Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)


Within the  framework for a Single Market for Green Products Initiative the European Union (EU) wants to provide with the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisational Environmental Footprint (OEF) a range of methods and guides as well as initiatives to prove a products or companies green credentials.

To overcome the current stream of sometimes incomparable and diverse environmental information the Single Market for Green Products proposes the following steps:

  • establishing two methods to measure environmental performance throughout the lifecycle (PEF; OEF)
  • recommending the use of these methods to Member States, companies, private organisations and the financial community through a Commission Recommendation;
  • it announces a three-year testing period to develop product- and sector-specific rules through a multi-stakeholder process;
  • it provides principles for communicating environmental performance, such as transparency, reliability, completeness, comparability and clarity;
  • it supports international efforts towards more coordination in methodological development and data availability.


For the Product Environmental Footprint currently a draft methodology as well as pilots are currently in place (as of Aug 2014).

The draft document which is available as PDF and contains

  • general considerations
  • role of PEF category rules and requirments of developing those rules
  • definition of the scope of the study
  • compiling and recording the resource use and emission profile
  • interpretation of PEF results
  • PEF reports
  • as well as several examples on documentation/data management plans/….

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