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May

22, 2014

500th EPD® published

The International EPD® System was launched in 1998 as the first programme for environmental declarations. Now the 500th EPD® since the start has been published. The company getting the honour of issuing the 500th EPD® is Gyproc AB in Sweden, which is part of the Saint-Gobain group. The growth in the number of EPDs has increased rapidly the last few years. Last year 98 EPDs were issued, mainly from the food and construction sectors, which constitutes 20% of all EPD® registered since the start. 

"When the EPD® System started in 1998, the concept was brand new and there was not yet any ISO standard. I am very happy to see the tremendous growth and interest from companies to be transparent about their life cycle environmental impact" said Joakim Thornéus of the International EPD® System.

Read the 500th EPD from Gyproc AB

May

21, 2014

PCR published for Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables

PCR published for Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Vegetable juices and Other prepared and preserved vegetables, pulses and potatos have now been published in the International EPD® System. The PCR covers product classified in the UN CPC system as:

  • 2132 Vegetable juices
  • 2139 Other prepared and preserved vegetables, pulses and potatos

The development of the PCR was led by Adriana Del Borghi at the University of Genoa as the appointed PCR Moderators in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, 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 these types of product in a transparent and comparable way.

May

19, 2014

New pilots for food sector announced for EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)

PCRs to be used as basis for PEFCR pilots

The European Commission JRC has announced the draft list of the second wave pilots in the EU Product Environmental Footprint initiative. This second wave is related to food & drink products, and similar sectors, and will be carried out in paralell to the pilots that have already started.

The pilots will develop Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs), which are the corresponding documents to Product Category Rules (PCRs) as defined by ISO 14025 for environmental declarations.

Out of the announced 11 pilots, there are already PCRs available for seven in the Internaitonal EPD System. They are:

  • Beer, proposed by Brewers of Europe (corresponding to the existing PCR 2011:21)
  • Dairy, proposed by the European Dairy Association (corresponding to the existing PCR 2013:16, PCR 2013:17 and PCR 2013:18)
  • Meat (bovine, pigs and sheep), proposed by the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (corresponding to the existing PCR 2012:11)
  • Pasta, proposed by the Union of Organisations of Manufacturers of Pasta Products in the EU (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:01)
  • Packed water, proposed by the European Federation of Bottled Waters (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:11)
  • Olive oil, coordinated by CO2 Consulting S.L. (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:07)
  • Wine, proposed by the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (corresponding to the existing PCR 2010:02)

The PEFCR pilots for which there is no fully-compatible PCR already available are:

  • Coffee, proposed by the European Coffee Federation
  • Feed for food producing animals, proposed by the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation
  • Fish for human consumption, proposed by the Norwegian Seafood Federation
  • Pet food (cats & dogs), proposed by the European Pet Food Industry Federation

An important basis of all PEFCRs is that existing documents are taken into account. The Secretariat will therefore follow and comment on the pilots, and proactively contact all project managers to ensure that they are aware of the existing PCRs.

Awaiting the results of the PEF pilot in a few years, the International EPD® System already exists as an open, credible, robust and transparent system for communication of the environmental performance of products on the international market.

May

14, 2014

First Latin American EPD

First Latin American EPD

The Mexican company Aisantes Minerales has developed the first Latin American EPD. The declared product is Rolan insulation boards. With Aisantes Minerales from Mexico, there are now organizations from 21 countries with environmental product declarations within the International EPD System.

Read the EPD

May

6, 2014

Eight new EPDs from Barilla

Eight new EPDs from Barilla

Barilla has published eight new EPDs for different types of biscuits. In addition they have also published four updated versions of previous EPDs. The following EPDs are new:

New EPDs:

 

 

May

6, 2014

Upcoming workshop: Discussion of the latest draft PCR for lifts (elevators)

The PCR for lifts (elevators) has been under development since May 2013 with Nikolay Minkov at TU Berlin as the appointed PCR Moderator. During the open consultation, an extensive amount of comments was received.

It was therefore decided to publish a new draft, on which stakeholders are kindly requested to comment upon during a second open consultation (deadline: 2014-06-30). To ensure that no comments are given on requirements set by the General Programme Instructions, please check the list of comments already received and their replies before submitting new comments.

To provide input to the second open consultation, a physical workshop will also be organised by the European Lift Association (ELA) with support by the PCR Moderator. This workshop will take place in Berlin on June 25-26 and will be free of charge. The workshop will aim at reaching a common understanding of all open issues and to provide input to the final draft together with any written feedback provided during the open consultation. Please contact the PCR Moderator, Nikolay Minkov, to register or to receive more information.

After this second open consultation has finished, the final draft will be reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System. The final PCR document is expected to be published in early autumn 2014.

Apr

29, 2014

The two first Guidance-compliant PCRs published

PCRs

The first two Product Category Rules in the International EPD® System that were developed in compliance with the Guidance for PCR development have now been published:

The development of the PCRs was led by Nikolay Minkov at TU Berlin. Adopting the mandatory elements of the Guidance meant that the PCR template was adjusted, the review phase included a conformity assessment and other additions compared to the requirements in the General Programme Instructions.

PCR Moderators are welcome to adopt the Guidance for PCR development on a case-to-case basis in the International EPD® System.

Apr

28, 2014

Case study: Acciona declares the impact of infrastructure

Acciona

Acciona proves its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first construction company worldwide to register an EPD for civil infrastructures.

This case study is part of a series demonstrating how different companies have chosen to use EPDs as part of their communication and environmental managment activities.

Apr

24, 2014

PCR for Bakery products updated to comply with latest programme instructions

PCR Bakery products

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for PCR for Sibakery products has now been updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions. The changes were minor why the document still has the same validity as before.

Any stakeholder is now welcome to develop and register Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.

Apr

23, 2014

PCR for Carbon capture and storage (CCS) services published

PCR Carbon capture and storage (CCS) services

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of carbon capture and storage (CCS) services have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Michela Gallo and Adriana Del Borghi at the University of Genoa as the appointed PCR Moderators in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, 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 CCS in a transparent and comparable way.

Apr

22, 2014

PCR for Paints and varnishes and related products published

PCR Paints and varnishes

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of paints and varnishes and related products have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Karin Sanne at AkzoNobel as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, 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 paints and varnishes in a transparent and comparable way.

Apr

22, 2014

Updated PCR for Sauces

PCR Sauces

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for sauces have undergone a major update, and is now once again available.

The update of the PCR was led by Paola Borla at Life Cycle Engineering as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD System, 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 Technical Committee.

With the PCR now once again available, any company is welcome to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of their olive oil in a transparent and comparable way.

Apr

21, 2014

PCR for Site remediation and clean-up services, soil and groundwater updated to comply with latest programme instructions

PCR PCR for Site remediation and clean-up services, soil and groundwater

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for PCR for Site remediation and clean-up services, soil and groundwaterhas now been updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions. The changes were minor why the document still has the same validity as before.

Any stakeholder is now welcome to develop and register Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.

Apr

17, 2014

Happy Easter holidays!

Image: [c] Flickr.com / Aussiegal. License: CC BY 2.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Secretariat would like to wish you all a happy Easter holiday!

The office will be closed from Thursday April 17th and reopen on Tuesday April 22nd. On April 22-25th, Kristian Jelse (kristian@environdec.com) will be the contact person for all urgent matters.

Apr

16, 2014

New recommendation for PCR Moderators

PCR approval and publication phase

Developing Product Category Rules may be a long process, spanning several months, and involving many stakeholders. Besides the PCR Moderator, the draft document often involvs work performed by different stakeholders in preparing or commenting on the document, the Secretariat and the Technical Committee.

To avoid that any work is done for PCRs that in the end are never published, the Secretariat has issued a new recommendation for PCR Moderators for the Approval and Publication phase:

After comments have been provided by the Technical Committee (TC), it is recommended that the update of the draft PCR is done within one month of the comments provided by TC to avoid any draft PCR to become stalled in such a late phase of its development.

As before, PCR Moderators are encouraged to keep an active communication with the Secretariat during PCR development. This is key for spreading information to other stakeholders via www.environdec.com, the EPD Newsletter and through other channels.

Please contact Kristian Jelse, Project Manager PCR Library and PCR development, if you have any questions on PCR development.