1. Webinar: Consumer Information in EU PEF with Imola Bedo, European Commission

    September 10, 2014

    One of the main aims of the EU Environmental Footprint initiative is to provide a comprehensive tool for environmental product information and allow the consumer to make informed choices. Within the ongoing pilot phase, communication vehicles to convey environmental information (B2B & B2C) are tested for their implementation and evaluated for their effectiveness. Those communication vehicles go far beyond on-pack labelling and include:

    • barcodes,
    • on-shelf information,
    • instruction manuals,
    • consumer receipts,
    • websites and apps,
    • campaigns,
    • sustainability rankings,

    The testing process is starting very soon and is an opportunity to explore new ways of consumer information, that effectively lead to a reduction of environmental impacts of consumption.

    To inform you about this upcoming phase we invited Imola Bedo from the Environmental Footprint Team at DG Environment for a joint webinar:

    Consumer Information
    in the
    EU Environmental Footprint Process & Worldwide

    16 September 2014, 4pm – 5pm CEST

    Presenters:

    Imola Bedo, European Commission, DG Environment

    Jan Christian Polanía Giese, PEF World Forum

    Additionally there will be updates about relevant national & international initiatives on environmental consumer information.

    To join this free webinar sign up here.

    We look forward to meet you online!

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  2. Share your thoughts: Do we really need PEF?

    September 8, 2014

    As preparation of a debate with Michele Galatola, EC, DG Environment (PRO) and Matthias Finkbeiner, Technical University Berlin (CONTRA) we would like to get a better picture of your concerns/hopes in the discourse. The debate will take place at the 2nd PEF World Summit (1-2 October, Berlin).

    Background:
    Currently hundreds of organisations are developing specific rules for various product categories – testing the applicability of the product environmental footprint (PEF) method in a 3 year pilot process. The aim of the EU Environmental Footprint Initiative is to provide a basis for potential future environmental policies based on a life cycle approach. Instead of welcoming this initiative several LCA experts regard environmental footprinting rather as a threat, undermining the credibility of life cycle analysis. Supporters see the initiative as an enabler for efficient decision-making and effective environmental communication. What is your opinion?

    Share your thoughts: polania[at]thema1.de

    Articles on PEF discussion:

    Contra

    Pro


  3. Agenda for the 2nd PEF World Summit (1-2 October 2014) now finalized

    September 3, 2014

    2nd PEF World Summit, 1-2 October 2014, Berlin

    PEF World Forum and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) decided to join forces and hold their major events the 2nd PEF World Summit and the TSC Member Summit 2014  at the same location back-to-back with joint sessions and receptions.

    On 1 October there will be collective sessions focusing on the EU Environmental Footprint (PEF and OEF) initiative, the first outcomes after one year of piloting, leading business perspectives and new ways of consumer communication. Additionally, motivation and practical experience from TSC, PEF World Forum and its members will be discussed. Furthermore there will be sessions with first hand information from:

    • PEF piloting companies,
    • elaborators of chemical sector product LCA guidance,
    • experts in biodiversity and animal welfare.

    The 2nd conference day, 2 October, covers international harmonisation of environmental footprinting and its implications for trade and clarification on green electricity accounting. The conference closes with a debate on the opportunities and threats of Environmental Footprinting:

    Prof. Matthias Finkbeiner, Technical University Berlin
    leading LCA expert and advisor to the German government

    versus

    Michele Galatola, European Commission
    leading the activities of the EU Environmental Footprint Pilot

    Find the complete agenda here:

    The programme as downloadable pdf: 2nd_PEF_World_Summit_2014_09_05_programme.

     

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    Speakers

    • Andrea Bolhuis, Specialist Product Sustainability, Ahold
    • Andrea Brown Smatlan, Director Chemicals, WBCSD
    • Anja von Moltke, Economic Affairs Officer, UNEP
    • Arne Daneels, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Environmental Dep. Flemish Government:
    • Bernard Pruvost, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé Waters
    • Carmel McQuaid, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer
    • Chien-Jen Shih, TEMA (Taiwan Environmental Management Association)
    • Christophe Garnier (tbc), Environmental Standardization and Alliances Manager, Schneider Electric
    • Claudia Topalli, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs Manager, TEPPFA (The European Plastic Pipes and Plastic Fittings Association)
    • Daniel Hires, Project Manager Data Innovation, CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project )
    • Emilie Carasso, Regulatory Affairs Officer, CEPE (Paints, printing inks & artists’ colours Europe)
    • Felix Teillard, Technical Secretary Biodiversity, FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership
    • Henk Bosch, Competence Leader LCA, DSM
    • Jacob Bilabel, Chair Consumer Information Lab, THEMA1
    • Jason Ord, EMEA Energy Manager, Hewlett-Packard
    • Jim Fava, Chief Sustainability Strategist, Life Cycle Initiative & PE International
    • Kara Mergl, US Manager for Corporate Engagement, World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA)
    • Karen Hamilton, Vice President Sustainability, Unilever
    • Karin Sanne, Climate Change Manager, AkzoNobel
    • Manuel Gómez Peña, Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart
    • Mark Barthel, Special Adviser and Head of Design, WRAP
    • Mark Stalmans (tbc), Scientific External Relations, Procter & Gamble 
    • Mary Sotos (tbc), Project Lead, WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol
    • Matthias Finkbeiner, Chair of Sustainable Engineering, Technical University Berlin
    • Michele Galatola, Product Team Leader, European Commission, DG Environment
    • Olivier Jan, Executive Director, BIO by Deloitte
    • Osamu Namikawa, Environment Policy Division, Hitachi
    • Rachel Goldstein, Global Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Sustainability, Mars
    • Rana Pant, Scientific Technical Project Officer, European Commission, DG JRC
    • Sheila Bonini, CEO, The Sustainability Consortium
    • Sylvain Chevassus, SCP Policy Officer, French Ministry for Sustainable Development:
    • Ulf Jaeckel, Head of Division “Sustainable Consumer Protection, Product-related Environmental Protection”, German Federal Ministry for Environment

  4. 2nd PEF World Summit: Speaker Update #2

    July 28, 2014

    The 2nd PEF World Summit will take place 1-2 October 2014 in Berlin.

    For further information please refer to the 2nd PEF World Summit webpage.

    Registration is possible  here.

    Keynote

    • Karen Hamilton, Vice President Sustainability, Unilever

    Environmental Footprinting: Experience & Discussion

    • Michele Galatola, Product Team Leader, European Commission, DG Environment: summarizing 1st year of Environmental Footprint Piloting & outlining the role of communication
    • Rana Pant, Scientific Technical Project Officer, European Commission, DG JRC: clarifying the role of comparability in the Environmental Footprint Initiative
    • Matthias Finkbeiner, Chair of Sustainable Engineering, Technical University Berlin: highlighting & discussing the challenges of the Environmental Footprint Pilot
    • Claudia Topalli, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs Manager, The European Plastic Pipes and Plastic Fittings Association (TEPPFA): introducing to the hot & cold water supply PEF pilot & disussing relation to EN 15804
    • Christophe Garnier (tbc), Environmental Standardization and Alliances Manager, Schneider Electric: describing the first lessons learned in the development of category rules for uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units
    • Bernard Pruvost, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé Waters: describing business perspectives on environmental footprinting in the food sector and beyond
    • Osamu Namikawa, Environment Policy Division, Hitachi: providing insights on the IT Equipment PEF pilot project
    • Emilie Carasso, Regulatory Affairs Officer, CEPE (Paints, printing inks & artists’ colours Europe) : updating on the PEF pilot for decorative paints
    • Felix Teillard, Technical Secretary Biodiversity, FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership: contributing to the integration of biodiversity in environmental assessment

    The Work of The Sustainability Consortium

    Business perspectives on carbon and environmental footprinting

    • Andrea Brown Smatlan, Director Chemicals, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD): introducing to the life cycle metrics for chemical products guidance
    • Henk Bosch, Competence Leader LCA, DSM: presenting joint approaches from the chemical sector in LCA and its relation to PEF
    • Anja von Moltke, Economic Affairs Officer, UNEP: discussing environmental footprinting and implications for trade
    • Chien-Jen Shih, TEMA (Taiwan Environmental Management Association): delivering the perspective of Taiwanese companies on environmental footprinting and labelling
    • Jason Ord, EMEA Energy Manager, Hewlett-Packard: presenting the PAIA carbon footprint tool

    Consumer Information – Reloaded

    • Ulf Jaeckel, Head of Division “Sustainable Consumer Protection, Product-related Environmental Protection”, German Federal Ministry for Environment: introducing to the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme
    • Sylvain Chevassus, SCP Policy Officer, French Ministry for Sustainable Development: providing expertise from French experience in consumer information
    • Arne Daneels, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Environmental Dep. Flemish Government: informing on the ‘perspectives of action’ consumer information programme for the food sector
    • Jacob Bilabel, Chair Consumer Information Lab, THEMA1: connecting the dots between environmental information and marketing
    • Mark Stalmans (tbc), Scientific External Relations, P&G: discussing the role of consumer behaviour and sustainable washing

  5. Preliminary Programme – Joint PEF & TSC Summit

    June 26, 2014

    The joint preliminary programme of the 2nd PEF World Summit & the Fall 2014 TSC Members Summit taking place from 30 September until 02 October 2014 in Berlin is now available online!
    It can be reviewed and downloaded in the following:


    The preliminary programme as downloadable PDF.
    Please note: The Super Early Bird registration is only available until coming Monday, 30th of May 2014 via the PEF tickets shop.
    For more detailed information on the summit, please view the 2nd PEF World Summit webpage.