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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.

 

Jul

9, 2013

PCR Published: Sunglasses

PCR Published: Sunglasses

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering a subset of UN CPC 48312 - Sunglasses.

The PCR was developed by Luxottica Group with contributions from ERM Italia, 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 of Sunglasses in the International EPD® System.

 

Jul

8, 2013

Dissemination of EPD® System in the milling machine sector by CTME

Image countesy of AFM Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. Used with permission.

Ms. Eva Martínez (CTME), moderator of the Product Category Rules (PCR) for the assessment of the life-cycle environmental performance of "Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling metal" under the International EPD® System, has presented in the 19th Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technologies Congress, the communication “Environmental communication rules for milling machines: a big step towards harmonization”, from her experience of over 8 years working with machine-tool manufacturers, applying the LCA methodology, and from her experience in the development of the PCRs for this product category.

The 19th Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technologies Congress took place at San Sebastian (Spain) from 12 to 14 June 2013. This biannual Congress is a meeting point for industry (manufacturers and users), research centres and universities to advance manufacturing technologies. The 19th edition focused on the EU priorities for R&D programmes linked to Manufacturing, including the topic Sustainability, session where this communication was presented (www.congresomh.com).

The PCR document 44214: Machine-tools for drilling, boring or milling machine under the International EPD® System provides a common set of rules for machine-tool manufacturers who wish to inform their stakeholders about the environmental performance of their products, through environmental product declarations or EPDs. That is, the document defines the type of information to be given about a milling machine from a life-cycle perspective, as well as how this information shall be generated, in the context of global harmonization.

CTME, founded in 1992, began operating as an Association for Research and Technology Centre in Miranda de Ebro (Spain), was converted to the current Technology Centre Foundation in 2007. Today, its task is to give solutions, responsibly and sustainably, to the competitive needs through the R&D and innovation, pursuing to become a Centre of Excellence in environmental technologies, national benchmark in eco-design and leader in environment for technology services, acting in a stable framework of national and international collaboration with other institutions and agencies of R&D&I (www.ctme.es)

 

Jul

5, 2013

PCR published: Dispensing systems

PCR Dispensing systems

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering a subset of UN CPC 36490 - Dispensing systems.

The PCR was developed by APTAR Chieti 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.

Jul

4, 2013

PCR published: Plastic waste and scrap recovery (recycling) services

PCR Plastic waste and scrap recovery (recycling) services

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering a subset of UN CPC 8942 Plastic waste and scrap recovery (recycling) services.

The PCR was developed by RadiciGroup and QUOTA SETTE S.r.l. 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.

Jul

4, 2013

Recommended characterisation factors

In life cycle assessment, characterisation factors are used during the impact assessment phase to transform data on emissions to potential environmental impacts.

In the new General Programme Instructions - published in June 2013 - there is no longer a fixed list of characterisation factors to use as the basis for EPDs. The list is instead published here on the website so that it may be corrected or updated whenever needed.

The main changes in the recommendations compared to the previous version of the General Programme Instructions are:

  • The latest IPCC information is used for assessment of global warming potential of greenhouse gases (100 year perspective) shall be used,
  • Acidification shall be calculated without the use of an inherent fate-modelling since this is specific to where the emission takes place.

Characterisation factors used shall be specified in the EPD®. New PCRs shall refer to www.environdec.com for recommended characterisation factors.

Jul

2, 2013

ISO publishes 14067 as technical specification

The International Organization for Standardization has developed a technical specification for calculating carbon footprint emissions of products: ISO/TS 14067:2013.

The document contains all relevant elements of a standard, that is, principles, standards and guidance. The document is now launched after a process of five years. ISO chose to publish the document as a so-called "technical specification" document. This is a fairly common way to manage documents that are not mature enough to be published as a standard.

“The document was controversial right from the first draft”, says Lars Jonsson, advisor on sustainability communication to the International EPD® System and a member of the Swedish group who participated in the ISO process.

With its recently published update of the General Programme Instructions, the International EPD® System reaffirms its aim to to give organisations the possibility to publish information about the carbon footprint of their products according to the new technical specification.

Jul

1, 2013

PCR updated: Road transport services of freight of food products and meals

PCR 2005:15

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Road transport services of freight of food products and meals" (PCR 2005:15) has been updated to version 3.0. This PCR was formally known as "Logistic service applied to meal delivering in catering" and covers a subset of UN CPC 6511.

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) in co-operation with SOTRAL, LCA-lab, Quanta Stock and Go s.r.l..

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

Read more about this PCR

Jun

27, 2013

PCR initiated: Metal goods, not elsewhere classified

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System: Metal goods, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.). The PCR will cover UN CPC subclass 42999. (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcs.asp?Cl=25&Lg=1&Co=42999)

The open consultation is expected to start 2013-08-20 (subject to change).

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation may contact the PCR Moderator, Marcel Gómez.

Jun

26, 2013

PCR published: Corrugated paper and paperboard

PCR Corrugated paper and paperboard

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System, covering UN CPC 32151 Corrugated paper and paperboard.

The PCR was developed by TÜV Rheinland Energy and Environment GmbH (Testing, Inspection and Certification Company) in Cooperation with Prowell GmbH & Co. KG.

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

Read more and download this PCR

Jun

25, 2013

Sustainable platform for EU building sector officially launched

ECO Platform is a newly launched EU initiative to strengthen sustainability work of eleven member states in the field of construction. Founding President is Sven-Olof Ryding, also founder of the International EPD® System.

"ECO Platform may strengthen the European construction industry in becoming more competitive in a global market that demands sustainable production," says Sven-Olof Ryding, Founding President of the ECO Platform, and Managing Director at the Swedish Environmental Management Council, the programme operator of the International EPD® System.

According to a new EU directive for the construction industry (CPD - Construction Product Directive) and a new European standard - EN 15804 - the companies in the construction sector must provide comparable environmental information. Information on product sustainability performance is used e.g. in public procurement.

ECO Platform has the objective to ensure that information about a product's environmental and sustainability performance complies with the new EU standard to avoid possible trade disputes. The organisation was officially established at a meeting in Brussels recently as part of the EU-wide trade association CEMPC in Brussels (now called CPE - Construction Product Europe).

For more information about the ECO Platform, please contact Sven-Olof Ryding, Founding President, sven-olof@msr.se or Christian Donath, Managing Director, donath@consulting-donath.de

For more information about the international activities of the International EPD® System, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.