Environmental Footprint

In 2013, the Communication from the Commission Building the Single Market for Green Products (COM/2013/196) established the Product- and Organisation- Environmental Footprint (PEF and OEF, or more generally EF). The common methods how to measure the life cycle environmental performances for PEF and OEF have been first defined in the EU Recommendation 2013/179/EU.The JRC has led the technical/scientific development.

From 2013 to 2018 the EF pilot phase took place, testing and improving the PEF and OEF Guides (see http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/smgp/ef_pilots.htm). Then the Transition Phase started in 2019 (see http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/smgp/ef_transition.htm )

The Joint Research Centre has developed two reports proposing how the PEF and OEF Guides should be amended in the future to reflect the developments and the practical experience gained during the pilot phase. This JRC technical reports are working documents and do not modify Recommendation 2013/179/EU on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and environmental performance of products and organisations (see PEF and OEF method reports and annexes in the Transition Phase section below).

The Joint Research Centre has also developed a report proposing updates of the Environmental Footprint Life Cycle Impact Assessment - impacts due to resource use, water use, land use and particulate matter to reflect the developments and the practical experience gained during the EF pilot phase. This JRC Technical Report does not modify Recommendation 2013/179/EU on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and environmental performance of products and organisations but is reflected in the PEF and OEF method reports in the Transition Phase section below.

Documents and files for the EF transition phase (EF 3.0)
Documents and files for the EF pilot phase (EF 2.0)
  • EF reference package 2.0 (including validation profile and Look@LCI configuration) available here
  • EF reference package 2.0 excel file available here
  • Changelog from ILCD to EF 2.0 available here
  • Supporting information for LCIA in EF 2.0 available here
  • Weighting report available here
  • Normalisation and weighting factors available here
  • If you downloaded the EF Reference Package 2.0 before March 12th 2019, please replace the validation profile with the one available here
  • Suggestions for the update of the Environmental Footprint Life Cycle Impact Assessment - Impacts due to resource use, water use, land use, and particulate matter available here
Common documents and files in the EF framework
  • Process datasets in line with EF recommendations are available through the data developers' nodes available here
  • See also the general developers' page for common tools (for both ILCD and EF) for Data Validation, Data Sharing (node creation) and data analysis available here
  • For format issues, related do different objects in the ILCD format structure (serving als EF scheme) specific format documentation available here