Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
Enabling Circular Economy in Europe

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) - Towards a resource-efficient Europe

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is an initiative of the European Commission, establishing a common methodological approach to quantifying environmental performance of a 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
Life Cycle Reference Database (ILCD) Handbook
 and the ILCD format. ILCD format is a set way of providing LCI data such that it can be easily transferred between LCA practitioners and, more importantly, software systems.

Compliance with ILCD format is essential for the creation of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) results so that these can be shared with reviewers, the European Commission, and other stakeholders.

The PEF Guide provides a method for modelling the environmental impacts of
the flows of material/energy and the emissions and waste streams associated with a product throughout its life cycle.

Aimed at making analysis, reporting and communication easier, more reliable and more comparable, the PEF 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, with more stringent data requirements and with a growing base of data made available by the European Commission.

Interested businesses can now work with thinkstep anytime during the next three years (the Transition Phase) to facilitate the creation of PEFs. For more information, contact one of our PEF experts.

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

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