LCA and PEF: support webinars for companies to learn about and understand the two methodologies

Ecology and Environment

Sezione Lino, in collaboration with Centrocot, organized an in-depth seminar on LCA and PEF methodologies, to give companies a greater awareness of what they are and how they work.

Within the transition phase in the process of development and implementation of the Environmental Footprint (EF) methodology, the European Commission has approved, among others, the project for the creation of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) for the Apparel & Footwear sector, coordinated by the Sustanaible Apparel Coalition.

At this time, when the work on the definition of the PEFCRs of category is in progress, companies, through Sistema Moda Italia and at the request of Euratex, are called to give their feedback, in particular on the advantages and problems, about the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) tools.

The webinar aims to provide the basic knowledge of LCA and PEF methodologies, and to explain the importance and contents of PEFCRs, with a focus on the apparel textile sector. In this way, the webinar intends to give useful tools to companies in order to give their contribution, through the means made available by Euratex.

Within the seminar it is explained how to carry out an LCA study and how the aspects related to the life cycle assessment are taken up and integrated within the PEF methodology. Critical points are also highlighted in order to better understand where it is necessary to have a better quality of data and greater attention in order to have a result as robust and representative.

To enrich the picture, a part dedicated to certification schemes based on LCA or PEF methodology is included, in particular the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and the Made Green in Italy mark. The first is a category III label that refers to UNI EN ISO 14025:2010, while the second is an Italian brand endorsed by the Ministry of the Environment that aims to strengthen the image, appeal and communicative impact that distinguishes Italian products (Made in Italy), associating aspects of environmental quality (“green”). In the first case, the reference methodology is the LCA while in the second case it is the PEF. For both certifications it is necessary to develop product category rules, which integrate the general guidelines with specifications at product level.

And category rules are also used for EF (Environmental Footprint) itself, as already mentioned. In fact, their development is discussed in the last part of the webinar. Promoted already by Recommendation 2013/179/EU (Use of common methodologies to measure and communicate environmental performance throughout the life cycle of products and organizations), their relevance within the EF scheme can be summarized in three points:

  • They provide a benchmark for comparison;
  • They identify the main aspects on which to focus the study for a specific product category in order to make studies easier, faster and less costly;
  • They allow comparisons and comparative assertions, both of which are only allowed if PEF studies are conducted in accordance with a PEFCR. A PEF study must be conducted in accordance with a PEFCR if a PEFCR is available for the product in question.

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Author: Michela Secchi

Sustainable Development Dept.