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The Environmental Footprint transition phase

In the period between the end of the Environmental Footprint pilot phase and the possible adoption of policies implementing the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods, a transition phase is established.

The main aims of the transition phase are to provide a framework for

  • monitoring the implementation of existing Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs);
  • developing new PEFCRs/ OEFSRs;
  • new methodological developments.

The call for volunteers

The Directorate General for the Environment and the Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission (DG ENV and DG GROW) issued a call for volunteers.

The call for volunteers concerned the development of new PEFCRs/ OEFSRs, the full revision of existing PEFCRs/ OEFSRs and the integration of “shadow pilots” (PEFCRs and OEFSR developed outside of the pilot phase in the period 2013-18) among the officially listed ones.

The methodological basis for the transition phase projects are the JRC reports on the PEF method and on the OEF method.

The deadline for applications was the 26th of August 2019 at 17h. The Commission evaluated the proposals, considering the input of the Environmental Footprint sub-group of the Sustainable Consumption and Production expert group.

We provide below a list of the projects for PEFCR development  accepted for the transition phase.

Should you wish to join a project, please contact the coordinator. Please note that Technical Secretariats define their own conditions for participation in a project.

PEFCR / product category

Coordinated by

Apparel (including accessories, dresses, hosiery, underwear, leggings/ tights, baselayer, jacket, jersey, pants, shirts, skirt, socks, sweater and cardigans, swimwear, t-shirt, boots, cleats, court, dress shoes/ heel, other athletic shoes, sandals and sneakers)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Cut flowers and potted plants

Coöperatie Royal FloraHolland U.A.

Flexible packaging (low, medium and high functionality flexible packaging)

Amcor Group GmbH

Synthetic turf

EMEA Synthetic Turf Council (ESTC)

Marine fish (wild caught marine fish and marine fish from marine open net pen aquaculture)

Norwegian Seafood Federation (NSF)

We didn’t receive applications for the development of OEFSRs.
The application package is available for information (download here).

If you have technical questions related to the PEF and OEF methods, please write to

If you have questions on the process, please write to

The EF-subgroup of the Sustainable Consumption and Production expert group

The EF sub-group gives expertise and advice to the European Commission on activities related to the Environmental Footprint transition phase.

An open call for new members was organised to identify organisations that would represent wider economic sectors. The call concerned 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

The results of this call will be available on the Register of Commission expert groups.

The Technical Advisory Board

The aim of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is to discuss methodological issues. Experts wishing to participate in the meetings have to apply for membership through the Register of expert groups.