During the last years there have been many PCRs developed in the International EPD® System, and the food sector has been one of the most important. Today, the library of documents is large and there has been much knowledge gained though their use.
From this experience, it has been learned that the PCRs in a specific sector, such the food sector, should be developed with a degree of coordination in order to avoid the situation in which the same methodological issue is handled in different ways. Wheat cultivation, for example, is in the upstream supply chain of many products such pasta, beer, milk and meat. In the current approach, it is possible for this important life cycle stage to be treated slightly different in each PCR, e.g. in terms of allocation or for the calculation of environmental impact from the use of fertilizers.
To meet this demand for increased coordination, the International EPD® System has recently increased its PCR capacity at the Secretariat, and will now test an innovative “net of PCRs” approach. This will be a pilot project for the food sector, which may be expanded to other sectors in the future. The idea of this net has been presented during the EPD Stakeholder Conference in Bologna.
In this pilot, the PCR documents for food will be linked and coordinated with a common perspective. In addition to your role as PCR Moderator, we will also test the role of a “PCR coordinator”. The PCR Coordinator will have the aim to keep in touch with all the PCR Moderators of related PCRs and help the development of the net. The coordinator will work closely with the Technical Committee and the Secretariat in order to facilitate the PCR preparation from the scope definition to the final approval. During the pilot phase, Fillippo Sessa at Life Cycle Engineering in Italy will act in this role for food PCRs.
For comments or questions on this pilot initiative, please contact the Secretariat at email@example.com.