Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

Centrocot offers its expertise in sustainability and certification for the drafting of technical studies in accordance with PCR in order to obtain EPD labeling.

Recommendation 2013/179/EC officially introduced the Product Environmental Footprint in the European Union, a tool that regulates the calculation, assessment, third party validation and communication to all stakeholders of the environmental footprint of products and services.

The approach defined by the European Commission is based on the LCA and provides companies with a method for quantifying environmental performance through the use of a set of recommended environmental indicators. The latter represent the main categories of environmental impact (greenhouse gas emissions, resource efficiency, water footprint, etc.) that the producer, after validation by a third party, is entitled to use freely for competitive purposes, especially in marketing communication and towards the market. The possible enhancement of the environmental footprint is broad-based: from the indication on the product packaging, up to the use in official documentation to prove compliance with criteria included in calls for tenders for public contracts (so-called Green Public Procurement). The main objective of the Commission Recommendation is to provide both general guidelines for the calculation of PEF and methodological requirements that are as detailed as possible and specific to the product categories (so-called PEFCR – Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules) for carrying out the LCA study, in order to increase the comparability of studies and results made by different analysts on products of the same type. The aim is to provide detailed technical guidance on how to conduct an environmental impact assessment study for a specific product, ensuring the possibility of objective comparison with other products performing the same function. Compared to other standards based on the LCA, their aim is to improve the comparability, reproducibility, coherence, relevance, focus and efficiency of PEF studies.

For the textile sector, PEFCR is currently working on leather, T-shirts and non-leather shoes.

Centrocot offers the possibility to apply the PEF tool by carrying out studies in accordance with the methodology indicated by the European Commission.