- EFFIGE: Environmental Footprint For Improving and Growing Eco-Efficiency

01.09.2017 to 30.06.2021

EFFIGE aims to improve the environmental performances of products operating in the sectors involved in the project by means of the implementation of EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method described in the EU Rec. 179/2013. By using PEF as tools for supporting decision process within companies and remove information asymmetries on the final good market, EFFIGE will support the pilot companies and especially SMEs to improve their environmental “hot spots” and introduce to markets products and services more sustainable. Moreover, EFFIGE project aims to:

-demonstrate the effectiveness of EU PEF method for supporting the environmental performance improvements of products

-contribute to the development and dissemination of EU Environmental Footprint, which has become a top priority in the policy agenda of the European Commission in terms of green market and circular economy. It aims to spread the PEF in Italy and in the EU by focusing on sector not involved in EU Pilot Studies. At least 21 PEF will be conducted according to EU Rec.. 179/2013, in 4 relevant supply chains (furniture, foundry, agrifood, catering services.

-develop “preparatory working documents for the future PEF Category Rules” in supply chain not currently involved in EU PEF Pilot Studies, in order to enhance comparability between organisations operating in the same sector and, therefore, to enable consumers and businesses to take better informed decisions.

-remove typical drawbacks affecting the implementation of PEF within SMEs by means of the creation of a PEF Supporting Toolkit, tested in the pilot experiences and, finally, disseminated in other sectoral and geographical contexts.

-contribute, as requested by the Commission (Rec. 2013/179/EU), to develop Public Databases on environmental impact ready to use by SMEs to perform PEF

-develop clear guidelines and approaches to improve the effective communication of environmental performance of product by testing EU communication vehicles and draft and disseminate a “NO Greenwashing” Guideline thanks to the work of the homonymous Working Group

-stimulate the integration of PEF method within other existing EU environmental polices thanks to several Policy suggestions and Guidelines developed by the PEF integration Working Group

-create tools and approach that are easily replicable and transferable as demonstrated by testing in flied in other EU contexts and supply chains not covered by EU PEF Pilot Studies

Website: www.lifeeffige.eu

Project category: 
LIFE+ - The Financial Instrument for the Environment 2007-2013
Institution role: 
Principal Investigator: 
Fabio Iraldo


Scientific Directors: 

Funding Institution: 
European Commission