Environmental footprint

Type Expert group
Time period 2014-01-01 - Ongoing

Methods for environmental footprinting of products and services have been and are being developed all over the world. Two methods to measure environmental performance throughout the lifecycle, the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF), has been tested and evaluated. This expert group serves as a forum for dialogue between different stakeholders, e.g. business and government, on a national level.

Background

Companies have implemented LCA for different purposes such as marketing, purchasing, investments and strategies, with the objective to reduce the environmental impact from their products and services. In recent years, life cycle thinking has also been important for public policy-making and in public procurement. Methods for environmental footprinting of products and services have been and are being developed all over the world. In its communication Single Market for Green Products1 (SMGP, April 2013), the European Commission proposed actions to overcome problems on the internal market caused by this proliferation of initiatives. The SMGP established two methods, the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF), and recommends their use by Member States, companies and others. In connection to the launch of the SMGP, a seminar within the Swedish Life Cycle Center resulted in the establishment of an expert group for PEF/OEF methodology discussions.

The group, with partners from Swedish EPA, industry, research institutes and universities, share experiences from working with EU EF methodology and it also supports the Swedish representatives in the EF Steering Committee and in the Technical Advisory Board. Implementation of these kinds of policies are complex processes, and collaboration and discussions between different industry sectors and policy-makers are needed in order to ensure methods and to accelerate sustainable production, consumption, investments and innovations. The PEF/OEF expert group serves as a forum for dialogue between different stakeholders, e.g. business and government, on a national level.

Aim & objectives

Follow, understand and influence the Environmental Footprint guide (PEF and OEF). Exchange information and experience on the methodologies. Give expert support to Steering Committee and Technical advisory board.

Outcomes

Presentations on the European Commission workshop on weighting and on the International conference on Life Cycle Management in Bordeaux 2015

Arrangement of seminars: Morning seminar to give an introduction to the Environmental footprint process, Nordic Environmental footprint workshop, webinars with invited pilots

Discussions on different methodological choices in the guides and how these will affect results

Next step

Follow and influence the transition phase.

Arrange a seminar to give in insight in the result of the pilot phase and give an insight in the upcoming process.

 

Register to the seminar on May 22

Project organisation
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institutes AkzoNobel Chalmers University of Technology Environdec Ericsson Essity Hygiene and Health Jernkontoret KTH Royal Institute of Technology NCC SKF SLU Swedish Environmental Protection Agency The Swedish Forest Industries Vattenfall Volvo Cars Volvo Group Xylem
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