Environmental Impacts

Measuring the carbon footprint of pet food is important and UK Pet Food has been working with partners to develop a system to do just that.

Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for pet food

UK Pet Food, are members of FEDIAF, who are part of the European Commission’s initiative “Building the Single Market for Green Products”. The initiative aims to develop a harmonised method to monitor and report the environmental performance of products (PEF).

In 2018, as pioneers of this approach in Europe, FEDIAF developed the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for pet food, which was endorsed by the European Commission. This officially adopted methodology gives clear guidelines for calculating the product environmental footprint of prepared pet food for cats and dogs – from ‘cradle to grave’.

Through FEDIAF, UK Pet Food will continue collaborating with the EU institutions and Member States involved in this project to determine how this methodology should be used under future policy framework.