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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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In 2016 the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) decided to fund the project “Nordic Swan, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint” (SCEPEF) as one of the projects of Finland’s Presidency. In 2013 the European Commission had published “a recommendation on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations” in the EU’s official journal introducing the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF). While the Nordic Swan Ecolabel has been the key tool for communicating about environmentally sound products and services to consumers in the Nordic countries, it was important to see what the new methodology could offer to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and how both systems could benefit from each other.

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