Developing Product Category Rules


Developing Product Category Rules

Another example of the bottled water industry’s dedication to optimizing its environmental performance is the creation of Product Category Rules for bottled water. These rules enable bottled water producers to assess their environmental performance, hereby enabling them to make positive changes for the environment in their production process.

The Product Category Rules are also a good example of what a sector can achieve when working together for the creation of harmonized rules. EFBW’s guidelines are based on qualitative life cycle assessment.  

EFBW's PCR is designed to be compatible with PEF (Product Environmental Footprint ) currently being developed by the European Commission as well as the methodology of  the EnviFood Protocol of the SCP Roundtable. 

With the establishment of PCR guidelines, EFBW has completed the first phase of developing a Life Cycle Analysis tool for the bottled water sector which will enable producers to calculate their overall environmental impact based on a series of measurable criteria, tailored to the needs of the sector. Implementing voluntary guidelines is a testament to the sector’s strong will and determination to establish benchmarks and make improvements year upon year. 

EFBW's Product Category Rules can be consulted here.


Helping the European Commission to develop its Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR)

In early 2014, the European Federation of Bottled Waters was selected - among 10 other representatives of the food and drinks industry - to help develop and test new EU Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules.

This process will ultimately enable producers to adequately calculate and communicate their product’s environmental impact in a harmonised way. It is intended to provide consumers with clearer information on the environmental impact of the products they choose to purchase.

EFBW will lead the Technical Secretariat for the pilot project for Packed Water, and will work alongside bottled water companies Danone Waters, Nestlé Waters and Ferrarelle and leading stakeholders European Road Haulers Association (UETR), Petcore Europe and the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE).

The project started on 1 June 2014 and must be completed by 31 December 2016.

Want to find out more about the European Commission PEF and the pilot for packed water? Click here.


by PEAK Sourcing