Product Environmental Footprint – what is green?

The “Mid-term conference on the Environmental Footprint pilot phase”, held on the 3rd and 4th November in Brussels, will be the occasion for the companies involved to present the preliminary results of their projects so far, after that more than 2 years have already passed[1].

TEPPFA, the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association, is in the first line for what concerns environmental sustainability and it is strongly committed in contributing to the elaboration of a common set of standards and rules to reach an European unique method among construction products.

During the conference TEPPFA will report the status of its project, one of the 25 on-going pilots: “PEF Pilot Hot & Cold Water Supplying systems in building”, carried out together with the European Copper Institute, Plastics Europe and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. The method described, whether implemented, has been proved to boost the circular economy, cutting down companies’ costs and promoting comparison among products. TEPPFA is also aiming and confident to find a common ground for a future alignment between PEF and EN15804.

Furthermore, the agenda will address the theme of raw materials, commodities and environmental footprint and the environmental footprint applied to the food sector, energy driven product and chemistry driven products. Another important point which will be discussed, crucial for TEPPFA as well, is the stakeholders’ reaction at the prospective of a common benchmarking. This last one could in fact be scaring on some extend, since it would ended up to show how not all the products are equally good, as well as all industries and sectors. It is not by chance that TEPPFA has decided to further address this topic in the next TEPPFA Forum 2016.

Following the conference, on both days, a political debate will give an occasion to stakeholders belonging from different industries to express their ideas and future developments around the Product and Organization Environmental Footprint.

For more information about the topic and for the detailed programme of the conference, please visit the dedicated page on the European Commission website at this link

[1] In April 2013 the European Commission lunched a three-year testing period to develop product and sector specific criteria with the purpose of reaching a single market for green products.