Product Environmental Footprint (EU PEF)

Product Environmental Footprint

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a new method for measuring sustainability performance developed by the European Commission in collaboration with companies and sustainability experts. The goal is to make it easier for consumers to understand how environmentally friendly a product, service or company is.

Thus, PEF improves the validity and comparability of environmental performance assessment compared to existing methods. Ultimately, it will lead the EU to strengthen the green alternatives market within the framework of environmental policies.

Product Environmental Footprint and LCA: What Is The Difference? 

Similar to LCA, the PEF methodology is robust and science-based: it measures all environmental impacts on your product’s lifecycle, including emissions to water, air and soil, resource use and depletion, and impacts from land and water use.

However, PEF has stricter rules than a regular LCA and may have product category specific rules, all set by the European Commission. Therefore, PEF assessments are more robust and comparable. This makes PEF more suitable for benchmarking products or services.

PEF Goals 

    • Reducing the negative environmental impact of the production system
    • Optimization of the production process and identification of problem areas
    • Simplifying B2B and B2C communication
    • Dissemination of environmental performance assessment with low expenditures
    • Cost savings in environmental analysis

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