Packed water PEFCR approved by the European Commission

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FLTR: Sébastien Humbert, Quantis (consultant to Packed Water Pilot), Ermis Panagiotopoulos, EFBW Sustainability Director

Brussels, 10 May 2018.  The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) is proud to announce that the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for packed water were approved during the Environmental Footprint Steering Committee meeting in Brussels on 19 April 2018.

In early 2014, EFBW was selected – among 10 other representatives of the food and drinks industry – to help develop and test EU Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) with the aim to measure and communicate the lifecycle environmental performance of products in a harmonised way.

Over the past four years, EFBW led the Technical Secretariat of the ‘Packed Water Pilot’ and worked proactively alongside bottled water companies (Danone Waters, Nestlé Waters, Ferrarelle, Spadel, San Benedetto) and leading value chain actors (Petcore Europe, European Container Glass Federation, European Road Haulers Association) to realise this project.

On 19 April, the Environmental Footprint Steering Committee, composed of representatives from Member States, the European Commission, NGOs and other participating industrial sectors, officially endorsed the Packed Water PEFCR. Having concluded the pilot phase, the European Commission will now consider policy recommendations in consultation with the Integrated Product Policy and Sustainable Consumption and Production (IPP/SCP) group. This group includes delegates from Member States, NGOs and representatives from endorsed pilots. The packed water category will be represented through the two seats allocated to food and drink products.

EFBW would like to thank the value chain actors who joined the Federation in this ambitious EU project and looks forward to further contributing to a harmonised environmental footprinting and providing clear and complete information to consumers.

For more information about the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint project and the packed water pilot, please click here.

by PEAK Sourcing