Developer Environmental Footprint (EF)

This page contains tools, documents and packages related to the Environmental Footprint scheme.

Environmental Footprint reference packages

The following tables provide the Environmental Footprint reference packages (ILCD-formatted zip packages with reference flow lists, LCIA methods and other related XML Files). The reference packages' content is also available as excel table, and change logs in comparison with previous releases are available.

EF reference package 3.0 (transition phase)
(last update November 2019)

Description

Files

EF Reference package 3.0: zipped version of the EF reference package DEVELOPED FOR THE EF TRANSITION PHASE, including all the reference files, plus additional documentation, in ILCD structure, to be used as baseline for EF compliant data development.
It includes also the configuration file for Look@LCI (updated with new normalization factors (NFs) in November 2019 – the software is available in the common developer’s page), for the specific EF reference package, and automatic converter from EF 2.0 to EF 3.0, in the folder "others" within the package.

EF REFERENCE PACKAGE 3.0

EF reference package: Excel file reporting the most relevant information contained in the zipped files, for Flows, Methods, Characterisation Factors, Unit Groups and Flow Properties.

EF 3.0 XLS

Change Log: Excel file reporting the difference occurring between the EF 2.0 package and the EF 3.0 Release.

CHANGE LOG:

EF 3.0 Complete pack: this is the reference package used for the EF transition phase. The zip contains the EF 3.0 Reference Package, the excel file of the package, the change log from EF 2.0 to EF 3.0, the supporting information on CFs and the normalization and weighting factors (Normalization updated in November 2019). The validator profile for EF3.0 is also included in the reference package. Additional documentation on new impact categories and data development is provided.
If you downloaded the EF Reference Package 3.0 before March 12th 2019, please replace the validation profile with the one available here.

EF 3.0 Complete pack



EF reference package 2.0 (pilot phase)
(last update December 2018)

EF 2.0 Complete Pack: this is the reference package used for the EF Pilot phase (for PEF studies supporting PEFCRs development). The zip contains the EF 2.0 Reference Package, the excel file of the package, the change log from ILCD to EF 2.0, the supporting information on CFs and the normalization and weighting factors. The validator profile for EF2.0 is also included in the reference package.
If you downloaded the EF Reference Package 2.0 before March 12th 2019, please replace the validation profile with the one available here.

EF 2.0 Complete pack

Other schemes based on EF reference packages

Annex C

Default application-specific and material-specific values to be used in the application of the Circular Footprint Formula when performing a PEF or OEF study.

Environmental Footprint additional info

For additional info related to EF (supporting information on CF and LCIA methods, normalization and weighting factors, PEF/OEF methods and related annexes, etc.) refer to the EF main page on the EPLCA website.

Guide for EF compliant data sets (NEW VERSION RELEASED - JULY 2020) provides additional guidance, in addition to the ILCD entry-level requirements, in order to develop process data sets, compliant with the Environmental Footprint (EF) requirements. The previous versions of the guide are available here: March 2019 - August 2019.

Here available the templates to document overall changes and core changes in EF Datasets (currently under review at the EF TAB data working group level). Here available the review report template.

Suggestions for the update of the Environmental Footprint Life Cycle Impact Assessment concerning impacts due to resource use, water use, land use, and particulate matter have been discussed in a JRC technical report (available here) and its annexes (available here).