We have appointed Pre-Sustainability BV – a leading European PEF consultancy to lead the project for us.
The Technical Secretariat has decided that our PEFCR will have sub-categories for:
- synthetic turf surfaces for sports use
- synthetic turf surfaces for landscaping and recreational us
For each sub-category we will establish a PEF for a virtual representative product. This will act as the benchmark reference against which all real products are then compared; some will environmentally better than the representative product, some will be worse. The representative product is based on the average EU sales-weighted characteristics of existing technologies. For each sub-category the PEF will look at the environmental impact of each stage of the products life, from production of raw materials (e.g. the polyethylene granules from which the yarn masterbatch is made), through carpet production, shockpad production, infill production, etc, transportation to site, installation, maintenance and finally end of life disposal. Parameters such as waste generated during production, packaging, the merits (or not) of using recycled materials, CO2 emissions during manufacturing, transportation and maintenance, potential microplastic releases will all be considered.
For each and every stage of a synthetic turf’s life datasets defining the product’s PEF values will have to be established. So far, the Technical Secretariate has identified the need for over 200 different data values. One big advantage of being part of the EC pilot projects is that many of these datasets will be provided to the project free of charge (for a time limited period) by the European Commission. As, however, some values will be unique to our industry or even to a specific company, these datasets will have to be determine individually by the manufacturer of the product, or their supplier.
Although the primary focus of the PEFCR will be the synthetic turf surface, including any shockpad and infill, an optional capability to also consider the PEF impact of the base construction for the field, court or area will also be included, allowing those that want to fully assess the environmental impact of one design solution against another.
Work commenced on developing our PEFCR in early 2020 and the European Commission requires the project to be completed by the end of 2022. The projected timeline for the work stages is:
As the project progresses ESTC will provide updates to this information and at the key stages seek the support, feedback and engagement of its members. If in the meantime further information is required members can speak with Alastair Cox, ESTC Technical Director.