7th PCF World Summit

7th PCF World Summit – From Environmental Footprinting to Implementation: Renewable Energy in the Value Chain
Umspannwerk, Berlin, Germany

The next Product Carbon Footprint World Summit will take place in Berlin from 17-18 April 2012. As usual we will take a close look at the current reality and perspectives of carbon and environmental footprinting for products and value chains – with a particular emphasis on a) efforts for building product category and sector rules for the comparable quantification of environmental impacts and b) leveraging the benefit of carbon and environmental footprinting in companies. Building resilient, low carbon, low impact value chains often comes down to the quantity and quality of energy used, which is reflected in ambitious renewable energy targets in companies. Building renewable value chains poses challenges in itself, which we will explore on Day 2 of the PCF World Summit, and discuss in relation to environmental footprinting.

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Early bird discount available until Monday, 13 February 2012.

Day 1: Environmental Footprinting: Updates, Product/Sector Rules, Business Leverage

  • What is the current status of international carbon and environmental footprinting initiatives, e.g., at the European Commission, in France and Japan? What progress has been made? What drawbacks can be seen?
  • What is the future of carbon labelling after Tesco announced the end to its carbon labelling efforts?
  • What policy options on the European table incentivise environmental performance of products and value chains?
  • How is Product Category and Sector Rule Development progressing and how is it coordinated? What are the implications for footprinting efforts in companies?

In input presentations, updates on status, learnings and perspectives of international carbon and environmental footprinting initiatives will be given. In the afternoon, two dedicated parallel sessions will explore the international agenda on development of product category and sector rules for the comparable quantification of environmental impacts of products ("PCR Round Table") and the practicalities around the efficient implementation, use and disclosure of carbon and environmental footprints, in light of experiences on the ground and recent advances in methodology and software.

Day 1 will conclude with the legendary Low Carbon Network Dinner.

Day 2: Renewable Energy in Products and Value Chains

  • Why do companies invest in own renewable energy production?
  • What is renewable energy and what is good renewable energy?
  • How do companies justify price premiums internally?
  • How are ambitious renewable energy targets achievable? How do pioneers transform their long-term objectives into action?
  • What insights do carbon and environmental footprint studies provide for the relevance of energy use in products and value chains?
  • How is renewable energy use accounted for in carbon and environmental footprinting standards?

Energy and resources are crucial production factors for most companies and securing their long-term availability and accessibility (and thus building resilience) will be a major challenge for many businesses. At the same time, combustion of fossil fuels alone contributes more than 50% to human-induced CO2 emissions and is therefore also a major driver behind other environmental impacts of products and value chains. Resource extraction and use correlates with energy use and also often increases other environmental burdens. Hence a switch to renewable energy and sustainably sourced natural resources is on the agenda of many leading companies and incorporated in ambitious renewable energy and natural resource targets. Building upon an intense dialogue on the recognition of green power in carbon footprinting at the last PCF World Summit, this issue will be further deepened.

Register online or by fax. A detailed Summit programme will be available soon.

About the PCF World Forum

The PCF World Forum is a neutral platform to share practical experiences and knowledge towards climate-conscious consumption. The international platform provides orientation on current standardisation processes and creates opportunities for discussing international corporate best practices to support low carbon and climate-conscious consumption models. Background information on the PCF World Forum and previous PCF World Summits: http://www.pcf-world-forum.com/.

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