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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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Material and methods

The main work methods for the SCEPEF project and this final report of the project were desk studies (conducted to gain literature material and make related analyses and conclusions), a questionnaire, two workshops on 4 May 2017 and 19 September 2018 (references Workshop...2017 and Workshop...2018) and a conference6 in Helsinki, Finland (on 18 September 2018). Discussions in the NEF group – of which the first author, Ari Nissinen, is a member – and the diverse materials produced by the group (e.g. Kristensen 2018) also have given a lot of input to the thoughts and analyses.

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