Product Environmental Footprint
Product Environmental Footprint is a measure of the absolute environmental impacts over the full life cycle of a product in a specified application. Life cycle in this context denotes all value chain stages for making and disposing of a product over its full lifespan.
At EU level, the European Commission in conjunction with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC IES) and other European Commission services developed a harmonised methodology for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products. The project was launched in March 2011 and the final methogological guide was published in April 2013.
On 3 June 2014, the selection of proposals for the 2nd wave of Environmental Footprint pilots was concluded. Two product groups are covering product that may be using polyurethanes solutions: thermal insulation and footwear.