Reliable insight into the environmental footprint of horticultural products provides great opportunities, such as comparable outcomes, harmonized tooling and tackling false claimes. With this project, we aim to achieve harmonised rules for calculating the environmental footprint of potted plants and cut flowers in the framework of the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint. Under the leadership of Royal FloraHolland and the involvement of the Technical Secretariat this process is expected to release the officially approved PEFCR ‘Cut Flowers and Potted Plants’ before the end of 2022.
Why PEFCR for floriculture?
Life cycle assessment (LCA), or environmental footprint analysis, is a widely acknowledged methodology to assess, benchmark, and monitor the environmental impact. Harmonised rules for such assessments provide more comparable outcomes and allow for the development of unified and harmonized tools, labels and consumer communication. This project will deliver the set of methodological rules for calculating the environmental footprint of two product categories (Cut flowers and Potted Plants) and is primarily meant for professionals with moderate knowledge of LCA. With this development we aim to achieve harmonised rules for calculating the environmental footprint of potted plants and cut flowers for the European market, with a global applicability. As one of the frontrunning sectors, we are preparing for expected future EU legislation, by developing FloriPEFCR.
How do we deliver PEFCR for Cut flowers and Potted plants?
The development of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for potted plants and cut flowers is a follow up of the project Hortifootprint. To deliver the European standard for calculating environmental footprint for Cut flowers and Potted plants, a thorough multi-stakeholder process is followed. The FloriPEFCR development is led by the Technical Secretariat (TS) representing the sector. The organisation included in the TS are: Coöperatie Royal FloraHolland U.A., UnionFleurs, Floriculture Sustainable Initiative (FSI), Stichting MPS, Wageningen Economic Research, Blonk Milieu Advies B.V., PRé Sustainability BV, Natuur&Milieu and GroentenFruit Huis. The TS Members play a critical role in shaping the process and leading the discussion. They carry out the technical work, draft the documents, start stakeholder consultations and manage the comments received. The TS engages the professionals from the floricultural industry worldwide, the well-known experts in life-cycle-assessments and the public. The drafted category rules are tested through independent supporting studies, are reviewed by external experts and are subject to two open public consultations. Finally, the end approval of the PEFCR “Cut flowers and Potted Plants” is with the European Commission.