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Product Environmental Footprint

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TEPPFA, The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association, is committed to  sustainability and strongly supports the elaboration of a common set of standards and rules to reach a European unique method to asses environmental sustainability of construction products.

Currently the industry is going through the 3rd and final year of the pilot phase which was launched in 2013 together with The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Guide with the goal of developing a harmonized European method of measuring environmental performance of products and organisations. The outcomes of the pilot will then be used by the Commission while evaluating specific policy tools related to PEF and OEF.

TEPPFA is the leader of the Technical Secretariat of the “Hot and cold water supply pipes within the building” PEF pilot, one of the 25 on-going pilots. Other members of the Technical Secretartat (TS) are the European Copper Institute (ECI), Plastics Europe, Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE) and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO ). The overall objective of this project is to develop common rules to calculate the Environmental Footprint profile for hot & cold water pipe systems valid for Copper, PEX and Polymer/Aluminium/Polymer; these are referred to as the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs).

Conference session on Policy objectives of PEF at the TEPPFA Forum 2016. From left to right: Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW, European Commission (moderator), Michele Galatola, DG ENV, European Commission, Mark Goedkoop, PRé, Paolo Masoni, ENEA, Frédéric Midy, EMEA, Aliaxis, Christophe Sykes, Construction Products Europe.

Conference session on Policy objectives of PEF at the TEPPFA Forum 2016. From left to right: Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW, European Commission (moderator), Michele Galatola, DG ENV, European Commission, Mark Goedkoop, PRé, Paolo Masoni, ENEA, Frédéric Midy, EMEA, Aliaxis, Christophe Sykes, Construction Products Europe.

To this end, the companies have tested draft PEFCR on real products, these supporting studies have now been completed, providing information on: PEFCR implementability, most relevant life cycle stages, processes, data quality requirements, verification requirements but also parts of the PEFCR which need to provide more guidance and specific requirements. The Secretariat is now entering the third phase, consisting of testing the communication vehicles proposed in the PEFCR and, based on experience with the supporting studies and the communication phase, revising the PEFCR. The TS is aiming to finalise the project by December 2016.

In 2017 the European Commission’s will come up with policy proposals based on the work done, the learnings gained and the challenges faced while working towards the goal of achieving a common method to assess the environmental footprint of products and organisations.