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Sep

22, 2017

Two new regional hubs launched in the global network of the International EPD® System

Brazil and India

At the 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference in London on September 20, the International EPD® System announced the most recent expansion of its global network: the EPD India Hub and the EPD Brazil Hub (to complement EPD Latin American Hub already established in Mexico and Chile).

The new regional hubs will provide local support and promote the use of EPDs in their regions. The hubs will also be responsible for registration of EPDs into the International EPD® System library at www.environdec.com for companies in these two countries.

“The interest for EPDs is growing globally, and we are very happy to include new regional partners in our global collaboration, who will help to make EPDs more accepted and used as an important vehicle on a global market,” says Kristian Jelse, Programme manager of the International EPD® System.

The Indian and the Brazilian hubs are the latest in a group of regional hubs of the International EPD® System, which also includes New Zealand and Australia (Australasian EPD Programme), Chile and Mexico (EPD Latin America) and Turkey (EPD Turkey), The International Secretariat with offices in Sweden and a helpdesk in China handle EPD registration and helpdesk requests for all other countries.

Companies, LCA consultants, certification bodies or other stakeholders in India and Brazil are welcome to contact the regional hubs or the EPD International Secretariat for further information.

Sep

13, 2017

Certification body in Mexico accredited for EPD verification

Organismo Nacional de Normalización y Certificación de la Construcción y Edificación, SC (ONNCCE) has become the first Mexican certification body to become accredited to perform EPD verifications and to offer such services connected to the International EPD® System. The accreditation was performed by entidad mexicana de acreditación, a.c. (EMA). ONNCCE is the Mexican standards and certification body for the construction sector.

Dr. Nydia Suppen, co-director of the from EPD Latin America, the regional hub of the International EPD® System “commends ONNCE for their efforts in promoting the development of high-quality and open EPDs and their commitment to the capacity building activities with the construction sector”, while Claudia Peña comments that 

"It is of great importance for organizations such as EMA in Latin America, to actively participate in the process of generating critical mass of accredited verifiers, as they will give greater support to the EPD dissemination, educational and implementation activities promoted by the Latin American hub of the International EPD System."

In addition to the accredited certification bodies, companies developing EPDs have the choice to use individual verifiers listed on this page.

 

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Aug

24, 2017

Reminder: Draft version 3 of the General Programme Instructions available for open consultation

GPI

To to stay up to date with the latest developments and best practices in standardisation, methodology, research and applications of EPDs the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System are currently being updated to version 3.0

This draft document is available for open consultation for one more week until 2017-08-30 to allow any stakeholder to provide feedback on the development of the International EPD® System.

The draft and instruction for how to comment are available on this page.

Aug

7, 2017

Upcoming stakeholder conference: Information about speakers published

Speakers

Information about the speakers at the upcoming 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference has now been published.

The event will take place in London, United Kingdom, on Wednesday, September 20th 2017 and is expected to gather EPD stakeholders from industry, academia and others sectors for a chance to meet and learn about the latest developments in the world of Environmental Product Declarations.The two main themes of the event are:

  • Machine-readable EPDs and their applications
  • International harmonization efforts for LCA-based declarations

The event is free and registration is open.

 

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Jul

31, 2017

New brochures to explain EPDs available

EPD brochure

The brochure Introducing the International EPD®System, has been updated and is now available for download. The folder describes the basic principles of Environmental Product Declarations and the International EPD® System.

The brochure is currently available in the following languages:

- English

- Chinese (汉语)

- Swedish (Svenska)

Jul

24, 2017

Dani pioneers EPD Process Certification in the tanning industry

Dani EPD

Dani S.p.A. has become the latest company to get an EPD Process Certification, meaning that their internal processes to produce EPDs have been quality assured by an external certification body.

Based on the EPD Process Certificaiton, Dani has published an EPD for Dani leather - Box land, used for furnishings, footwear and leather products.

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Jul

17, 2017

7th InData meeting held in Norway

The 7th meeting of the InData working group was held in Norway in June. The Secretariat joined the meeting as part of its ongoing pilot to test making EPDs available in machine-readable format, and to contribute to international harmonization of data formats and data quality. The other participants came from Norway, Germany and Spain.

The topic of machine-readable EPDs and their applications will be one of the main themes of this year's EPD International Stakeholder Conference on September 20th in London. The presentations will include information about InData, using EPDs in BIM and using EPDs in building certification schemes.

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Jun

30, 2017

Draft version 3 of the General Programme Instructions available for open consultation

GPI

To to stay up to date with the latest developments and best practices in standardisation, methodology, research and applications of EPDs the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System are currently being updated to version 3.0

This draft document is available for open consultation from 2017-06-30 until 2017-08-30 to allow any stakeholder to provide feedback on the development of the International EPD® System.

The draft and instruction for how to comment are available on this page.

Jun

27, 2017

Registration open: 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference on September 20th

EPD Stakeholder Conference London. (c) Freeimages.com/Nimalan Tharmalingam

Registration is now open to the 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference. More information and a link to register is available on this page.

The EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2017 will take place in London, United Kingdom, on Wednesday, September 20th 2017. The event is expected to gather EPD stakeholders from industry, academia and others sectors for a chance to meet and learn about the latest developments in the world of Environmental Product Declarations.

The two main themes of the event will be:

  • Machine-readable EPDs and their applications
  • International harmonization efforts for LCA-based declarations

The event is free, but the number of participants is limited.

 

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Jun

19, 2017

Research project investigates possibilities for market-based benchmarks based on EPDs

A lack of trustworthy approaches to interpret and compare LCA data is sometimes seen as a barrier for further EPD diffusion and use. With the declaration of the impact of a single product, how should the reader know if it is“better” or “worse” than competing products in the same product category?

In a new multi-year research project, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, an approach to develop benchmarks is tested based on actual LCA-data as they appear on the market in registered EPD´s. The project is carried out by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and focuses on the EPD database of the International EPD® system, currently containing more than 700 registered EPDs from organisations in 36 countries.

The first statistical analysis of some data sets indicates that the true distribution curves seem to be more identified as “skewed distribution”. If further statistical analysis show that true distribution curves for several product categories seldom are normal (sigmoid shaped) quite a new approach has to be taken to guide users on how to interpret and compare EPD-information in the future.

For more information about the research project, please contact sven-olof.ryding@ivl.se or sebastian.welling@ivl.se

Jun

6, 2017

Secretariat remains open during summer

Photo: Kristian Jelse, Used with permission

In 2017, the EPD International Secretariat will remain open during the summer period (July-August). As individual staff members may be off, please use info@environdec.com for all questions during this period.

We wish you all a pleasant summer!

Jun

2, 2017

Updated terminology and structure of construction product PCRs

Main PCR structure for construction products

The terminology around construction product PCRs has been updated to make it more clear and consistent with recent developments in standardisation:

  • PCR 2012:01 Construction products and construction services. This is the main implementation of the standard EN 15804, and may be used to create EPDs for all construction products with two limitations: a declared unit is used and the scope is limited to cradle-to-gate (with options).
  • PCR 2012:01 + Sub-PCRs. Using the general PCR complemented with a short "sub-PCR" for a specific product category, EPDs with a functional unit and cradle-to-grave scope may be published.

The relevant PCR and sub-PCRs have been updated with this new terminology.

Sub-PCRs are also planned to be the main way to implement "PCR standards" complementing EN 15804 developed by CEN Product Technical Committees. The Secretariat has initiated such sub-PCRs for all published and some upcoming "PCR standards" and will start a discussion with PCR moderators of existing PCR moderators in case of an overlap in scope.

In addition to this main structure, there are also stand-alone PCR documents for construction products:

  • Stand-alone PCRs compliant with EN 15804
  • Stand-alone PCRs not compliant with EN 15804

These exist mainly for legacy reasons and may be relevant to replace with sub-PCRs, when updated, on a case-to-case basis.

 

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May

30, 2017

Save the date: 5th EPD International Stakeholder Conference on September 20th

EPD Stakeholder Conference London. (c) Freeimages.com/Nimalan Tharmalingam

The EPD International Stakeholder Conference 2017 will take place in London, United Kingdom, on Wednesday, September 20th 2017. Following successful events in Bologna, Stockholm, Bordeaux and Milan, the event is expected to gather EPD stakeholders from industry, academia and others sectors for a chance to meet and learn about the latest developments in the world of Environmental Product Declarations.

Save the date in your calendar. More information and the possibility to register for the event will come soon.

May

25, 2017

Case study of the Swedish Transport Administration

Trafikverket Case Study

Trafikverket is responsible for the overall long-term infrastructure planning of road, rail, sea and air transport in Sweden. Since a few years they work with LCA calculations in new construction of roads and railways. The Swedish government has high ambitions to make Sweden climate neutral to 2045 at latest.

“Climate change is a very urgent matter that has real consequences already here and now, but that will be much worse if we do not reduce GHG emissions to zero in the middle of the century. In the instruction for our administration it is clear that we shall contribute to this goal.”

Trafikverket have therefore set up a vision to have a climate neutral infrastructure to 2045. The goals towards the vision is to reduce the emissions by 15 percent to 2020 and 30 percent to 2025.

“These goals are transformed into procurement criteria’s that our contractors have to fulfil. If they perform even better, there is possibility to get bonus. Our climate calculation tool “Klimatkalkyl” is used for calculating the initial baseline for a certain project and to verify that the contractors fulfil the reduction requirements regarding greenhouse gas emissions.”

For Trafikverket EPD is a good tool to use in the construction of infrastructure, there life cycle perspective is necessary when focusing on the transport infrastructure, as the emissions do not necessarily occur during the construction phase.

“In many cases the emissions from the production of material are significant. An important measure in order to decrease the emissions from transport infrastructure is therefore to use material with better environmental performance. EPDs are required in order to verify the emissions of greenhouse gases for the material used. By requiring EPDs based on EN 15804, we can ensure that all materials in all our projects are evaluated on the same basis.”

Trafikverkets work is based on life cycle perspective that can be implemented in several ways. Trafikverket think that extensive case studies can be used for developing knowledge on a more general basis, to govern policy decisions. But how have they proceeded?

“Life cycle calculations may be used in each single project to govern case specific decisions, such as the choice of construction design and material supplier. To make that feasible we found it important to provide background LCA data and a calculations tool that is easy to use for non-LCA experts that can ensure that the same system boundaries are used regardless of the project type.”  

“Therefore we developed the tool “Klimatkalkyl”. We also found it necessary to make some simplifications, especially in the early planning stages of a project, when still not that much information is available on the use of different materials. Therefore the tool Klimatkalkyl provide  resource templates for different type measures or construction components. In the early planning we accept a high level of uncertainty as we consider it as being better than having no estimates at all. As the project proceeds, the templates are substituted by case specific information and the preciseness of the results increases.”

Trafikverkets recommendation for those who wants to implement life cycle thinking, is to not underestimate the effort it takes to communicate and implement the new practice within the organization. Developing a model is just one part of the work and to implement it in the work processes and the steering documents is also important. Communication is a key to success.

In Sweden Trafikverket has got positive respons from the Swedis companies, since they started to set requirements.  

“We have examples where companies start working with LCA-calculations and EPDs to be able to declare and improve their climate performance. There is a growing knowledge about climate impact from the construction and maintenance of infrastructure. Increased knowledge and awareness is a good start for making the necessary improvements.”

 

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May

23, 2017

First EPD® registrations from Chile in the International EPD® System

EPD map

Gerdau has become the first company to register Environmental Product Declarations from Chile in the International EPD® System. The EPDs transparently declare the environmental impacts of reinforced steel bars and steel profiles based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The EPD was verified by approved independent verifier Alejandro Pablo Arena.

With the addition of EPDs from Chile, there are now EPDs registered in 36 countries in the International EPD® System. The EPDs were registered via EPD Latin America, the local contacts of the International EPD® System for EPD registrations, helpdesk and marketing of EPDs in Mexico and Chile

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