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Product Environmental Information and Product Policies

How Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Changes the Situation?

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Reliable information is needed to drive the market towards ecologically sound products. Product Environmental Footprint has many properties that are new to the Life Cycle Assessment tradition, increasing the consistency, accuracy and comparability of the results. It is important to start the organization of the PEF scheme, and invest in efforts to rapidly increase the number of product and service groups and actual product-specific PEF reports involved in the PEF scheme. Possibilities for common information basis and coordination between environmental information sources for the various product policy instruments and the PEF should be explored. Cooperation between type 1 eco-labels like the Nordic Swan and the forthcoming PEF scheme(s) is important.

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The past challenges of LCA and the potential of the PEF

We first look at the problems that have been identified in relation to LCA and if the PEF really solves the problems. Discussions in scientific journals between LCA and PEF experts are used as a source. Then the requirements and evaluation criteria that can be set for PEI and environmental product information systems (EPISs) are shown, and the requirements and criteria are used to consider if the PEF is better than LCA for use in EPISs and product policy instruments. Finally, if the PEF analyses of products can be required from a company that produces the products is shortly discussed.

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