EU approves a method, suggested by Cotance and UNIC, to calculate tanning environmental footprint: it is now available for companies

Very good news for the leather industry. Yesterday the Steering Committee, in charge of the experimental phase of the PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) project, supported by European Commission, along with some representatives of the member countries’ governments and other parties, approved jointly the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) suggested by Cotance (the European Confederation of the Leather Industry) and UNIC (the Italian Tanners Association). Since the end of 2013, other tanning associations and industry stakeholders also contributed to the definition of this method to calculate leather environmental footprint. Next week EU will publish the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR), which are going to be, at this point, an effective tool for tanneries to work out their leather environmental impact. Likewise, fashion brands may use such method to estimate their suppliers’ environmental sustainability. The project is due to be completed in 2020. During its transitional phase, which is currently underway, manufacturing companies will focus their efforts on its development, aiming at optimizing its use.


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