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Feb

5, 2014

Event: Breakfast seminar in Sweden - Opportunities of using EPDs for construction products and buildings

In March, the International EPD® System will host two breakfast seminars in Swedish to talk about and discuss the opportunities of using EPD® for construction products and buildings. We will give an overview of EPD® and PCR, feature a current case study and present the current harmonization efforts currently ongoing across Europe.

For further information (in Swedish), please contact Kristian Jelse at kristian@environdec.com.

Update: The event in Stockholm is now fully booked.

Jan

31, 2014

PCR for steel under development branched into two documents

A PCR for steel products has existed in the International EPD® System for a long time, dating back to the now expired PCR 2002:01 "Steel products".

Since this PCR expired, a new one has been under development for the last two years, but not yet been finalized. This replacement PCR was last available for open consultation in early 2013. During this open consultation phase, diverging interests were identified among the stakeholders:

  • Those stakeholders wishing to use the document for construction products of steel, compliant with the European standard EN 15804, for EPDs in a European context.
  • Those stakeholders wishing to use the document for other types of steel products, for EPDs with a global scope.

After long discussions between the Secretariat, the PCR Moderator and other stakeholders, it was therefore decided to branch the document into two after the open consultation:

  1. One PCR for “Fabricated steel construction products”, compliant with EN 15804 and applicable to European conditions. PCR Moderator: Anxo Mourelle Álvarez, CO2Consulting (same moderator as before)
  2. One PCR for “Fabricated steel products, except construction products, machinery and equipment”, applicable globally. PCR Moderator: Gorka Benito Alonso, IK Ingenieria

The two different PCR Moderators will now lead the development of the two branched documents, based on the same draft but now updated to comply with the latest General Programme Instructions and PCR template.

The PCR for non-construction steel products is from today, available for a second open consultation. This second round is inserted in the PCR process to ensure that stakeholders have the opportunity to give feedback on the final draft after the branching of the two documents. omments may be sent directly to the PCR Moderator Gorka Benito Alonso or posted on the PCR Forum on www.environdec.com. This PCR for non-construction steel products is expected to be published in April 2014.

The status of the development of the PCR for fabricated steel construction products, compliant with EN 15804, is currently unknown by the Secretariat why there is no expected date of publication.

 

Jan

24, 2014

Updated PCR for "Other special-purpose machinery and parts thereof"

PCR Other special-purpose machinery and parts thereof

The PCR for Other special-purpose machinery and parts thereof have now been updated to Version 3.0, compatible with the version 2.01 of the General Programme Instructions and the latest developents in the industry.

The document covers UN CPC class 449, which among other products covers the following sub-classes:

  • 44911 - Centrifugal clothes driers
  • 44912 - Dryers for wood, paper pulp, paper or paperboard and for other materials except agriculture products
  • 44913 - Machinery for making pulp of fibrous cellulosic material or for making or finishing paper or paperboard; machinery (except bookbinding machinery) for making up paper pulp, paper or paperboard
  • 44914 - Bookbinding machinery; machinery for type-setting and the like; printing machinery and machines for uses ancillary to printing (except office type sheet-fed offset printing machinery)
  • 44915 - Machinery n.e.c. for working rubber or plastics or for the manufacture of products from these materials
  • 44916 - Moulding boxes for metal foundry; mould bases; moulding patterns; moulds for metal (except ingot moulds), metal carbides, glass, mineral materials, rubber or plastics
  • 44917 - Stand-alone photocopiers, printers and facsimile machines
  • 44918 - Machines and apparatus of a kind used solely or principally for the manufacture of semiconductor boules or wafers, semiconductor devices, electronic integrated circuits or flat panel displays
  • 44919 - Special-purpose machinery n.e.c. (including machinery for isotopic separation, machines for assembling electric lamps in glass envelopes, machines for manufacturing glassware and rope making machines)

The document was prepared by AfidampFAB with the technical support of Studio Fieschi and has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCR may now be used by any company to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.

Jan

23, 2014

Website now available in Turkish and Czech

The website of the International EPD® System (www.environdec.com) is now available in two new languages: Turkish and Czech. The translations were made to meet the increasing demand for EPDs from these markets where there are also local offices of the system.

In total, www.environdec.com is now available in six languages:

The language may be changed via the links on the top of the page.

Jan

20, 2014

Nesher registers the first EPD® from Israel

Nesher EPDs

Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises has become the first company from Israel to register EPD®s in the International EPD® System. With the publication of these documents, there are now EPD®s from 20 different countries currently published on www.environdec.com.

The EPD®s describe the environmental performance of the products from raw material extraction to the produced product (cradle-to-gate) and has been made and verified in accordance with the Product Category Rules for Cement and the EN 15804 standard.

The LCA and EPD were developed by Assif Strategies, a member of the International EPD® System.

The products that have been declared are three types of Portland cement for different applications. The EPD®s are available for download in PDF format by following the link below.

Jan

17, 2014

Read the latest newsletter

Newsletter 1, 2014 is available here. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter it can be done using the form found on this page.

Jan

14, 2014

First EPD for road infrastructure published

ACCIONA EPD

ACCIONA Infrastructure has published the first EPD® according to the recently published Product Category Rules for Highways, Streets and Roads in the International EPD® System. The subject of the environmental product declaration is the construction of the N-340 road in Elche in southern Spain.

The declaration describes the environmental performance of the construction, operation and maintenance of the road infrastructure per kilometre, assuming a lifespan of 20 year. The environmental performance is described in detail using indicators such as resource use, global warming potential, acidification potential and waste production.

Jan

9, 2014

New record for number of visits to environdec.com in 2013

A new record was set in 2013 with more than 96,000 visits to www.environdec.com, which is a +30% growth since the year before. The geographical spread of the visits was great with 20 countries recording more than 1000 of the visits. The top five countries were Italy, USA, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

We hope to make the website even more usable and to attract even more visitors in 2014. Any feedback and suggestions on how to improve the webpage is appreciated, and may be sent to info@environdec.com.

Jan

3, 2014

Elopak publishes four EPDs for beverage cartons

Elopak publishes four EPDs for beverage cartons

Elopak has recently published EPDs for four of their beverage cartons in the International EPD® System:

The documents declare in a transparent way the environmental impact of the products from raw material extraction to the entry gate of the beverage filling factory.

Elopak produces around 13 billion cartons globally, through 15 manufacturing plants and a global network of sales and service personnel. Elopak is the first company to make use of the PCR for beverage cartons.

Dec

20, 2013

PCR for Bridges and elevated highways published

PCR for Bridges and elevated highways

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published for infrastructure in the International EPD® System: Bridges and elevated highways (UN CPC 53221).

The PCR was developed by R.T.I. NIER Ingegneria SpA, LCA-lab srl, ANAS S.p.A, and it has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCR may now be used by companies to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.

Dec

11, 2013

Granarolo publishes the first EPD® for eggs and cheese

Granarolo products

The Italian food company Granarolo S.p.a. has developed the first EPD®s for eggs and cheese, with the publication of the following two documents in the International EPD® System:

The EPD®s describe the environmental impacts of agriculture, rearing, packaging production, manufacturing, transports and storage at home. The environmental impacts were calculated using life cycle assessment according to the applicable Product Category Rules, which ensures comparability of EPDs from different companies.

The EPD®s are freely available for download on www.environdec.com by following the links above.

Dec

5, 2013

Read Newsletter #5 2013

A new version of the International EPD System newsletter has been sent to the subscribers. Newsletter #5 2013 as well as previous versions can be found here.

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, please follow this link.

Dec

4, 2013

New verification report for construction product EPDs

As a part of the cooperation within the ECO-Platform, the participation programme operators have agreed on a common format for the verification report for construction product EPDs. The new verification report is available here.

Dec

3, 2013

PCR for Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths published

PCR for Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths published

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published for infrastructure in the International EPD® System: Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths (UN CPC 2719).

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) and has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCRs may now be used by companies to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.

Dec

2, 2013

Five new PCR Basic Modules published

PCR Basic Modules are the building blocks for PCRs. Image: Nomi / istockphoto.com

Five new PCR Basic Modules have now been published are are ready to be used as starting points for PCR for underlying groups, classes and subclasses:

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC classification system, e.g. 01 or 02. They do not constitute PCRs in themselves, but are instead intended as a starting point for development of PCRs that are defined at the three, four or five digit level of the UN CPC classification. Deviations of LCA methodology compared to the PCR Basic Modules is allowed, but should be highlighted in the document.

The documents are available for download directly in word format. Our hope is that this will enable the documents to be used even more easily as templates in the preparation of PCRs by the PCR Moderators together with other stakeholders.

If you have any questions regarding the PCR Basic Modules, please contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.