Title: Developing scientifically-sound Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules: development options, challenges and implications
Citation: Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management – LCM 2013
Publisher: CPM – The Swedish Life Cycle Center, Chalmers University of Technology
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC82127
URI: http://conferences.chalmers.se/index.php/LCM/LCM2013/paper/viewFile/609/210
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The Environmental Footprint (EF), launched by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in cooperation with Directorate-General for the Environment, provides general guidance for comprehensive, scientifically-sound and consistent environmental assessment of products and organisations. The aim of the EF is to ensure science-based decision support for industry and policy making. To make the general-level rules of the EF more relevant and applicable to specific product categories and sectors, the EF guides provide requirements to develop the so called PEF Category Rules (PEFCRs) and OEF Sector Rules (OEFSRs). PEFCRs and OEFSRs are seen as corner stones for consistent and robust assessments instrumental to specific environmental communication forms, namely business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) intended to be used for comparisons. The focus of this paper is on the key challenges in developing PEFCRs.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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