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Nov

23, 2012

Updated EPD for air duct panels

Air ducts

P3, an Italian based manufacturer och air duct system has updated their EPD for sandwich panels for air ducts.

Nov

21, 2012

PCRs on open consultation

At the moment there are a number of PCRs on open consultations. We welcome all interested parties to submit comments on the PCRs. Please post the comments on the PCR forum or send them directly to the PCR moderator. To download the PCRs it is required to be logged in. New users can easily get a username by filling in the form found here.

 

PCR Name Deadline
Plastics in primary forms 2012-11-23
Woven fabrics of man-made filaments and staple fibres 2012-11-23
Road infrastructure 2012-12-31
Railway infrastructure 2012-12-31
Wastewater collecting and treatment services 2012-12-31
Corrugated paper and paperboard 2012-12-31
Basic module: Transport infrastructure 2012-12-31
Plastic waste and scrap recovery (recycling) services 2013-01-11

 

Nov

20, 2012

The latest EPD updates

È Così has issued a new version of the EPD for detergents and cleaning products.

San Benedetto has updated the EPD for mineral water.

Nov

14, 2012

New PCR on Sanitary wares

PCR for Sanitary Wares

A new PCR for sanitary wares is published, the PCR is intended for companies in the process of development EPDs for products like vitreous enamel steel bathtubs, shower trays and wash basins.

Nov

8, 2012

New climate declarations from Lantmännen

New climate declarations from Lantmännen

Lantmännen, one of the largets groups in the food, energy and agriculture industries in the Nordic region has issued 4 new climate declarations for products used in professional catering.

Oct

23, 2012

Pushing for sustainability declarations

Sustainability declarations form a part of the new rules, GPI, which are to be launched next year. Massimo Marino, Chair of the Technical Committee, is currently testing sustainability indicators on dairy, meat and pasta with some Italian companies. The indicators cover economic and social issues from a life cycle perspective that haven’t previously been included in any EPDs.

Oct

16, 2012

We’re now ISO 14025 verified

The Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo), the programme operator behind the International EPD® System, has been certified according to EMAS/ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. SEMCo’s activities as the program operator for the International EPD® System has in addition been verified to work in a systematic way to fulfill the requirements in ISO 14025.  The certification body that has issued the verification and certification process is Intertek.

“We’re pleased to have received this verification document as a proof of our systematic work in sustainability and quality issues. It's important to us and our customers that we are verified as it will further raise the credibility in EPD®s registered in the International EPD® System”, says Joakim Thornéus at the International EPD® System.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat

Oct

16, 2012

Coffee giants in green PCR

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform Coffee Working Group and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative have partnered up for the development of a common Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Green” Coffee. The scope of this project is to develop a PCR for green coffee addressing farm level production only, stopping at the farm gate.

Contributors to the PCR include the major actors in the coffee industry: Illy, Nestlé, Kraft Foods, Sara Lee and Tchibo.

Oct

15, 2012

LCA as a design phase tool

LCA as a design phase tool

A natural evolution of Arper's environmental policy was to integrate LCA as a tool in the design phase of its products. A number of EPDs for its chairs and tables is now in place.

Oct

11, 2012

Certified car fibres

Certified car fibres

Italian textile company Miko is setting the base for ecodesign in it field. Its goal is to certify all of its products and production process according to EPD.

Oct

10, 2012

Swiss leaders in LCA

Swiss leaders in LCA

Sulzer assesses the life cycles of its major product categories. The company strives to improve its own processes and simultaneously offers energy-efficient solutions.

Oct

10, 2012

The man managing our rules

The man managing our rules

Massimo Marino chairs the group who decides on the rules behind the International EPD System. Meet him in a short interview.

Oct

8, 2012

Swerea presents efficient climate efforts

Swerea IVF has updated its Climate Declaration from 2009 and managed to almost reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half. Mats Lundin, its president, now challenges other research institutes to a climate battle.

Swerea IVF has decreased its emissions by almost 4 kg CO2eq per research hour to just over 2 kg. At large the decrease has taken place in the transition to hydro-based electricity, but also on changing travelling patterns from car or plane to train.

Now we must not rest on our laurels but continue to reduce our carbon emissions, says Mats Lundin.

The declaration, made under the International EPD® System, is based on industry-wide rules for how to measure and calculate greenhouse emissions research services - PCR 811 Research and experimental development services in natural sciences.

Swerea IVF's most significant contribution to climate change is urgently linked to the outcome of the research carried out – not the research itself.

"It may seem like a paradox that we climate declares the less important part, the research design, but first we want to sweep up our own house, and it’s impossible to quantify the research findings impact on the environment in a way that makes it comparable to other institutions," said Mats Lundin.

Swerea IVF assesses sustainability in all of its projects and aims to achieve the best possible climate benefits of its research findings. Swerea IVF carries out research in materials, processes, products and production technology.

Oct

8, 2012

Updated EPDs from Axpo and Freudenberg Politex

Axpo Holding Ag has updated their EPD for production of electricity and biogas at the Kompogas Facility in Otelfingen. The EPD, first issued in 2009, is now re-certified and will be valid until 2015.

Freudenberg Politex has issued a new version of their EPD for Ecozero®. Ecozero® is a panel for thermal and acoustic insulation of walls and rooftops.