Seafood Federation is planning, in co-operation with European institutes, to carry out a project to establish a Life Cycle Inventory Database to cover this gap.


18 May 2016

The European Commissions' Joint Research Centre is working on an update of Life Cycle Impact Assessment methods on resources, water and land use. The results of this work will be used during the update to the Product Environmental Footprint and Organisation Environmental Footprint Guides.

You can send written feedback on the draft to the e-mail address until the 2nd of June 2016.

The Joint Research Centre will take into account the input received when formulating the final recommendations. Please note that it will not be possible to provide answers to the comments provided.


12 May 2016

We are organising a workshop on the Environmental Footprint End of Life (EoL) formula. The aim of the workshop is to get to a final formula based on the experiences during the Environmental Footprint pilot phase.

The first round of discussions will take place on the 3rd of June in Brussels (Charlemagne building of the European Commission, rue de la Loi, 170). This session will be dedicated to exploring the principles and elements that need to be captured in the final solution and set out the steps needed to finalise the formula. The finalisation of the formula will be discussed at a second round of discussions on the 8th of September 2016.


3 March 2016

We are about to launch a call for tender for the acquisition of market data for selected product categories - data on full product category and share of products with environmental features.

You can express your interest to participate by writing to by 16 March 2016.

Read the draft tender specification.

See the full notice.

14 September 2015

Registration is open for the mid-term Environmental Footprint conference. The conference will take place on the 3-4 November 2015 in Brussels.

Read the preliminary programme and further details.


28 August 2015

A call for expressions of interest was published to establish a list of vendors for the provision of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) compliant Life Cycle Inventory Datasets. Calls for specific datasets will be issued to the vendors that are registered on the list.

The purpose is to select interested parties who may be called on to provide the EC with product environmental footprint (PEF)-compliant life cycle inventory (LCI) datasets to be used in product environmental footprint category rules (PEFCRs) and organisation environmental footprint sector rules (OEFSRs) developed in the context of the environmental footprint pilot phase.

See all details.


11 August 2015

We have been informed that SOfEA, the coordinator of the PEFCR pilot on stationery has announced the discontinuation of the pilot. The pilot was put on hold last year due to a change in co-ordination between UFIPA and SOfEA and re-started activities in January 2015. However, due to organisational challenges for the pilot a continuation was no longer deemed feasible. The preparative work completed by the pilot on the scope and representative product remains available on the stationery stakeholder workspace of the EF Wiki.


9 April 2015

The pilots are starting to consult on the first draft of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rule (PEFCR). Each consultation is open for 4 weeks on the Environmental Footprint Wiki. You need to sign up as stakeholder in order to be able to access the documents and provide comments (Read registration instructions).

The drafts currently open for consultation are Liquid laundry detergents (until the 6th of May) and Hot and cold water supply pipes (until the 7th of May).


20 January 2015

A workshop was held on the 15th of January discussing USEtox.

Download the presentations.


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) 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 EF pilots page.

2 proposals were related to OEF (dairy and tea) and both were proposed to be led by the European Commission. Unfortunately none of these could be selected due to the nature of the proposals and the limited resources available in the European Commission to take up leadership for these pilots.

Table 1: Distribution of PEF/OEF pilot applications


PEF - as Technical Secretariat

PEF - no Technical Secretariat

OEF - as Technical Secretariat

OEF - no Technical Secretariat


Number of proposals












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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