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The European Commission’s PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) applied to plastic piping systems



Plastic Pipes Conference Association # 2016 Berlin

Claudia Topalli, Tony Calton

In 2013 The European Commission published in the Official Journal a legislative package consisting of a communication and new methodology to assess the environmental footprint (EF) of products (PEF) and organisations (OEF). Differently from EN 15804, PEF and ISO methods have a horizontal approach which can be applied to all kinds of products, materials and organisations. A 3 years pilot phase was also initiated to test the proposed PEF/OEF methodologies, starting in November 2013 till December 2016 (extended June 2017). PEF is seen in Europe as a game changer because it includes comparisons and benchmarking as one of the main objectives. It will allow comparison and create environmental competitiveness with the development of products with lower environmental impact.

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