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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As normal, any stakeholder is welcome to participate in PCR development.