ELSIA will be a key contributor in EU project to establish environmental ratings for sheet metals

30 October, 2013 – The European Lead Sheet Industry Association (ELSIA) is to be part of the technical secretariat that will work with the EU Commission to develop rules for the environmental performance of sheet metals.

Experts in life cycle assessment and sustainability from the aluminium, copper, lead, steel and mining sectors will take part in the three-year period to develop and test product environmental footprint category rules.

The industries will be contributing to the methodological approaches that will be used in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot project when considering the unique recycling credentials of these metals.

There has been a proliferation of methods for measuring the environmental performance of a product, creating confusion for consumers, and this methodology developed by the EU Commission aims to establish an agreed method of assessment.

Ben Travers, ELSIA chairman said: “This demonstrates how ELSIA is taking a proactive role in working with regulators to establish robust environmental performance assessments.

“Lead sheet is one of the most recyclable and sustainable metals and this project will help ELSIA demonstrate the strong sustainability credentials of lead sheet and ensure that the most appropriate methodologies are used to reflect this.”

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said of the project: “To boost sustainable growth consumers need to be able to identify genuinely green products and companies, and this is an important step in that direction.

“Reliable and comparable information about the environmental impacts will bring increased transparency and will build trust with consumers, business partners and investors.”

Eurometaux, the Brussels-based association of the non-ferrous industry, will co-ordinate the project with European associations representing aluminium, copper, lead, mining and several companies (Aurubis, ArcelorMittal, KME) will be involved with PE International providing technical assistance.

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager, tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090


Editor’s Notes

About the PEF project
90 products made applications to take part in the PEF pilot project with just 14 chosen. A team of Commission officials representing various DGs (DGs Environment; Enterprise; Energy; Health and Consumers, Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Agriculture; and Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability) discussed the selection of pilots.

The decision on the choice of pilots was made based on criteria such as the capacity of the proponents to involve a representative percentage of the market, the diversity of product groups and the sectors covered (in terms of type of product or sector, whether products are final or intermediate products, environmental impacts, complexity and dynamics of the value chain, etc.), availability of good quality secondary life cycle data, and availability of already existing Product Category Rules (PCR) or similar documents.

ELSIA is the trusted voice of the European lead sheet industry. Its members have production operations in France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain and the UK. ELSIA promotes the sustainability credentials of lead sheet and highlights the benefits of lead sheet as a long-term, low maintenance construction material with low environmental impact. Its membership is committed to a Code of Practice for the responsible use of lead sheet