TSC Member Summit

Join us for The Sustainability Consortium fall Member Summit on September 30th through October 2nd, in Berlin! This year we are partnering with Thema1 to bring you an exciting plenary day and an opportunity to attend sessions at the 2nd PEF World Summit on October 1st and 2nd. Both events will be held at the Kalkscheune Centre, a dynamic event space located in the heart of Berlin.

Our unique partnership with Thema 1 will make this year's Summit an exciting avenue for networking and igniting new discussions for the advancement of product sustainability.

TSC and PEF World Forum Key Plenary Topics

The Advancement of TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits
EU Environmental Footprint Initiative Update and Outcomes of the Initial Pilot
Identification and Management of Environmental and Social Hotspots in Supply Chains
TSC Sustainability Leaders in Action Series
Environmental Policy Options and Self-regulation

About PEF World Forum

The PEF World Forum is a neutral platform for companies and their stakeholders to reflect and act on challenges, practical experiences, initiatives, tools and insights towards climate-conscious and environmentally sound value chains. The PEF World Forum is a network of international organizations and an enabler for new collaborations, projects and ideas.

Approximately 1,000 delegates from over 40 countries have contributed personally in recent PEF summits, workshops and conferences. Founded in 2009, the PEF World Forum has become the world's leading network in carbon and environmental footprinting. The PEF World Forum is a project by think-do-tank Thema1.

30 Sept. - 2 Oct. All Day Ongoing Demonstration and Training for New TSC Member Portal
Mary VanLeer, TSC; Atelier
Day 1: Tuesday, 30 September 2014
8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Saal Lounge
9:00 - 13:00 Working Group Meetings
Clothing, Footwear and Textiles   +
Measurement Science*   +
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch, Saal
14:00 - 18:00 Working Group Meetings
14:00 - 16:00 Toys   +
14:00 - 18:00 Food, Beverage and Agriculture   +
Home and Personal Care   +
16:00 - 18:00 Electronics   +

*Indicates open to tier 1 members only

Day 2: Wednesday, 1 October 2014
7:30 - 8:30 Registration, Saal Lounge
8:30 - 14:00 TSC Member Summit and PEF World Forum Joint Plenary Session, Galerie
8:30 - 9:00 Opening Remarks; Euan Murray, TSC and Guido Axmann, THEMA1
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote: Karen Hamilton, VP Sustainability at Unilever
9:30 - 10:30 One year of EU Environmental Footprint Pilot Phase –
Results, Challenges and Setting Sails for B2b and B2C Communication
Clarifying technical issues around comparability in the Environmental Footprint initiative –
Rana Pant, European Commission, DG Joint Research Center
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break, Saal
11:00 - 11:30 Our Combined Opportunity and Impact; Sheila Bonini CEO, The Sustainability Consortium
11:30 - 12:00 A Conversation with TSC Key Retailers  +
12:00 - 13:00 Networking Lunch, Saal
13:00 - 14:00 Reality Check: Sustainability in Everyday Supply Chain Operations  +
14:00 - 17:30 Ongoing demonstration and training for new TSC Member Portal
14:00 - 17:30 Consumer Information Lab – Paving the Road for Sustainable Consumption  +
➤ The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme - Engaging Consumers in Sustainable Consumption Worldwide  +

➤ France: Learnings on Effective Consumer Communication  +

➤ Consumption: Perspectives for Action for the Consumer Regarding Food  +
14:00 - 15:30 Workshop Track 1
Product Sustainability Realized – Facilitating the Use of TSC Products and Services  +
How to Approach Hotspots in the Life Cycle of Animal Products  +
Making Biodiversity Relevant to Business  +
Construction & Electronics – Updates from EU Environmental Footprint Pilots & Other Initiatives  +

Construction & Electronics – Updates from EU Environmental Footprint Pilots & Other Initiatives
(Facilitated by PEF World Forum)
Jan Christian Polanía Giese
Programme Director, PEF World Forum

This session will provide comprehensive insights into the status quo of EU Environmental Footprint Pilot projects from the non-food sector. Those pilot groups have already passed the first stages of the development process of Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs), including the definition of scope and the representative product. Depending on the individual pilot some groups have already finished the screening process that identifies the relevant processes and impact categories of a product category.
An example of a pragmatic approach to carbon footprinting in the IT sector will conclude this session.

Applying PEF at a System Level: the Pipes Case
Claudia Topalli
Environmental & Regulatory Affairs Manager
The European Plastic Pipes and Plastic Fittings Association (TEPPFA)

For the definition of the PEFCR scope and the representative product(s) in the hot & cold water pipes pilot, the decision has been taken to look at it from a system perspective. This lead to an extension of the product category covering not only plastic pipes but also pipes made out of other material - performing the same function. In this presentation it will be explained how the system has been defined, how this influenced the decision on the choice of the representative product and how this affects the benchmarking issue. An update on the screening exercise will be presented, explaining how these will now determine the next step in the pilot. Moreover, it will be also explained the position of this pilot in relation to the work that the Commission is facilitating on the reconciliation of EN15804 standard and the PEF method.

UPS PEF Pilot Status and Lessons Learned: Outcomes After One Year, Thoughts about Next Years
Christophe Garnier
Environmental Standardization and Alliances Manager, Schneider Electric

Christophe Garnier will present the composition of the Technical Secretariat of the pilot group for the development of PEF category rules for uninterruptable power supply (UPS) and describe the motivation to engage in the pilot process. His presentation will also include a definition of the selected product of reference, the outcomes of the screening study and share general thoughts on the PEF pilot project.

PEF for IT Equipment - First Results and Updates from the Japan Lead Pilot Project
Osamu Namikawa
Environment Policy Division, Hitachi

In the pilot testing for IT Equipment “a storage subsystem providing one (tera) byte of formatted capacity to be suited for needs of ensure purchasing customer for one year" will be evaluated. The technical secretariat of the Japan pilot group consists of manufacturers, industry/trade associations, a program owner, a research association and a consultant. The group can build on a solid basis of experience in LCA and Carbon Footprint of Product (CPF). Osamu Namikawa will explain how this knowledge could be integrated into the development process of category rules and what steps will follow.

PAIA - Efficient Carbon Footprinting in the IT Sector
Jason Ord
Energy and Ecodesign Manager, EMEA, Hewlett-Packard

HP solved technical and business challenges scaling LCA product analysis across its personal computer business by collaboratively building a toolset called “PAIA”. PAIA is a carbon footprinting tool that streamlines and harmonizes carbon footprinting across manufacturers. HP used this tool to publish its full “scope 3” carbon footprint in 2013. In his presentation Jason will describe identified hotspots (like flourinated gases) and how they are jointly addressed in an initiative with the US EPA and leading companies Dell, Lenovo, Walmart and Best Buy.


15:30 - 16:00 Networking Break, Saal
16:00 - 17:30 Workshop Track 2
A Product LCA Guideline for the Chemical Sector and its Role in the EU PEF Process  +
Integrating Supply Chain and Commodity Mapping  +
TSC Animal Welfare: Programs, Practices and Advisory Services  +
Packaging: A Conversation on TSC® Product Sustainability Toolkits and the PEF Pilots  +
A Pilot on the Fast Lane - Development of PEF Category Rules for Packed Water  +
17:30 - 18:00 Closing Session, Galerie
18:00 Reception, Courtyard
Day 3: Thursday, 2 October 2014
8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Saal Lounge
9:00 - 13:00 Working Group Meetings
9:00 - 12:00 Retail*  +
9:00 - 13:00 Paper, Pulp and Forestry   +
General Merchandise   +
12:00 - 13:00 Deep Dive into TSC Retail Working Group  +
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch, Saal
TSC members are invited to attend PEF sessions on Wednesday October 1st at no charge.
TSC members who wish to attend a PEF session on Thursday October 2nd can purchase discounted tickets here.


In an effort to enable the best global collaboration for TSC stakeholders and partners, we are pleased to announce our first Member Summit in Europe, at Kalkscheune in the heart of Berlin. Berlin is a well-suited destination for both our European and North American based members and provides participants the opportunity to explore German history and culture.

This year we will be partnering with Thema 1, who hosts the annual PEF World Forum every October. PEF World Forum is a business oriented, product environmental footprint conference attracting a global audience from a wide range of global initiatives and governments. Our joint plenary session and workshops held on Wednesday October 1st, are designed to ignite conversations beyond the current work of The Sustainability Consortium.


Johannisstrasse 2, 10117 Berlin
+49 (0) 30.59 00 434-0
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Hotel Reservations

There is a variety of hotel destinations in walking distance from the venue. When making a reservation, mention the 2nd PEF World Summit to receive a discount.
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Closest Train Stations
S-Bhf. Oranienburger Str.
S+U Bhf Friedrichstr.
Directions Using Train

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PEF World Forum

If you are interested in sponsoring our fall Member Summit please contact Kelly Unger.
More information on sponsorship options coming soon.



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