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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.

Nov

26, 2013

EPDs discussed on Spanish conference

On November 22th, the “Sustainability and environmental management in furniture, habitat and wood sector” event was held in Bilbao, Spain.

This event was organized by the “Cluster Association of the Habitat, Wood, Office and Hospitality Sector” with the collaboration of the International EPD System Associate Partner IHOBE (Basque Country’s Government Environmental Public Agency) and the member organization IK INGENIERIA.
The objective of the event was to strengthen sustainability and promote Ecodesign and Environmental Product Declarations in the field of furniture, habitat and wood construction sectors.

A hundred manufacturer representatives and sustainability experts meet in a very in depth event and attend 20 different presentations. Between them:

  • The recognized individual verifier RUBEN CARNERERO, explained how to inform stakeholders and clients about environmental performance of their products through environmental product declarations and ecodesign activities, and detailed the key elements and of the International EPD System certification program.
  • Two EPD certified manufacturers, PROTEC and EZARRI, explained their efforts towards sustainability and their experience developing and certifying environmental product declarations with the International EPD System.
  • 3 other manufacturers showed their works and LCA studies for developing environmental product declarations following the International EPD System Product Category Rules, which will be certified during last month of 2013 and first quarter of 2014.

Thanks to this event, the investment of the Basque Country’s manufacturer network towards sustainability and Environmental Product Declaration development was confirmed (approximately 75% of Spanish certified environmental product declarations within the International EPD System are from Basque Country region companies, which will be increased with new certifications during next months).

Nov

25, 2013

RSS feed now available for EPD news

It is now possible to read news from www.environdec.com from an RSS reader. Simply direct you application on your computer, tablet or smartphone to http://environdec.com/RSSFeed/ to receive all updates related to EPDs and PCRs. RSS is a web feed format commonly used to follow and aggregated news, blogs and other web sites.
 
As before, you may also receive news updates by visiting the website, by subscribing to the International EPD® System newsletter or by following @EPDSystem of Twitter.

Nov

21, 2013

Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System

The presentation “Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System” is now available for download. It was given by Kristian Jelse of the Secretariat during the SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium in the session of Product (Environmental Footprint) Category Rules.

Although much progress has been made in PCR Management in the history of PCRs, there is still need for continuous improvement the PCR process by programme operators. In the presentation, an overview was given of some of the key learnings that have been made during 15 years since the inception of the International EPD(r) System, e.g. the use of the UN CPC system for product classification and the recently introduced pilot network of PCRs for food.

Download presentation (PDF)

Nov

19, 2013

Updated EPDs from Monini

Updated EPDs from Monini

Monini SpA  has updated its EPDs for Classico, Delicato, Granfruttato and Poggiolo extra virgin olive oils.

Read the EPDs:

Nov

19, 2013

Results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys

EPD Stakeholders - Ranking of six key characteristics of the programme

The results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys are in. In total, 56 responses were submitted from stakeholders in industry, consultants, government and universities/institutes.

Key results, EPD Stakeholders:

The EPD Stakeholders participating in the study were happy with the support given by the Secretariat (mean: 4.0 out of five) during the EPD process. Getting information via the website or by contacting the Secretariat was OK but we still see room for improvement (3.7 and 3.8). Among those that had participated in one of the EPD Stakeholder conferences in Bologna or Stockholm, they were very pleased with the two events (4.2).

The EPD stakeholders were also asked to provide feedback on six key characteristics of the International EPD® System from “do not agree” (1) to “fully agree” (5). The results are displayed in the picture and show that the system is viewed as very credible and transparent, while there is still room for improvement in the cost-effectiveness of LCA-based declarations.

Key results, PCR Moderators:

The PCR Moderators were happy (mean: 4.0) with the existence of PCR Basic Modules, serving as starting points/templates for PCR development. The Basic Modules were recently updated to comply with the latest programme instructions, which should make them even more useful.

The support from the Secretariat during the PCR Process had room for improvement (mean: 3.7). With the quite recent introduction of a PCR Project Manager at the Secretariat as well as the pilot network of PCRs for food, we hope to have started the process in improving this service.

According the results of the survey, the weakest link of the PCR Process appears to be the comments from other stakeholders. They are not always seen as useful (mean: 3.2) when coming from those not very familiar with the EPD concept or with the semblance of lobbying. The Secretariat is working with broadening the stakeholder involvement in the open consultation. For example by making it possible to receive all PCR consultation within a certain product group.

The Secretariat would like to direct a warm thank you to those who participated in the survey, and will use the results to further improve its practices and communication. We hope that you will see the ongoing improvements, and are always happy to receive feedback via info@environdec.com.

Nov

4, 2013

EPD posters and presentations at SETAC Case Study Symposium

The International EPD® System will be present at the SETAC Europe 19th LCA Case Study Symposium. The event will take place in Rome, Italy on November 11-13, 2013 and is expected to gather some of the leading experts in the field of life cycle assessment and life cycle management.

Kristian Jelse at the Secretariat and members of the Technical Committee will present or co-author posters or presentations related to EPDs:

  • Presentation: Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System. Jelse, Kristian; Del Borghi, Adriana; Kara, Hüdai; Lindfors, Lars-Gunnar; Marino, Massimo; Peña, Claudia; Schenk, Rita; Setterwall, Caroline; Thornéus, Joakim
  • Presentation: Towards the Sustainability Product Declaration for pasta. Ruini , Luca; Marino, Massimo; Sessa, Filippo
  • Presentation: Product Carbon Footprint Standards: analysis and comparison. Case study: Barilla dry durum semolina pasta. Filareto , Assunta;   Ruini, Luca (Presenting author);   Marino, Massimo;   Sessa, Filippo
  • Poster: Communicating LCA results in a reliable way: the case of the food industry. Del Borghi Prof, Adriana; Gallo, Michela; Strazza, Carlo; Crudele, Pietro

Oct

25, 2013

PCR Basic Modules updated

The 41 PCR Basic Modules have now been updated to align with the latest version of the General Programme Instructions and other recent developments. They are available for download here on www.environdec.com.

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.

A new feature is also that the documents are available for download directly in word format instead of as PDF. 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.