What is the value of the PEF and PEFCR?
There is a plethora of methodologies, certifications, and product labels used in the apparel & footwear industry.
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a methodology measuring the environmental footprint of products following similar rules across the European Union.
The PEF methodology offers a science-based, standardised framework to help the entire industry speak the same language when talking about environmental impacts.
> It ensures consistency and comparability for product environmental footprints by enabling the industry to evaluate products’ environmental impacts following unique rules for calculations.
> It is comprehensive, evaluating products along 16 environmental indicators to better understand the hotspots and opportunities for improving the environmental impacts of products.
> Ultimately, it improves decision-making for all.
Using a standardised science-based approach provides clarity.
- Companies can measure, understand, and improve the environmental impacts of their products.
- When displayed, consumers are able to make more informed choices.
The PEF methodology supports the objectives of the “European Green Deal” initiated by the European Commission, which aims to establish more sustainable growth.
The PEF Category Rules (PEFCR) for the apparel & footwear industry are:
- Developed by a multi-stakeholder working group, called the Technical Secretariat
- Completed with inputs from two public consultations and several expert reviews
- Validated by the European Commission
- And it creates five benefits for the industry: