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Sep

23, 2014

PCR published: Sparkling wine

PCR Sparkling wine

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Sparkling wine of fresh grapes have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Elisabet Amat at LAVOLA as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, which are based on ISO 14025. During the development of the document, it has been subject for an open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the appointed Technical Committee.

The PCR is now available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of sparkling wine in a transparent and comparable way.

Sep

11, 2014

EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators Survey 2014

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An important part of our efforts to improve the International EPD® System is the feedback we receive from our stakeholders. We therefore launch two annual surveys, one for general feedback on the program and one specifically aimed for PCR moderators. Two similar surveys was performed in 2013, and it is now time to follow-up.

We kindly request EPD stakeholders and PCR Moderators to take the relevant survey. If you belong to both categories, we kindly ask you to fill in both surveys. One survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and we do not record any of your personal information, such as name or e-mail.

The deadline for completing the survey is October 17th, 2014, after which we will analyze the results.

Your answers are much appreciated for the constant improvement process of the International EPD® System!

Sep

8, 2014

Launch of the Australasian EPD Programme

Launch of the Australasian EPD Programme

Press Release from the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Launch of the Australasian EPD Programme

Wellington – 2 September 2014: The Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) announced today that the Australasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme has been launched at the New Zealand Life Cycle Assessment Conference in Wellington – the first programme of its kind in Australasia.

EPDs are designed to meet the global market demand for science-based, transparent information about product environmental performance. “The Australasian EPD Programme is an important step towards making Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) mainstream in New Zealand and Australia”, says Barbara Nebel, President of LCANZ. Initiated by LCANZ, the Australasian EPD Programme was jointly developed with the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) in alliance with the International EPD System, one of the world's largest and most reputable EPD programme operators.

The Australasian EPD Programme has been set up as a separate company with funding from BRANZ and the Sustainable Steel Council. “This trans-Tasman initiative builds on the International EPD System to ensure international recognition and compatibility as well as a cost effective way of leveraging off existing experience”, comments Bryan King, Director of the Australasian EPD Programme. Mr King emphasises further that “without the significant financial kick-start funding we would not be in a position to start this world-class EPD Programme today.”

More honesty in sustainability

EPDs are based on an LCA study that follows fixed rules – called Product Category Rules (PCR) – for a specific product or product group. “This creates a level playing field. All plasterboard or street lighting products will follow the same rules or PCR for the appropriate product group”, describes Barbara Nebel, “and in contrast to many self-declared ‘green’ labels an EPD does not claim whether a product is more sustainable or greener than another.” The verified declaration simply discloses environmental information. Comparisons or rankings need to be made by professionals, such as architects, specifiers or procurement managers.

Importance for EPDs increases

EPDs are common in Europe, the US and parts of Asia and are gaining importance in Australasia. “From 2014, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) provides credits for EPDs and building-level Life Cycle Assessment within Green Star”, explains Rob Rouwette, President of ALCAS. “In addition, all EPDs performed in Australasia will be compatible with those in the EU. This will facilitate the export of goods into the EU - the largest single marketplace in the world with a GDP of nearly US$18 trillion.”

- Ends -

About EPDs and benefits for industry

An EPD is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules that have been developed through a stakeholder consultation process. These impacts are based on the product’s consumption of raw materials and energy, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil and water over its full life cycle.

Meeting customer needs: EPDs provide a clear and transparent basis for communication of the environmental performance of products.   

Identification of efficiency opportunities: Developing an EPD can lead to opportunities for identification of efficiency gains and cost savings.

Added credibility: Using a science-based approach and third-party verification, EPDs provide a consistent basis for declaring environmental impacts arising from products.

Helping achieve a “level playing field”: Products can only be fairly compared if they perform the same function, e.g. drying a pair of hands and by using standard, internationally agreed rules for the environmental assessment.

Preparing for changing market needs: As sustainability becomes an important driver in international and local markets, the development of the Australasian EPD Programme will ensure that New Zealand and Australian businesses are well prepared for changing market needs.

International recognition: EPDs are increasingly used to support product environmental credentials in key export markets, including Europe, Asia and the USA. The Australasian EPD Programme will provide an internationally recognised entry point for New Zealand businesses wanting to raise the environmental profile of their products. For construction product manufacturers, products with EPDs are increasingly gaining additional points under green building rating systems, such as Green Star (Australia), LEED and BREEAM.

About The Australasian EPD® Programme

The Australasian EPD® Programme provides a trans-Tasman platform for communicating credible environmental information. The Australasian EPD® Programme is aligned with its partner organization, the International EPD® System, to enable a harmonized and efficient platform for global EPD development and communication. The Australasian EPD® Programme is a strategic joint venture of the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand and The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society. http://www.epd-australasia.com/

About the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ)

The Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) provides a focal point for life cycle assessment and management in New Zealand. Another key goal of LCANZ is the promotion of life cycle thinking among businesses and the wider public. www.lcanz.org.nz

About the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS)

The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) is Australia’s peak professional organisation for people involved in the use and development of life cycle assessment, management and thinking. www.alcas.asn.au

Contact:

Barbara Nebel, President of LCANZ
Phone: +64 4 889 25 20 or +64 21 0731 752, Email: president@lcanz.org.nz

Sep

5, 2014

ECO Platform Open conference on October 16th

Logotype (c) ECO Platform

On October 16th, ECO Platform will organise an event at the headquarters of Construction Products Europe. Speakers will explain the work and achievements of the platform since its founding one year ago, its future goals, and there will be a handing-over of the first ECO Platform EPDs.

The International EPD® System is one of the eleven founding organisations of the platform and works to align with the common understanding of technical issues, quality management and communication of environmental declarations of construction products

Aug

27, 2014

First New Zealand EPD Published

Allied concrete

Allied Concrete has become the first company to register an EPD from New Zealand in the International EPD® System.

Their EPD covers a range of 8 strengths of ready mix concrete from 28 batching plants around New Zealand using cement manufactured by Holcim Cement's Westport plant. The EPD parameters describe environmental impacts based on one cubic meter of concrete, averaged across all plants covered by the EPD. Allied Concrete is a privately owned company with approximately half of its plants run in partnership with Holcim NZ.

“We decided that using the EPD format was a transparent and smart way of presenting our product environmental profile,” commented Chris Munn, National Technical Manager Allied Concrete. “I would recommend the EPD process and format to other people. We can now encourage our customers to select different concretes based on environmental considerations as well as structural performance. As a result of developing the EPD we also now have a system to drive efficiency improvements (direct costs and material saving) across the business, and assess the environmental impact of business decisions.”

The EPD was developed and verified using the recently published PCR for concrete, PCR 2013:02 CPC 375 Concrete (Compliant with EN 15804), prepared by the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative.

With the addition of an EPD from New Zealand, there are now EPDs from 23 countries from four continents published in the International EPD® System.

Aug

26, 2014

Event: Breakfast seminar about EPDs and the food sector

Image credit: [cc by 2.0 license] Michael Cavén @ Flickr

On September 12th, the International EPD® System will host a breakfast seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, to talk about the opportunities of using EPD® for food and agriculture products. We will give an overview of EPD® and PCR, and current harmonization efforts currently ongoing internationally. A special guest presentation will be given by Massimo Marino, Chair of the Technical Committee, who will present how Italian companies are using EPDs as part of their sustainability strategy.

For further information (in Swedish), please contact Kristian Jelse at kristian@environdec.com. The number of participants is limited, and there will unfortunately not be any web broadcast.

If you have any ideas or requests for EPD related events, feel free to share them with us via info@environdec.com.

Update: The seminar is now fully booked.

Aug

20, 2014

First EPD from India published in the International EPD® System

Gyproc logotype

Saint-Gobain Gyproc India has become the first company to register an EPD from India in the International EPD® System. The EPD concern their 12.5 mm plasterboard intended to be used in most system applications where normal fire, structural and acoustic levels are specified.

With the addition of an EPD from India and the recent publication of a New Zealand EPD, there are now EPDs from 23 countries from four continents published in the International EPD® System.

Aug

11, 2014

Eight EPDs from Ofita

Eight EPDs from Ofita

The Spanish furniture designer and manufacturer OFITA INTERIORES S.A. has published 8 EPDs for a range of their products, including office desks, rolling pedestals and cabinets. 

OFITA INTERIORES has been designing and producing and equipment of work spaces for over 45 years. Ofita has 50,000 m2 of industrial facilities in Spain as well as showrooms all around the world. Ofita pioneered ecodesign as the first office furniture company in the world to certify an ecodesign management system based on the initial EN 150301 standard, which some years ago became encompassed by the current ISO 14006 standard.

These 8 EPDs are the first office furniture EPDs developed and third-party certified in Spain based on the ISO 14025 standard, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and public environmental information transparency.
 
The EPDs where developed with the assistance of the LCA-expert company IK INGENIERIA (member of Environdec) and the verification procedure was carried out by TECNALIA R&I CERTIFICACIÓN, the first Accredited Certification Body in Spain.
 
The EPDs were developed and verified using the recently-updated PCR PCR 2012:19 Other furniture, of a kind used in offices and Other furniture n.e.c , which includes under its scope the CPC codes 3812 "Other furniture, of a kind used in offices" and CPC 3814 "Other furniture n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)" .
 
Ofita’s website: http://ofita.com/en/

Jul

14, 2014

Problem with file attachments in the PCR Forum (likely) solved

During the last week, some EPD stakeholders have had issues when uploading or downloading file attachments, such as PDF, ZIP and DOC files, in the PCR Forum. This issue should now have been solved and the forum work as intended.

In case any problems persist, please contact the Secretariat at webmaster@environdec.com, with:

  • Link to the thread in which the problem occured
  • Error code/message provided by the system
  • Webbrowser and operating system used.

Jul

14, 2014

PCR Updated: Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal

PCR document

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal have been updated to version 2.0. The PCR with registration number 2012:02 was originally published in January 2012 in the International EPD® System.

The update was led by the PCR Moderator Eva Martínez Herrero at Fundación centro tecnológico de miranda de ebro (CTME) in Spain. The key changes in the update include:

  • Updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions (version 2.01)
  • Minor editorial changes and clarifications, e.g. the inclusion of primary and secondary packaging was added.
  • Clarification that specific data shall be used in the core module.
  • Methods used to assess noise, vibration and electromagnetic wave emissions shall be declared in the EPD.
  • Clarification that parameters shall be included in Declared Unit.
  • Examples of quantification of diffusion emissions were included in Allocation Rules.
  • A template to collect the information of chemical preparations was included in Data Quality Rules.
  • A recycling declaration and end of life scenarios were included.
  • References were added.

The updated PCR is avialable to develop and register EPDs. The validity of the new version is until 2018-01-25.

Jul

8, 2014

Read the latest newsletter - #6 2014

A new version of the EPD newsletter has been published. If you don't already subscribe, you can read the latest edition and past versions here.

Jul

3, 2014

Press release: IVL new owner of the International EPD® System

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PRESS RELEASE, 2014-07-02

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is taking over the EPD ® System for Environmental Product Declarations when the Swedish Environmental Management Council is liquidated. In this way additional expertise, experience and development resources will be tied to the EPD system by IVL's international operations, deep expertise and network of contacts. For IVL the takeover is a logic step in the already pointed out direction of broad focus on LCA (life cycle assessments), resource-efficient and climate-friendly products and system analysis for sustainable development. 

 – We are very excited about this opportunity to take over the EPD system. It fits perfectly with IVL's current operations and our expansion plans, says Tord Svedberg, CEO at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The international EPD program has been part of the Swedish Environmental Management Council since the program was founded in 1998. When the Swedish Parliament decided to phase out the Swedish Environmental Management Council and move procurement activities to the Swedish Competition Authority, a new, stable and independent residence for the international EPD system was sought. The choice fell on IVL who took over on July 1.

– We feel that this solution is very safe. The international EPD system is gaining ground and Sweden has been a pioneer in credible and transparent communication of environmental performance of products, says Sven-Olof Ryding, the initiator of the international EPD system and CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council.

The activities within the international EPD system will be operating as a subsidiary of IVL, with the same personnel and purpose as before. In addition, the EPD program will be enhanced by IVL's collaboration with various sectors, industries, communities and other organisations. IVL's experts on LCA, eco-design, sustainable procurement, sustainable construction, energy efficiency and non-toxic and safe production are also expected to contribute to the further development of the EPD system and its applications.

 – We will, along with our partners in 20 countries, focus on the continued development of the EPD program. We also wish to strengthen our cooperation with our customers. Together with our international technical committee, we will focus on a development that will be based on user needs and customer requests, says Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL that participated as expert in the technical committee for the EPD system from start.

IVL started its LCA activities in 1990 and its early work on a Nordic framework became one of the forerunners to ISO standards within the Life Cycle Analysis area. IVL's employees have since then been a driving force in the international development of the ISO standards and LCA. Among other things IVL employees currently participate in the European Commission's development of environmental footprints, as well as in the development of ISO standards for PCRs, footprints and construction products..

For more information contact:
Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute,
phone: +46-31-725 62 64/+46-730-789 703
Sven-Olof Ryding: CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council,
phone: +46-70-568 81 11

The international EPD ® program is a voluntary program for the communication of the impact of a product or service, from start to finish. The program, which is based on ISO 14025 and other international standards, is based on objectivity and transparency.

Jul

2, 2014

PCR published for Insulation materials

PCR Insulation materials

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Insulation materials have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Stefano Rossi at Life Cycle Engineering as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions, based on ISO 14025. During the development of the document, it has been subject for an open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the appointed Technical Committee.

This PCR aims towards compliance with the European standard EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products). (Core rules for the product category of construction products).

The PCR is now available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of this type of product in a transparent and comparable way.

Jun

25, 2014

Nine EPDs published by SANTEX S.p.A.

SANTEX products

The Italian company SANTEX S.p.A. has published nine EPDs for a range of their absorbent hygiene products:

  • S-P-00566 SANTEX Egosan & Florelle Lady Light Inco
  • S-P-00567 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Cintura
  • S-P-00568 SANTEX Rettangolare
  • S-P-00569 SANTEX Egosan Traverse Salvaletto
  • S-P-00570 SANTEX Egosan Sagomato
  • S-P-00571 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina
  • S-P-00572 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina Natural Comfort
  • S-P-00573 SANTEX Egosan Pannoloni Mutandina Vita Soft
  • S-P-00574 SANTEX Egosan Pants Natural Comfort

The EPDs were developed and verified using their recently-awarded EPD Process Certification by Certiquality.

Jun

23, 2014

Summer schedule at the Secretariat, 2014

Photo: Johan Hansson, Flickr (Licence: CC BY 2.0)

The Secretariat will be closed for about two weeks during the summer period of 2014. For any questions the EPD System, EPDs, PCRs or EPD registrations, please use the following contacts:

Dates Main contact, all topics
July 5 - July 18 kristian@environdec.com
July 19 - August 3 Secretariat closed
August 4 - August 12 joakim@environdec.com
August 13 - August 17 Secretariat closed

We kinly request EPD registrations in July to be submitted no later than July 16th.

The Secretariat wishes you a very pleasant summer!