Informative Videos on EU Environmental Footprinting Pilot
May 3, 2013
With the publication of the Communication “Building the Single Market for Green Products” and the corresponding Recommendation, EU Environmental Footprinting has reached the next level. It is now being discussed among an increasing number of companies, policy makers, NGOs, LCA practitioners and further stakeholders. Due to the relevance of the issue and to support the upcoming environmental footprinting pilot phase we decided to make two informative sessions of the PEF Policy Conference publicly available.
Follow this link to find the complete videos and slides of:
The European Environmental Footprinting Initiative
EU environmental footprinting: Policy context, rationale and recent decisions | Michele Galatola (DG Environment, European Commission)
PCR and PEFCR development – Outlook on the upcoming EU pilot project
Outlook on the EU pilot and testing project on environmental footprinting and the development of Environmental Footprint Category Rules | Michele Galatola (DG Environment, European Commission)
Technical challenges in the development of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) | Rana Pant (DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission)
Guidance for the development of Product Category Rules | Mark Goedkoop (PCR Guidance Development Initiative)
The call for volunteers and the publication of further details on the PEF Pilot Phase is scheduled for May 2013. On Day 2 of the PEF Policy Conference Michele Galatola (DG Environment/ European Commission) already shared relevant insights on how the pilot phase will look like. In his presentation Michele refers inter alia to the groups and organisations that are allowed to apply, explains the governance structure of the pilot and describes how representativeness of PEF Category Rules can be secured.
Today, Michele Galatola from DG Environment, European Commission, elaborated on the recently published Environmental Footprinting Methodology. This included insights on expectations and success criteria for the pilot phase as well as possible policy applications. See the entire presentation recorded at the PEF Policy Conference today in Berlin below. Another video on the EU Environmental Footprinting pilot phase will follow tomorrow.
The pilot phase on the development and testing of Product and Organisational Environmental Footprinting Category Rules, benchmarks and communication vehicles is about to start in September 2013 and to be completed 3 years later (find expected timeline below). The outcomes will be used as guidance for the implementation of environmental footprinting for environmental benchmarks and possible consumer information. The European Commission will publish further information soon. At the PEF Policy ConferenceMichele Galatola from DG Environment and Rana Pant from the European Commission Joint Research Center will be able to announce details on the process and discuss technical challenges of the pilot phase. Further information on their presentations can be found in the final programme of the conference.
April 2013 | Publication of open call for volunteers
June 2013 | Expected deadline for applications
July 2013 | Selection of participants completed
September 2013 | Start of 1st wave of pilots
March 2014 | Start of 2nd wave of pilots and start of testing verification processes
January 2015 | Start of tests of communication vehicles
Further additions to the programme:
· Mike Longhurst, representing the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA), will discuss the role of environmental footprinting for sustainability issues in corporate brand development
· Regina Doeller will represent the Japan Business Council for Europe (JBCE) to share observations from Japanese companies on EU Environmental Footprinting.
Programme Update: PEF Policy Conference, 29-30 April 2013
April 19, 2013
At the PEF Policy Conference on 29-30 April 2013 in Berlin we wish to develop an early understanding of open questions, next steps and perspectives from different stakeholders on the future use of the detailed product environmental footprinting methodology and respective policy options. All participants are invited to actively contribute to the open dialogue to sharpen our common understanding of the road ahead.