Supporting the changing sustainability standards in Europe

CASE STUDY | Supporting the European Commission’s product environmental footprint (PEF) initiative, PRé served as technical helpdesk and trainers for the pilot phase of four and a half years, gaining valuable experience in complex alignment projects.

By Marisa Vieira on May 21, 2018

PEF technical helpdesk


Changing the sustainability standards of an entire continent

A project like the Environmental Footprint initiative, which wants to transform and simplify Europe’s approach to sustainability through large-scale methodological reform, needs to invest in long-term, international change. Its pilot phase contained 26 pilot projects in a wide range of products and sectors. They developed rules for developing new PEFCRs and OEFSRs, tested the communication and verification approaches and explored solutions for practical challenges, such as access to and quality of life cycle data, cost-effective verification methods, and communication.


Learning by providing dedicated, expert support

To support this sea-change in sustainability standards across Europe, PRé was part of the technical helpdesk that provided technical support, training, an online working space and much more. This sharpened our consultants’ experience with metrics reviews, methodology development and industry alignment in large-scale, highly diverse international projects – experience that they will bring forward to aid other pioneering organisations in developing metrics and KPIs and getting on board with the changing sustainability standards in Europe and around the world, such as the PEF.


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"The PEF/OEF pilot phase was a big challenge for a small industry like leather, but with the support and assistance provided through the Commission from experts like PRé Sustainability, there was no need to worry!"

Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General, COTANCE

"It was a challenging period but also a very interesting one, and we all learned a lot. It was an honor and pleasure for me to be actively involved in a number of pilots: piping and insulation in buildings, PEF4Buildings and the EF remodeling project. Through this way, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the PRé Consultants team (with Marisa and Eric very specifically) for professionally staffing the EF helpdesk and for managing the remodeling project so well and with the necessary perseverance. Thank you!"

Carolin Spirinckx, Project Manager Sustainable Built Environment, VITO

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“The time of the industrial revolution is over. Now it is time for the green revolution to go full steam ahead! Everybody needs to be involved in this process, therefore I aim to guide individuals and businesses in understanding the trade-offs between impacts. This will help them make informed decisions, which will truly help sustainable living thrive.”

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