Environmental Footprint database

The Environmental Footprint (EF) database is designed to support the use of product environmental footprint (PEF) category rules (PEFCR) and organisation environmental footprint (OEF) sector rules (OEFSR). It contains secondary EF-compliant life cycle inventory datasets and a compatible EF impact assessment method.

The Environmental Footprint database is part of the European Commission’s Single Market for Green Products Initiative.

To use EF database v2.0 in SimaPro, users must agree with the terms of use, have an active licence for SimaPro 9.0 or later and a service contract valid on or after 30 November 2018.

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Why choose Environmental Footprint database?

Using EF-compliant data and method

High-quality data – purchased and endorsed by the European Commission for environmental footprinting – for a variety of sectors. It includes nearly 5000 datasets. Energy and transport data are in disaggregated format; everything else is available as system processes.

Benchmarking your product

Each PEFCR includes the environmental footprint of average European products. Now, you can benchmark your environmental impact results against this European average and see how well your product performs in comparison.

Identifying improvement opportunities

By calculating your PEF or OEF results with the Environmental Footprint database, you can identify the most important contributors to your product’s environmental performance.


Facilitated by

  • European Commission

Developed by

  • Blonk Consultants
  • CEPE (European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists’ Colours Industry)
  • Cycleco (data not included in the EF database)
  • Ecoinvent
  • FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation)
  • FEVE (European Container Glass Federation)
  • GreenDelta
  • maki Consulting
  • PRé Sustainability
  • Quantis
  • RDC
  • thinkstep

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