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Sep

18, 2013

Minor update to General Programme Instructions

GPI 2.01

In May this year, a major update of the General Programme Instructions was published by the International EPD® System. The launch was very well received and many PCRs have already been updated to comply with these revised rules.

Today, we are publishing a minor update to this document, named version 2.01, based on comments received from stakeholder. The changes are of minor editorial character as well as reformulations for clarify and increased quality.

PCRs compliant with version 2.0 of the instructions are also compliant with version 2.01.

Sep

17, 2013

Three PCRs published for dairy products

PCRs for dairy products

Three new Product Category Rule (PCR) documents have been published for different dairy products in the International EPD® System:

The PCRs were developed by a working group from Granarolo, Life Cycle Engineering, ENEA, Distretto Latte Lombardo, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli studi di Milano, Caseificio dell’Amiata, ICS and Latteria Montello. The PCRs have also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

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

Sep

16, 2013

PCR Published: Leather footwear

PCR Published: Leather footwear

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Leather footwear (UN CPC 2933).

The PCR was developed by Synesis consortium, ITIA-CNR, and industrial partnes from the footwear chain: accessories & components partners (tanneries, sole factories, upper-material factories) and final producers (shoe factories). The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

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

Sep

10, 2013

Guidance for PCR Development published

Guidance for PCR Development

Recently, the Guidance for Product Category Rule Development was published. This is an initiative for increasing quality and alignment of PCR development, led by the US Environmental Protection Agency and PRé Sustainability with participation from 40 organisations in 13 countries.

The International EPD® System participated in the steering committee of the initiative and has had an active role in providing comments on the different drafts. This is a very welcome publication as it may increase alignment and quality of PCRs published by different programme operators.

The Secretariat has assessed the compliance of the current version of the General Programme Instructions (version 2.0) and working procedure of the International EPD® System with the Guidance. The result was that the system is fully compliant with the Guidance with the exception of:

  • The rules for who prepares a PCR document is less strict in the International EPD® System. The Guidance requires that two industry representatives from different companies participate in the group preparing the draft PCR. As this has proved to be difficult in practice, this is a recommendation in the International EPD® System, but not a requirement. Sufficient industry involvement is instead made possible through the open consultation phase and assessed during the review.
  • The PCRs developed in the International EPD® System are not yet fully consistent with the template for PCRs provided by the Guidance. This will be an ongoing process for new PCRs, and an assistance provided by the Secretariat to PCR Moderators.

Sep

4, 2013

Serenity gets the EPD Process Certification

Serenity gets the EPD Process Certification

Italian company Serenity S.p.A is the sixth company that gets the EPD process certification. Serenity manufactures personal hygiene products and have so far published four EPDs.

EPDs published by Serenity

Read more about EPD process certification

Sep

2, 2013

Xylem get the EPD Process Certification

Xylem Water Solutions recently became the fifth company to have been certified to comply with the requirements on EPD® Process Certification in the International EPD® System. The process certification means that the EPD® development process itself is verified by an external verifier instead of every single EPD®. This is an efficient solution for companies issuing EPDs on a regular basis.
 
Xylem currently has eleven EPDs registered for its pumps in the Flygt brand

Aug

30, 2013

PCR Initiated: Spraybooth and surface treatment installations

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System:

The development of the PCR is led by the PCR Moderator Anxo Mourelle Álvarez  at CO2Consulting.

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation are invited to contact the relevant PCR Moderator.

Aug

22, 2013

PCR library trimmed and updated for consistency

The International EPD® System has a long history of developing Product Category Rules (PCR) documents in industry-driven initiatives. As PCRs have a fixed period of validity, however, they will expire and may be replaced by newer PCRs covering a wider product category.

With the new General Programme Instructions published in May 2013, it was time to trim the PCR library of some legacy PCRs that had expired and to update the valid PCRs to match the latest PCR template to ensure consistency.

After the trimming, the library at www.environdec.com now consists of:

116 published PCRs
27 PCRs under preparation
2 PCRs available for open consultation

The library also consists of

45 published PCR Basic Modules
5 PCR Basic Modules under development

The range of products covered by these PCRs is very wide, such as electricity, trains, pasta, cleaning trolleys, municipal waste management and construction products.

Questions regarding the PCR library may be directed to the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com. As normal, any stakeholder is welcome to participate in PCR development.

Aug

20, 2013

Miko get the EPD process certification

Textilies produced by Miko

Italian company Miko Srl has been certified to comply with the requirements on EPD process certification. The process certification means that the EPD development process is verified by an external verifier instead of every single EPD, an efficient solution for companies issuing EPDs on a regular basis. Miko srl produces different types of industrial textiles, for example for the automotive sector.

Read more about Miko's work with EPDs

Read more about EPD process certification

Mikos website

Aug

19, 2013

PCRs Initiated: Oilseed crushing service & Crude vegetable oil refining service

The development of a two new PCRs has been initiated in the International EPD® System:

The development of both PCRs are led by Nikolay Minkov at Technische Universität Berlin.

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation are invited to contact the relevant PCR Moderator.

The open consultations of the two PCRs are expected to start in late August or October 2013 (subject to change).

Aug

14, 2013

New climate declarations from Lantmännen

New climate declarations from Lantmännen

Swedish food company Lantmännen have issued 4 new climate declarations for potato pancakes, beef burger, batter pudding and pancake with diced pork.

More information about Lantmännens work with improving their products carbon footprint can be found on http://www.cerealiafoodservice.se/Nyheter/Klimatsmart-mat/ (Swedish only).

All climate declarations from Lantmännen can be found here.

Jul

25, 2013

Two PCRs Initiated: Cleaning cloths & Buildings

The development of a two new PCRs has been initiated in the International EPD® System:

  • Buildings, UN CPC 531. PCR Moderator: Ulf Wiklund, Tyréns
  • Cleaning cloths, a sub-set of UN CPC 2719. PCR Moderator: Michela Gallo  CESiSP, University of Genoa

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation are invited to contact the relevant PCR Moderator.

The open consultations of the two PCRs are expected to start in late August or September 2013 (subject to change).

Jul

22, 2013

PCR Updated: Meat of mammals

PCR Meat of mammals 2013

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Meat of mammals" (PCR 2012:11) has been updated to version 2.0. This PCR covers the UN CPC code 2111 and 2113. The key changes are:

  •  Compliance with General Programme Instructions 2.0
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Editorial changes
  • Transportation from farm to slaughter house was moved from upstream system to core processes
  • Scenario for cooking of meat added

The PCR was developed by Life Cycle Engineering in co-operation with Siena University,
COOP Italia and Assocarni.

The updated PCR may now be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System for this product category.

 

Jul

22, 2013

PCR Updated: Uncooked pasta

PCR Uncooked pasta

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Uncooked pasta, not stuffed or otherwise prepared" (PCR 2010:01) has been updated to version 2.0. This PCR covers the UN CPC code 2371.

The PCR was developed by Life Cycle Engineering in co-operation with Barilla.

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

 

Jul

19, 2013

EPD posters and presentations at LCM 2013

The International EPD® System will be present at the 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management – LCM 2013. The event will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 25-28, 2013 and is expected to gather leading experts in the field of life cycle assessment and life cycle management.

Joakim Thornéus at the Secretariat and two members of the Technical Committee will have posters or presentations related to EPDs:

  • Presentation: Barilla EPD Process System to increase reliability, comparability and communicability of LCA studies. Assunta Filareto, Luca Ruini, Massimo Marino, Rossella Ferri.
  • Presentation: Environmental product declarations - from B2B to B2C, Joakim Thornéus
  • Poster: Environmental Product Declaration of Copper Cathode and Concentrates. Claudia Peña, Claudio Zaror, Joakim Thornéus, Carolina Scarinci, Mabel Vega
  • Poster: Towards the sustainability product declaration. Massimo Marino, Joakim Thornéus

More information about the conference