Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
Enabling Circular Economy in Europe

Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) - Towards a resource-efficient Europe

The Environmental Footprint (EF) is an initiative of the European Commission, establishing a common methodological approach to quantifying environmental performance of any good or service throughout its life cycle.

The development of the  Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and
Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) was initiated with the aim of developing a harmonized environmental footprinting methodology that can accommodate a broader suite of relevant environmental performance criteria.

The PEF initiative uses life cycle based methodology built on the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook. The ILCD format and nomenclature enable providing interoperable life cycle data thatcan be easily transferred between PEF/OEF practitioners and, more importantly, software systems.

The now ending 2nd pilot phase of the PEF/OEF has seen the development of close to 20 so-called PEFCRs and OEFSRs, rules systems that ensure reproducibility in calculation and reporting of product and organisation specific PEF and OEF results. This is a key step to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in policy context and a competetive market situation.

The PEF/OEF Guides and complementing PEFCR/OEFSR guides provide the method framework for the PEFCR/OEFSR development and for modelling the environmental impacts of the flows of material/energy and the emissions and waste streams associated with specific products and organisations throughout their life cycle.

Aimed at making analysis, reporting and communication of the environmental performance of products and organisations easier, more reliable and more comparable, the EF Initiative is an important next step in applying life cycle thinking and analysis based on the long-established ISO 14040 series. It is more specific, more robust and reproducible, with more stringent data requirements and with a growing base of data made available through the European Commission.

thinkstep is the key data provider delivering the data for more than half the EF mandatory data packages - more than the other 5 providers jointly. thinkstep with its GaBi databases is the go-to contact for data related questions in PEF/OEF context.

thinkstep is leading the consortium of three partners to provide the indispensable technical expert support to the Commission during the now starting transition phase of the PEF/OEF towards policy development. Also, thinkstep is consortium partner in the Remodelling project, delivering the largest share of remodelled official benchmark results of about half of the product groups and organisations of the final PEFCRs and OEFSRs.

Interested businesses can now work with thinkstep anytime during the next three years (the Transition Phase) to facilitate the creation of PEF and OEF studies and development of new PEFCRs and OEFSRs. For more information, contact the consulting services of thinkstep.

The GaBi software family is the globally leading life cycle ad PEF/OEF software, particularly for industry and industry associations worldwide. Calculate the Product or Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) with GaBi Software from thinkstep.

For more information on the PEF/OEF, please visit the website of the EU Initiative.

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