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 (online) or 2 days (onsite)

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:

Context: the Environmental Footprint initiative of the European Commission and the steps taken so far.

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 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:

  • This is advanced training, so prior knowledge of SimaPro is required.
  • Requirements for software installation: PC with Windows operating system (MacOS is not supported).
  • Online course: The course includes 4 live sessions, 4 hours each.
  • Onsite course: The program takes 2 full days. For traveling to the venue, we encourage you to use sustainable transportation whenever possible.
Our PEF experience

PRé has broad experience in the PEF initiative. We were part of the 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, An De Schryver and Luca Zampori have been deeply involved in PEF development since the start.

Although this course focuses on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), most of the training and practical exercises are also relevant for Organizational Environmental Footprint (OEF).

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