Product Environmental Footprint with SimaPro


Learn the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology and get the skills to conduct a PEF study in SimaPro independently.


4 sessions

This training provides you with a good understanding of the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology. During the sessions, you will learn how to carry out a PEF study using SimaPro, modeling and analyzing a complete life cycle. After the training, you will have the skills to conduct your own PEF study independently.

During the training, you will learn about:

Data: how to determine which company-specific data you need to collect, which secondary data to use and how to assess the data quality.

Hotspots: how to identify the most relevant impact categories, life cycle stages, processes and elementary flows of your product’s life cycle.

Specific modeling rules: how to model specific aspects, e.g. electricity, use phase, end of life.

PEF’s outlook: what is coming up next after the pilot phase and what potential policy applications the EC is considering for PEF.

To get a good grasp, you will practice performing an environmental footprint study in SimaPro, using one of the PEF category rules as an example. We will take you through all the steps of a PEF study, zooming in on the PEF-specific rules for each of these steps.

Please note:

  • Requirements for software installation: PC with Windows operating system (MacOS is not supported).
  • The course includes around 16 hours of live sessions with trainers.

Our PEF experience

PRé has been involved in the PEF initiative for a long time. We were part of the initiative’s Technical Helpdesk and coordinated all training activities in the PEF pilot phase. PRé also led the consortium developing the models of average European products and organizations. We conducted and reviewed many PEF studies and contributed to the creation of EF-compliant datasets. We have also been building PEF capability outside the EU through training combined with support. Trainers Marisa Vieira and Laura Golsteijn both have been deeply involved in PEF development since the start.


Interested in Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF)?

Although the focus of this training is on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), it is also very useful for people specifically interested in Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF). Most of the training and practical exercises are also relevant for OEF. Besides, you can sign up for a support package to discuss your OEF-specific questions with one of our trainers.

See also our custom support services

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