1. Save-the-Date for the Consumer Information Lab, 6 May 2015, Berlin

    March 10, 2015


    6 May 2015, Hotel Palace Berlin

    Europa Center, Budapester Straße 45, 10787 Berlin

    Early Bird



    Time to act is now: collaborative learning to increase green consumption.

    Finding ways to bridge the gaps between complexity of information and environmental awareness and behavior change is critical to increase the adoption of environmentally sustainable behaviors and increase market shares of green products. Various national and international initiatives (public or private) are now increasing their efforts to tackle those challenges. With this increased focus, the timing to now engage and participate in the development process is right.
    The issue will not be solved by environmentalists alone – collaboration with experts from various disciplines is key. To provide this space for interdisciplinary collaboration, last year we established the Consumer Inforamtion Lab  at the PEF Food Conference and ran a second edition jointly with The Sustainability Consortium at the 2nd PEF World Summit/ TSC Member Summit 2014.

    New Target Groups. New Stakeholders. New Constellations.

    At the upcoming Consumer Information Lab, 6 May in Berlin, we dedicate a full conference-day on the topic and bring together experts from multiple areas:

    • behavioral & social science
    • civil sector
    • creative industry
    • marketing and communication
    • environment and sustainability
    • policy-making

    By sharing the different perspectives and combining strengths of various disciplines we jointly identify the key factors of effective environmental communication and discuss approaches and challenges of their implementation. This will be realized in an extended session with presentations, Q&As, best practices and group discussions.

    First speakers.

    Our first confirmed speakers are:

    • Kirsten Brodde, Greenpeace, Campaigner Toxics
    • Sylvain Chevassus, French Ministry of Sustainable Development, SCP Policy Officer
    • Ulf Jaeckel, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Consumer Protection/Product-Related Environmental Protection, Co-lead of the 10 YFP Consumer Information Programme
    • Steffen Gentis, Chief Production Officer, BBDO Group Germany, Communication Network

    Updated information can be found on the event website: http://www.pef-world-forum.org/consumer-information-lab/

    Save-the-date and register now to benefit from the Early Bird Discount (until 2 April).

  2. GHG Protocol releases Guidance for (Green) Electricity Accounting in Corporate Carbon Footprinting

    February 23, 2015

    This year the GHG Protocol released the Scope 2 Guidance for the Corporate Standard to provide clarity on how corporations measure emissions from electricity and energy purchases, including renewable energy. The Scope 2 Guidance amendment gives corporations a common framework to determine how electricity contracts and instruments (such as renewable energy credits) can clearly be accounted for in their GHG inventories. The guidance includes:

      • new requirements
      • enhanced quality criteria; and
      • recommendations for transparently disclosing information about energy purchase.

    Download Scope 2 Guidance

    Dual reporting

    A new requirement is to account and report energy emissions in two ways and label each result according to the method: one based on the location-based method (applying e.g. regional average grid factors), and one based on the market-based method (applying e.g. supplier specific emission factors). For the market-based method defined quality criteria shall be met otherwise other data specified in the Scope 2 Guidance shall be used.

    Dual reporting


    The Scope 2 Guidance was developed following extensive consultation with over 200 representatives from companies, electricity utilities, government agencies, academia, think tanks, industry associations and civil society in over 23 countries. The experience of twelve companies is showcased as case studies, including Facebook, Google, EDF, and Mars.

  3. UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative’s “Hotspots Analysis” now open for public comments

    October 7, 2014

    Hotspots analysis provides a ressource efficient approach to identify and address relevant processes and impacts (on environment, society or other sustainability issues)  in production, manufacturing and supply chains. The approach is already frequently applied in different contexts by a variety of stakeholders including businesses, policy makers or academia. The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative launched its Flagship Project “Hotspots Analysis: mapping of existing methodologies, tools and guidance and initial recommendations for the development of global guidance” with the ultimate aim to produce:

    • a common methodological framework and global guidance for sustainability hotspots analysis;
    • a protocol for the appropriate use and communication of sustainability information derived from hotspots analysis; and,
    • to evaluate and, if possible, implement a range of options to bring together the findings from existing hotspots studies to provide a richer, global picture of sustainability hotspots in the economy and society

    The first phase which included a mapping on existing hotspot methodologies from various applications is almost finished and now open for public comments. The latest version of the report can be reviewed here. To provide feedback please use this online format.

    The comment period closes on 29th October 2014. Publication of the final report is scheduled for December 2014.

    2nd PEF World Summit (268)Mark Barthel, WRAP @ 2nd PEF World Summit: “Global Principles and Practices for Hotspots Analysis”


  4. Photos of the 2nd PEF World Summit are now available

    The 2nd PEF World Summit was a great success! Feel free browsing through our pictures below and resume two days of inspiring discussions and intensive dialogues around the Product Environmental Footprint:

  5. WBCSD releases sector guidance for environmental footprint of chemical products

    October 6, 2014

    Within the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) leading chemical sector companies launched the “Reaching Full Potential” project in 2012/2013. The project aims at supporting value chain collaboration and harmonized approaches to sustainability measurement to trigger the move to more sustainable consumption and production patterns. At last weeks’ 2nd PEF World Summit Andrea Brown of WBCSD and Henk Bosch of DSM presented the recently published “Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products” which provides sector guidance to assess and report on the environmental footprint of products, based on life cycle assessment. The guideline aims at compliance with the requirements of the EU Product Environmental Footprint Guide – differences in the impact assessment (indicators, models or sources) are indicated.

    The guideline is now available here.

    The Reaching Full Potential working group: Aditya Birla Group, AkzoNobel; BASF; DSM; Eastman Chemical; Evonik Industries; Henkel; SABIC; SCG Chemicals Company; Solvay; Mitsubishi Chemical