Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
In 2013, the European Commission started to develop a methodology for Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) to be eventually used in upcoming policies and legislation on product-related issues as a vital component in its 2020 programme for a “Single Market for Green Products”. The PEF method is based on a number of ISO standards for LCA and EPD. “Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules, PEFCR” are developed for some 25 different product categories as rulebook and pilot studies are now completed and the PEF work has entered a transition phase where all results and experiences gained so far are being evaluated. The developments of PEF have been followed with great interest, also in other countries outside Europe as a possibility to facilitate the comprehensiveness of environmental information of products, especially to end-consumers.
The Commission recently launched a public survey to gather information from industry, practitioners, public administrations and other stakeholders as a part of the transition phase of the PEF methodology. Metsims Sustainability Consulting were one of the key stakeholders to provide valuable feedback. As the developer of LCI and LCA databases such as TLCID and TurCoMDat, as founding member of ECO-Platform-an umbrella organization, as Europe’s leading consultancy on LCA and EPD, Metsims Sustainability Consulting has provided input to improve the application of PEF in Europe and beyond.
The European Standard EN 15804 has the potential to be compatible with PEF so that EPDs in construction sector will be the first to be compliant with PEF. As a consensus achieved methodology with industry and other stakeholders in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), EPDs are considered as a neutral dataset, and should be used when applying any scenarios or benchmarks.
Metsims Sustainability Consulting has been preparing for the PEF with the development of databases, in depth LCA studies in many section of the economy, EPD for many products and services and eco-labelling or individual scenarios with own benchmarks for public and private procurement.