1. EC publishes list of applications for Environmental Footprint food and drink pilots

    April 7, 2014

    The European Commission just published the list of applications for the Environmental Footprint pilot projects from the food, feed and beverage sector. 30 groups of organisations handed in their applications to become one of the 7-10 pilot projects to test & develop the environmental footprint product category or organisation sector rules (PEFCRs & OEFSRs), which are a specification of the Environmental Footprint Guides.

    The following sectors applied (Source: EC, 2014):


    • beer
    • wine
    • bottled water
    • coffee
    • tea
    • dairy products


    • meat
    • fish
    • uncooked pasta
    • fresh packaged citrus
    • canned fruits and vegetables
    • edible animal fats
    • oil (olive and seed)

    Feed & other

    • animal feed
    • pet food

    Further categories that are relevant for the food & drink sector such as packaging and fertilizer will be integrated in the pilots.


    • Selection of PEF/OEF pilots by 30 April 2014 by the European Commission
    • Presentation of pilots 6-7 May at PEF Food Conference (download programme) by the European Commission and members of the pilots
    • Kick-off food & drink pilots in June 2014


    Programme PEF Food Conference

  2. Preliminary Programme of the PEF Food Conference now online

    February 21, 2014

    We are very happy to announce that the PEF Food Conference, taking place at beautiful peninsula Schwanenwerder 6-7 May 2014, will host the exclusive presentation of the freshly selected EU Environmental Footprint pilot projects for feed, food, drink and related products.

    Have a look at the preliminary programme:

    (Preliminary programme download)

    What else will expect you?

    • Outlook on the upcoming pilot phase by members of the selected pilot groups
    • Contributions by environmental ministries and agencies (EU/non-EU)
    • Leading business perspectives
    • Updates from relevant international sustainability initiatives from the food & beverages sector
    • Discussions on environmental communication and the role of the consumer
    • Workshops and social activities

    Early Bird

    To register via fax, please use this form. To register online, follow this link.

    View this PDF for venue and travel information as well as hotel recommendations.

    Please find more information on the PEF Food Conference here.


  3. Dates:1st series of public consultations for Environmental Footprint Pilots

    February 11, 2014

    The process for the development of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs) forsees a number of consultation processes (physical and web-based). Within the next three months, the first physical consultations will be held in Brussels (find dates below), covering the pilots of the non-food sector. This is an opportunity for interested stakeholders to discuss and comment on the first outputs of the pilots, including:

    • the precise definition of the product group/sector;
    • the results of the analysis of existing Product Category Rules/Organisation Sector Rules to check potential compliance with the requirements of the Product/Organisation Environmental Footprint method;
    • the “representative product or organisation

    Comments regarding these issues will be gathered and discussed during the meeting. Comments can also be provided in writing through the e-commenting wiki pages for a four-week period.

    Stakeholder Consultation Meetings for 2014:

    PEFCR Pilots

    • Batteries and accumulators: 25 February
    • Decorative paints: 6 March
    • Hot and cold water supply pipes: 20 March
    • Household detergents: 24 March
    • Intermediate paper product (JRC): 17 March
    • IT equipment: 6 March
    • Leather   (pilot kicks off in June 2014)
    • Metal sheets: 7 March
    • Non-leather shoes: 13 March
    • Photovoltaic electricity generation: 9 April
    • Stationery: 11 April
    • Thermal insulation (pilot kicks off in June 2014)
    • T-shirts: 14 March
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply: 26 February

    Instructions for registration: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/smgp/pef_pilots.htm

    OEFSR Pilots

    • Retail: 21 February
    • Household sanitary goods and toiletries (JRC): Awaiting confirmation
    • Copper production (JRC): 10 March

    Instructions for registration: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/smgp/oef_pilots.htm

    The consultation meetings are public but registration is required. Only one representative per organisation will be accepted. Places are assigned on a first come/first serve basis (seats available for 40 people).

    The second series of consultations for the non-food pilots are scheduled for spring 2015.





  4. WEBINAR: PEF for Food & Drinks / 30th January 4pm (CET)

    January 29, 2014

    The application process for the 2nd wave of pilot projects for EU Environmental Footprint has just begun. Deadline for applications is 28th March 2014. Organisations from the following areas are invited to submit their application:

    • food,
    • feed,
    • drinks,
    • packaging for food,
    • fertilisers and
    • catering services.

    The required documents can be found at the project website of the European Commission.

    To support your organisation in the decisional process on whether to apply for the pilot phase or not, we invite you to join our next webinar. In this webinar we will provide you with an overview on the PEF/OEF pilot process and explain basic application requirements.  The webinar will be held 30 January, 4 p.m. (CET).

    If you are interested to participate please sign up here. Participation is free of charge.


  5. European Commission issues Call for Volunteers for PEF/ OEF Pilots from the Food Sector

    January 15, 2014

    The European Commission has now issued the Call for Volunteers for environmental footprint pilot projects for food, feed, drink and related products (including packaging).

    Application is open till 28 March, 2014 17h CET.

    At the PEF Food Conference 6 – 7 May in Berlin, selected pilots will be presented.

    The objectives of the 2.5 year environmental footprint pilot phase are to:

    • set up the process of the development of product category and organisation sector rules (PEFCRs and OEFCRs);
    • develop performance benchmarks;
    • test different compliance and verification systems
    • evaluate communication vehicles

    The results will be evaluated internally and by a third party and provide the decisional basis for the implementation in environmental policies.

    All required information and the application forms can be found at the Commission’s project websites for: