The LIFE Project EFFIGE
Dai Carulina limited agricultural company
Dai Carulina is a consortium of six agrifood firms in the Sannio Area. The main production of the partners are olive oil, meat and cured meats, milk and cheeses) and Dai Carulina provided them services as environmental control along the supply chain and other services. The building of new generation biogas plant, zoo-technical waste management and the nitrate assessment in the agricultural production are some of the environmental activities provided. Commercial network to export the product in foreign countries are developed, with specific focus versus North Europe markets, with consumers that give an high value to the quality of the Italian food tradition and to the environmental assessment of the supply chain.
EFFIGE (Environmental Footprint For Improving and Growing Eco-efficiency) is an official project of European Program LIFE 2014-20 and is in the sector: Environment and Resource Efficiency.
The project budget is 1,642,867 euros, with a contribute of EU of 959,434 euros (58,4%). The project start in September 1st 2017 and finish on June 30th 2021.
EFFIGE aims to improve the environmental performances of products operating in the sectors involved in the project by means of the implementation of EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method described in the EU Rec. 179/2013. By using PEF as tools for supporting decision process within companies and remove information asymmetries on the final good market, EFFIGE will support the pilot companies and especially SMEs to improve their environmental “hot spots” and introduce to markets products and services more sustainable.
The EFFIGE specific goal is to apply the Product Environmental Footprint Methodology on 22 products and services in the following sectors:
- – Foundries (2 kind of mechanical arm produced by three firms)
- – Furniture (office place, table plus chair produced)
- – Agrifood (mustard produced by three firms and nougat produced by three firms)
- – Catering (1 product of CAMST three suppliers plus 1 meal distributed by CAMST).
Moreover, EFFIGE project aims to:
- – Development of draft PEFCRs (PEF Category Rules)
- – Analyze the SME ‘s hotspot in the application of PEF Methodology
- – To organize training activities
- – To create a SME toolkit for the implementation of PEF
- – To develop an Observatory on PEF implementation by SMEs
The project partner are:
- – Scuola superiore Sant’Anna – project manager
- – ENEA (Italian Agency for the New Technologies, Energy and Economic Development)
- AGRICA, (Dai Carulina Soc. Agricola) agrifood and nougat
- ASSOFOND, foundries
- CAM, (Agritourist Consortium of Mantua – mustard production)
- CAMST, catering
- FLAE (Federlegno), furniture
The Product Environmental Footprint methodology (hereinafter PEF) is principally aimed at providing the analyst with technical guidelines in as much detail as possible to carry out the LCA, so that studies and results conducted by different analysts on similar products can be compared more easily. In other words, where pre-existing different calculation methods provided a spectrum of alternatives for a certain choice of methodology for carrying out the LCA, the PEF methodology instead aims to provide a single alternative or requirement (or at least to provide other guidance or additional requirements) in order to ensure that PEF studies are carried out in a more robust, consistent, comprehensive and reproducible manner.
Currently, the PEF methodology is included in Annex A of the Commission Recommendation of 9 April 2013 (2013/179/EU) regarding the use of common methodologies to measure and communicate environmental performance during the life cycle of products and organizations. It provides both general guidelines for calculating the PEF and specific methodological requirements for the definition of rules per product category (hereinafter PEFCR, Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules).
The project will be developed in the following actions:
- – A1: Overview of the past and on-going experiences dealing with LCA application in the involved sector
- – B.1: Sectoral Technical Group (STG) and PEFCRs drafts
- – B.2: Product Environmental Footprint supporting studies and environmental hotspots
- – B.3: Action for improvement and improvements validation
- – B.4: Development of Toolkit to transfer PEF to SMEs and drawing up of Sectoral Database
- – B.5: No Greenwashing” and PEF integration Working Groups.
- – B.6: PEFCRs finalization and project replicability and transferability
In the EFFIGE project, Dai Carulina Agricola (with the acronym of AGRICA) coordinated the following actions (with the co-operation of Scuola Superiore Universitaria Sant’Anna di PISA).
ACTION D.2: Networking
This action aims at identifying previous and present projects on the project issues such as PEF (in specific) and environmental footprint (more generic), life cycle approach, environmental performance of organizations and its measurement, communication and avoiding greenwashing practices, environmental claiming, etc. in order to identify methodologies and tools that can be integrated and promoted in EFFIGE activities. Network activities will be carried out towards the partners of projects and platforms that have more connection with EFFIGE project.
Examples of platform interesting to be taken into account in the Networking Action are the following:
- – Water Footprint Network. The Water Footprint Network is a non-profit foundation under Dutch law.
- – Global Footprint Network. Global Footprint Network is a non-profit organization that provides tools and programs that can help countries to thrive in a resource-constrained world.
- – Rete Italiana LCA (Italian network on LCA). Main activities are related to the promotion of LCA methodologies at national level, the exchange of experiences and networking.
The selection of the reference projects will be carried out considering first of all projects funded by LIFE programs or other programs, as FP7 or H2020. The criteria for assessment will be:
- – aims and scope of the project;
- – project topics;
- – tools and methodologies implemented;
- – project’s results (only for projects completed);
- – fields involved and stakeholders involved.
After this first phase, a list of projects and networks selected and the references to contact to initiate and exchange of experiences will be carried out.
A mailing list will guarantee a continuous updating of current experiences; through this tool the EFFIGE results will be effectively disseminated among relevant stakeholders and with a high degree of interest in the life cycle approach, measurement, claiming and communication of environmental performance and in specific PEF methodologies.
Where possible partners will organize ad hoc meetings with the beneficiaries of other projects to discuss possible synergies and problems encountered; these meetings could be organized also through conferences online. All actors involved in networking activities will be invited to attend the middle term and final conferences.
Project beneficiaries’ identification. Searching at least 8/10 project beneficiaries interesting in the networking activities. The main criteria for the selection will be:
- – project topics
- – SMEs involvement
- – ongoing LIFE projects
Workshop with other LIFE beneficiaries
The workshop will be two. The first workshop will be by December 2018 (by web conference or face to face). The aim of the workshop is introducing the EFFIGE and collect suggestions on the PEF/LCA implementation. The second workshop will be at the project end (by June 2021) and it will aim at introducing the project achieved results and the developed tools. All beneficiaries introduced own project and the main emerged best practices.