Product environmental footprinting - the new European standard

Join the future of sustainability and start using the Product Environmental Footprints (PEF) method. Unlike a carbon or water footprint, which measures only one thing, an environmental footprint is a useful multi-indicator measure of your impacts. With Product Environmental Footprint studies, you can identify trade-offs and make even better strategic decisions.

Product Environmental Footprint Standard - European Commission


Product Environmental Footprint consultancy

PEF studies are very new. Our Product Environmental Footprint consultancy is here to support you. For instance, by doing PEF studies for your products, so you know where you stand. Or by helping you build in-house PEF capacity and reviewing your initial PEF studies. If you want to do even more with PEF, we can support you in developing PEF category rules (PEFCR) for your products or doing an environmental footprint of your entire organisation.


Gain competitive advantage with European benchmarking

The rules for PEF studies were developed by the European Commission, so you can use your PEF results to compare your products to similar products or to the European benchmark. This gives you competitive advantage and credibility.


Science-based assessment

The Product Environmental Footprint methodology is based on LCA, so it is robust and science-based. Like a regular LCA, a PEF study measures all quantifiable environmental impacts over the life cycle of your product, including emissions to water, air and soil, resource use and depletion, and impacts from land and water use. However, it has more stringent rules than a regular LCA and may have product category-specific rules, all determined by the European Commission. Therefore, PEF studies are more robust, and can be compared if they consider the same product group.

The result: robust results that are aligned with the European standards and can be used for product benchmarking.


Our expertise in PEF

PRé’s consultants have been working with the European Commission on PEF development for years. We have also enabled our LCA software SimaPro to perform studies compliant with PEF and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) rules. Read more about our in-depth PEF expertise in our customer cases: 

  • PRé was part of the Technical Helpdesk for the PEF Initiative during the pilot phase of four and a half years. PRé also coordinated all training activities of the PEF pilot phase and gave both pilot-specific and general training. Read more. 

  • PRé contributed to the creation of EF-compliant datasets, the official secondary data needed to conduct a PEF study.

  • Part of the European Commission’s PEF initiative is a comprehensive test of the PEF rules it developed with real products. PRé and Ecomatters reviewed 40 studies, uncovering useful information that helped the European Commission EF initiative to refine the rules. Read more.

  • A large construction trade association was interested in comparing PEF and EPD, two standardise approaches, to improve its reporting. PRé did PEF studies on two products and compared the results to EPDs based on the EN 15804 standard. Read more.

  • During the PEF pilot phase, PRé led the consortium developing the models of average European products and organisations.

  • As part of the SwitchMed initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), PRé helped the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in the Southern Mediterranean region by raising awareness of how the PEF system could help improve their position on the European market. Through pilot studies, we managed to create local PEF capacity and facilitated companies to create PEF-compliant reports about their products. This way, the region is also better prepared for potential policy changes due to PEF. Read more.


Join the training or contact us to get ready for PEF

Do you want to learn more about how we can support your PEF-related activities? Please contact Marisa Vieira or Laura Golsteijn or fill in the form below.

You can also join our PEF training course and get the skills to conduct your own PEF study independently.

 Join our PEF training

"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

"Introducing PEF studies in the industry in Egypt was a new and challenging experience not only for the companies but for the consultants, too, including myself. However, it was a well-done mission thanks to the excellent support of PRé Consultants, specifically Mark and Marisa. I am looking forward to more future collaboration in similar studies."

Dalia Nakhla, PEF Consultant, Egypt


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Marisa Vieira
Marisa Vieira
Principal Consultant
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