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CEPE Coatings eco footprint tool

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As part of the CEPE Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) project (http://www NULL.cepe NULL.org/efede/public NULL.htm#!HTML/29121), Ecomatters has developed Coatings Eco footprint tool (http://ecofootprint NULL.ecomatters NULL.nl/admin/login), which calculates eco footprints for a can of paint based on the paint recipe. Utilising industry-aligned LCI datasets, it calculates an extensive overview of the most important environmental impacts. The tool is freely available to approximately 85% of all coatings companies in Europe.

The CEPE eco footprint tool has provided a way to make our LCI Project accessible to our SME and non LCA expert community. It has so far attracted around 200 users from all countries in Europe. Ecomatters has delivered a high quality product that fitted our requirements and fulfills the needs of our members.

– Emilie Carasso, Sustainability Issue Manager

The project

In response to the increased demand for product information within the coatings industry, CEPE, the European coatings trade association, initiated a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) project. This has resulted in a database containing 300 raw materials that are representative for the entire industry. In order to allow LCA experts as well as the wider organisation, including R&D and marketing, to quickly utilise LCA results, CEPE commissioned the customisation of the Ecomatters Eco footprint tool.

The Eco footprint tool is a web application that:

  • Allows coatings companies to calculate the environmental footprint of their product or service in a simple manner
  • Provides a highly streamlined workflow to adjust the main model inputs
  • Calculates an extensive overview of the most important environmental impacts, including energy and resource consumption, and emissions to air and water

This information is rated as a self-declaration and can form the basis of e.g. an Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) or a Fiche de Déclarations Environnementales et Sanitaires (FDES). Nearly all European coatings companies have access to the CEPE Coatings Eco footprint tool to calculate reliable and mutually comparable eco footprints for their products.