1. Call for Volunteers for the upcoming EU pilot projects on PEF and OEF

    May 30, 2013

    The Call for Volunteers for the upcoming EU pilot projects on Product and Organisational Environmental Footprinting has been published today.

    The call is addressed to stakeholders who want to propose a product /sector for which to develop specific Environmental Footprint Rules (so called Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRS) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSRs). Stakeholder can also volunteer to be a leader of a pilot on a specific product / sector.

    The EF pilot phase aim to test:

    • a process for the development of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) and Organisation Environmental Footprint Sector Rules (OEFSR). These are product group and sector-specific rules for calculating Product Environmental Footprints and Organisation Environmental Footprints;
    • the development of a “product benchmark” for a given product group or an “organisation benchmark” for a given sector;
    • the application of PEFCRs and OEFSRs to concrete cases;
    • different compliance and verification systems, in order to set up such systems in a proportionate, effective and efficient way;
    • how to communicate life cycle environmental performance information to various target audiences (e.g. PEF information through business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication tools; OEF information in sustainability reporting)

    The PEFCRs resulting from the EF pilot phase will become the product rules valid under the PEF, to be used by all stakeholders in the sector in the EU or internationally who decide to measure the performance of their products based on PEF.

    Please note that this call is not open for food/feed/drink products sector. A dedicated call for these products and sectors will be open in 2014.

    It is not necessary to fill in the application form at this stage in case your objective is to be involved in the consultation process that will be organised for each pilot. Once the final decision is taken on which products / sectors to establish a pilot, the list will be communicated through the Commission website by the end of September 2013 and a specific registration mailbox will be made available by the European Commission.

    All documents can be found on the European Commissions website on the Communication on “Building the Single Market for Green Products”. Application deadline is 26th July 2013 at 17:00 CET

    More background information is available through the presentations and video recordings at the PCF World Forum PEF Policy Conference that we hosted in Berlin in April.


  2. Sixty Corporations begin roadtesting of new WRI / WBCSD Product Life Cycle and Scope 3 standards

    January 26, 2010

    Sixty corporations today begin measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of their products and supply chains by road testing a new global framework that is part of the GHG Protocol Product and Supply Chain Initiative.

    Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the two new GHG Protocol standards – the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Scope 3 (Corporate Value Chain) Accounting and Reporting Standard – provide methods to account for emissions associated with individual products across their life-cycles and of corporations across their value chains.

    GHG emissions across a product's life cycle

    GHG emissions across a product's life cycle

    While many companies have been measuring the emissions from their own operations and electricity use, the Scope 3 Standard will  allow companies to look comprehensively at the impact of their corporate value chains, including outsourced activities, supplier manufacturing, and the use of the products they sell. Road testers of the Product Standard will measure the climate change impact of products ranging from magazines, food and jeans to computers, wind turbines and steel.

    The draft standards were developed over the last year through a global, collaborative multi-stakeholder process, with participation from representatives from industry, government, academia and non-governmental organizations. The road testing process should provide real-world feedback to ensure the standards can be practically implemented by companies and organizations from a variety of sectors, sizes, and geographic areas around the world. The final standards are scheduled to be published in December 2010.

    Companies participating in the road testing represent 17 countries from every continent and more than 20 industry sectors. The companies include: 3M Company; Acer Inc.; Airbus S.A.S.; AkzoNobel; Alcan Packaging; Alcoa; Autodesk, Inc.; Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.; BASF SE; Belkin International; Bloomberg LP; BT Plc; CA, Inc.; Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG; Colors Fruit SA (Pty) Ltd.; Deutsche Post AG; DuPont; Eclipse Networks (Pty) Ltd.; Ecolab; The Estee Lauder Company; Ford Motor Company; General Electric; U.S. General Services Administration; Highways Agency (UK); Hydro Tasmania; IBM; IKEA; Italcementi Group; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Kraft Foods; Lenovo Corporation; Levi Strauss & Co.; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation; National Grid; Natura Cosméticos; New Belgium Brewing Co.; Otarian; Pinchin Environmental Ltd.; PricewaterhouseCoopers (Hong Kong); Procter & Gamble Eurocor; Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.; Rogers Communications, Inc.; SAP AG; SC Johnson; Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing Co., Ltd.; Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd; Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola Bottling Partner); TAL Apparel Limited; Tech-Front (Shanghai) Computer Co., Ltd./Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City; Tennant Company; Veolia Water; VT Group Plc; Webcor Builders and WorldAutoSteel.