Product Environmental Footprint Consulting Service

A breakthrough development towards a new form of environmental product policy. We support you with all PEF related activities

European Commission‘s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

The Environmental Footprint (EF) is part of the “Single Market for Green Products” initiative of the European Commission which aims at facilitating better information on the environmental performance of products and organizations.

  • Be prepared for upcoming data requirements: GaBi ts and GaBi databases are ready to meet your PEF needs.
  • Understand implications for your business: thinkstep offers a variety of consulting services for PEF.

  • Understand your role in the PEF development: thinkstep supports you in taking the strategic decisions required.
  • Know impacts of your products and potential communication: do a so called „PEF shadow study“.

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Our service will enable you to:

Be prepared for any upcoming data requirements

GaBi ts and GaBi databases are ready to meet your PEF needs. GaBi ts and GaBi data help you to participate in PEF. Moreover, GaBi data, LCIA methods, etc. are upgraded on a yearly basis – you always have the latest information. Free PEF Test kits are published when required, several times per year.

Understand implications for your business

thinkstep offers a variety of services, depending on your business and the current sustainability strategy and maturity. thinkstep is a key consultant for PEF pilot studies and PEFCR supporting studies. We are best positioned to advise you about opportunities and threats for your products.

Understand your role in the PEF development

Whether you are an industry association, a participant in the PEF studies, a manufacturer of affected products, a tier-one supplier or a non-EU country‘s governmental body, thinkstep supports you in taking the strategic decisions required.

Know impacts of your products and potential communication

thinkstep offers customers to do a so called „PEF shadow study“. to understand results and methodological challenges. Do a smart risk management and have your PEF study in advance of your competitors and prepare for any potential communication.

What is a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)?

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) represents a breakthrough development of environmental product policies, with the potential of harmonizing and possibly replacing all kinds of product-related environmental metrics and labels: PEF has the long-term potential to integrate the Eco-design Directive, the EU Energy-label Directive, and EU Ecolabel Regulation, and a few other more specific product policies and serve as an umbrella policy.

Based on the renowned ISO 14040 and ISO14044 standards on Life Cycle Assessment, and mandated by the European Council under the Single European Market Act, the European Commission has developed since 2011 a harmonized methodology for calculating the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF).

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) quantitatively captures relevant environmental impacts of any product (both goods and services) and over its entire life cycle / supply chain.

In order to ease application and further increase reproducibility and comparability of Product Environmental Footprints (PEF) results, Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) are being developed. Each one per product group, based on the common PEF guide rules, and in a stakeholder-driven process. Each of the resulting PEFCRs can be understood as one piece of a puzzle with the economy being the entire puzzle. 24 of these PEFCR developments - ranging from fish to hard disks - are ongoing in a pilot phase that started at the end of 2013 and is expected to deliver early 2017. thinkstep is the official consultant for 4 of these pilots.