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LCA Whitepaper Series: A Comparative Study of PEF and ReCiPe Methodologies

Dive into our second whitepaper in the LCA series, where we dissect the PEF and ReCiPe methodologies, their impact, and their role in shaping future sustainability standards.


Front cover of the LCA Pef vs ReCiPe whitepaper


This whitepaper offers a detailed exploration of two leading LCA methodologies, the Product Environment Footprint (PEF) and ReCiPe, providing a tangible understanding of their structure, insights, and growing influence on sustainability initiatives and standards.


The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is an LCA-based methodology developed by the European Commission. It aims to standardize various life cycle assessment methods and encourage European companies to enhance their sustainability and transparency efforts. On the other hand, ReCiPe, established in 2008, has gained recognition within the scientific community as a detailed and flexible method for assessing a product's environmental impact.


As we delve deeper into these methodologies, we find that PEF is likely to play a significant role in the development and implementation of other EU regulations, such as the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), and the EU Taxonomy. It may also form the fundamental base of several standards, like the Eco-score.


Choosing between these two methodologies requires a clear definition of your business's LCA study purpose. Consider whether it will be used internally or externally, and if the LCA needs to comply with specific regulations.


To learn more and gain a deeper understanding of these methodologies, click the button below to download the full whitepaper.





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