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Mar

21, 2014

Two new EPDs for construction products

Two new EPDs for construction products

The Italian comany Beltrame has recently issued a certified EPD for merchant bars produced in two of their production plants in France and Italy. Another Italian company, Fresa Alluminio has issued an EPD for four of their windows profiles of aluminium. 

Read the EPDs:

Merchant bars from the Beltrame Group

Aluminium window profiles from Fresa Alluminio

Mar

18, 2014

New statistics of EPDs published per product category

EPDs published per category

After a revision of the product categories used to categorize EPDs and PCRs, an updated set of statistics have been produced. They show that the categories where most EPDs are currently published in the International EPD® System are:

  1. Food & agricultural products
  2. Construction products
  3. Machinery & equipment
  4. Wood & paper products (non-construction)

EPDs may be found by browsing per category:

Food & agricultural products
Construction products
Constructions & infrastructure
Electricity
Furniture & other goods
Textile & leather products
Machinery & equipment
Transport vehicles & equipment
Wood & paper products (non-construction)
Fuels & chemical products (non-construction)
Metal products (non-construction)
Services

Mar

12, 2014

Upcoming event: Sustainability certification of wine at Vinitaly conference

Upcoming event: Sustainability certification of wine at Vinitaly conference

The International EPD® System will be present at side-event to the Vinitaly conference in Verona on April 9th.

The side-event, organised by CCPB and Certiquality, will focus on different ways forward towards a sustainability declaration of wine. One of the invited guests is Massimo Marino, chair of the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System who will talk about EPDs from the point of view of a programme operator.

Mar

7, 2014

Read our latest newsletter (#3 2014)

The latest newsletter from the International EPD® System can be found here.

Feb

27, 2014

Case study: Top of Nordic electricity

Case study: Improving Nordic electricity

Vattenfall is still leading the league of EPD in Nordic electricity. It has five certified EPDs for electricity generated in the Nordic countries and the UK.

Feb

27, 2014

Product Category Rules for Buildings published

PCR 2014:02 Buildings

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of buildings have now been published in the International EPD System. The document is applicable for the European context, and aims towards compliance with the European standards:

  • EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works - Environmental product declarations - Core rules for the product category of construction products), and
  • EN 15978 (Sustainability of construction works - Assessment of environmental performance of buildings - Calculation method).

The development of the PCR was led by Ulf Wiklund at Tyréns 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 buildings in a transparent and comparable way.

Feb

24, 2014

COOP Italia publishes the first EPD® for beef and veal meat

COOP Italia EPDs for beef and veal meat

COOP Italia has as the first company produced and published EPD®s for beef and veal meat. The EPDs declares in a transparent way the resource use and environmental impacts that arises from the life cycle of 1 kg of bone-free meat at the shelf of a retailer in Italy. The document also includes a scenario for the cold storage and cooking of the meat in an Italian home.

The EPDs were developed with the technical support of Studio LCE, based on the Product Category Rules (PCR) for "Meat of mammals" that were published in 2013. The EPD document and the underlying life cycle assessment study was verified by an approved individual verifier to ensure that the rules and standards were followed.

The EPD library of the International EPD® System now contains a wide range of food items, such as burgers, pasta, flour, pastries, fruits, olive oil and dairy products, from companies wishing to be transparent of the environmental impact of their products.

Feb

18, 2014

New EPD for wine

New EPD for wine

The Italian wine producer Feudi San Gregorio have issued an EPD for their wine Pietracalda Fiano di Avellino. Although there have been EPDs for wine earlier, this is the first EPD for wine according to the PCR 2010:02, Wine of fresh grapes, except sparkling wine; grape must.

The EPD describes the environmental performance from the wine, from the activities on the wineyard, through the wine production and distribution of the product and end-of-life of the packaging.

Read the EPD

Feb

18, 2014

PCR for Home and SOHO Gateway presented at Intelec 2013 conference

During the “Intelec 2013” Conference, held in Copenhagen on October 2013, Telecom Italia and Politecnico di Torino presented an article describing LCA and EPD related activities on Telecom Italia commercial products used in the context of the operator’s broadband services.

The 2011 LCA study of a Telecom Italia Home Gateway was described, as performed by means of primary data collection and information from literature for all the stages of the life cycle of the product (cradle to grave approach). This approach allowed to calculate the whole environmental burden of “one modem unit” life cycle by means of a data collection performed in collaboration with Telecom Italia and ADB Broadband. The analysis took into account the manufacturing operations and all the supply chains considered significant for the study.

The analysis was developed according to the ISO Standards 14040, ISO 14044 and the International EPD® System General Programme Instructions (GPI, 2013) and it was performed by means a customized software for Life Cycle Assessment calculations. A Product Category Rules (PCR) document, developed (in cooperation with Zyxel) for the home gateway product category and taking into account the GPI, has been developed and then presented at the Conference; the aim was to enable the publication of a certified EPD providing details on the product’s environmental performance in a life cycle perspective. The resulting Home and SOHO Gateways PCR document replaced PCR 2005:02 Media Gateway (expired in 2008) and PCR ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line Customer Premises Equipment, expired in 2010). The actual PCR document was developed referring to the ETSI TS 103 199: "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of ICT equipment, networks and services", version 1.1.1, dated 2011-11.

During the presentations the advantages of the EPD adoption and the next steps for elaborating such a document for Telecom Italia home gateways on the basis of the LCA analysis were also shown.

The presentation was generally well received by the audience: a few questions have been received on the potential complexity of the analysis behind the EPD elaboration, but the availability of a guideline for this category of products has been appreciated. As well, some discussion has been held on the need for adopting a “light” approach to LCA analysis, restricting the scope to the necessary sub-phases of the life cycle and optimising the ratio between time/costs of the analysis and image advantages related to the publication of the EPD. It was also underlined that performing LCA analysis and elaborating an EPD contributes to the overall efficiency as it allows identifying environmental improvements for next generations of products also corresponding to cost reductions

Feb

17, 2014

PCR for cement updated to comply with latest programme instructions

PCR Cement v2.1

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for cement 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.

Since its first publication in September 2010, the PCR has been used by five copmanies to publish EPDs or their products.

With the update to comply with the latest programme instructions, we hope this PCR will be used to develop and register many more Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.

Feb

14, 2014

Meeting with an individual verifier

Robert Epsom, Individual verifier

We met with Robert Epsom at Atkins, an approved individual verifier in the International EPD® System, to talk about LCA, protecting the environment and promoting corporate sustainability from an individual verifier’s perspective.

Feb

11, 2014

Read our latest newsletter (#2 2014)

The latest newsletter from the International EPD System can be found here.

Feb

11, 2014

PCR for postal services published

Product Category Rules for postal services

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for postal services has now been published in the International EPD® System. The document is intended to be applicable globally and covers the product category UN CPC 6811 and sub-classes, which covers postal services related to letters, parcels and more.

The document has been prepared according to the PCR development process in the General Programme Instructions, based on ISO 14025:2006 and other international standards. The PCR Moderator was Pieter Reitsma at the International Post Corporation, who has led the work to prepare the document. The other participants were CTT Correios de Portugal, Correos y Telégrafos, PostNord and the United States Postal Service. During its development, the PCR was subject to two months open consultation on www.environdec.com, as well as review and approval by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System.

The PCR is now ready to be used to develop and register Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.

Feb

10, 2014

PCR for prefabricated buildings updated to comply with latest General Programme Instructions

PCR for Prefabricated buildings

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for prefabricated buildings 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.

Since its first publication in January 2013, the PCR has been used by  Sebach Srl to publish an EPD and a climate declaration of their portable toilets.

With the update to comply with the latest programme instructions, we hope this PCR will be used to develop and register many more Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.

Feb

6, 2014

Updated PCR for bottled waters

The PCR for bottled waters has been updated

The Product Category Rules (PCR) document for bottled waters has now been updated to version 2.0 and in accordance with the latest General Programme Instructions. 

Since its first publication in 2010, the PCR has been well used with five different companies currently using EPDs to declare the environmental impact of their products: Cerelia, San Benedetto, Coop Italia, Ferrarrelle and Lete. The document is intended to be applicable globally and covers the product category UN CPC 24410, which covers bottled waters, not sweetened or flavoured.

The document has been prepared according to the PCR development process in the General Programme Instructions, based on ISO 14025:2006 and other international standards. The PCR Moderator was Germana Olivieri at LCA–lab srl, who has led the work to updated the document. During its development, the PCR was subject to two months open consultation on www.environdec.com, as well as review and approval by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System.

The PCR is now once again ready to be used to develop and register Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in the International EPD® System for communication to stakeholders on national or international markets.