Title: The European Commission Organisation Environmental Footprint method: comparison with other methods, and rationales for key requirements
Authors: PELLETIER NATHANIELALLACKER KAREN JOSEEPANT RanaMANFREDI SIMONE
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Publisher: SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC73971
ISSN: 0948-3349
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11367-013-0609-x
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC73971
DOI: 10.1007/s11367-013-0609-x
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: PURPOSE: The European Commission (EC) is currently developing a reference methodology for organisation environmental footprinting (OEF) in support of improving the sustainability of production and consumption. This methodological development is guided by four core criteria. Specifically, the methodology will provide for a (1) multi-criteria, (2) life cycle-based approach that considers all organisational and related activities across the value chain, (3) provides for reproducibility and comparability over flexibility, and (4) ensures physically realistic modelling. METHODS: Here, we review a subset of existing organisation environmental footprinting methods. We identify key areas of convergence and divergence between these methods, and the extent to which the methodological specifications they provide satisfy the four aforementioned criteria for a harmonised EC OEF methodology. On this basis, we specify where the EC OEF method must necessarily diverge from and/or go beyond the reviewed methods. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: We specify recommended methodological norms for, among other things, definition of the unit of analysis (the organisation) and reference flow; organisation and analytical boundaries; cut-off criteria; impact categories and models; allocation solutions; and data quality management. We further provide a rationale for the recommended alternative requirements to be adopted for EC OEF compliant studies. CONCLUSIONS: The final EC OEF methodology is foreseen to be made public in 2013.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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