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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

Jul

17, 2013

PCR Published: Home and SOHO Gateway

PCR Published: Home and SOHO Gateway

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Home and SOHO Gateway (UN CPC 47223).

The PCR was developed by Telecom Italia SpA with contributions from Home Network & Wireline Devices (Italy), Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology (Italy), ZyXEL Communications Corporation (Taiwan). 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.

Jul

16, 2013

Four missing PCR Basic Modules initiated

The development of four new PCR Basic Modules have been initiated by the Secretariat of the International EPD® System:

These four PCR Basic Modules were chosen as there is a demand of PCRs for underlying CPC codes of these product divisions.

Any stakeholder that wishes to be notified of the start of the open consultation, are kindly requested to contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.

 

About PCR Basic Modules

In order to harmonise the LCA methodology of related PCR, and to simplify the development of PCRs, the International EPD® System introduced the concept of "PCR Basic Modules". PCR Basic Modules are used as guidance documents/templates when developing PCRs, but do not constitute PCR documents in themselves.

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC system. Over the years, the International EPD® System has developed PCR Basic Modules for more than 40 two-digit CPC codes.

Today, there are PCR Basic Modules covering everything from "Products of agriculture, horticulture and market gardening" (UN CPC 01) to "Telecommunications services" (UN CPC 84). These have in turn been used as the basis when developing PCRs for product categories such as "Kiwi fruits" (UN CPC 01342) and "Online text based information, On-line books and ebooks" (UN CPC 8431).

Jul

10, 2013

Increased coordination effort of food PCRs

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 pcr@environdec.com.

 

Jul

9, 2013

PCR Published: Textile yarn and thread

PCR Textile yarn and thread

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering UN CPC 263 and 264 - Textile yarn and thread.

The PCR was developed by Aquafil, Life Cycle Engineering, Universal Fibers & EarthShift, and has 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.