VITO contributing to European label for sustainable products

The consumer market is flooded with labels indicating the environmental value of products. These labels, however, are also used as marketing tools. To clarify the situation, the European Commission is developing a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) label for an entire range of products. VITO is involved in two pilot projects.

The European Commission launched the concept of the PEF label in early 2014. After a research phase and various pilot projects, it will be developed into a new standard for sustainability. From pasta through T-shirts to solar panels: within the PEF project, each consumer product is being examined by a European expertise network. The goal is to arrive at a set of fixed guidelines for each product that gives producers and consumers a precise indication of its ecological footprint. The results of the PEF pilot projects will serve as inspiration for European regulations.

VITO's role

VITO is involved in two pilot projects within the PEF programme: monitoring plastic piping systems and thermal insulation materials. It is acting as consultant together with industrial partners is developing practical policy proposals for future PEF labels.

PEF project in figures
  • 25 PEF pilot projects, in two waves
  • Duration: the first PEF project started in November 2013, the last in November 2014
The goal is to arrive at a set of fixed guidelines for each product that gives producers and consumers a precise indication of its ecological footprint.