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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.

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.