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May

16, 2012

EPD trends at international conference

How to communicate EPDs, broader sustainability issues as part of environmental declarations, and PCRs for the construction sector were on the agenda at the first stakeholder conference of the International EPD System on 15 May. The conference took place in Stockholm, attracting some 70 delegates from all over Europe, with some delegates from North America and South America. The conference was fully booked weeks beforehand, which prompts the Secretariat to organize a larger conference in 2013.

May

15, 2012

GEDnet might launch global PCR registry

Currently members of the international umbrella organization GEDnet send in their PCR, and these are published on the GEDnet website, Gednet.org. In the future all PCRs in the world might become available on the website. “Should everyone put in their PCRs or just members? This is not completely decided yet”, said Karin Bagge, Secretary of GEDnet, at the EPD stakeholder conference in Stockholm on 15 May. Currently there are some PCRs overlapping, and one challenge is that there are different rules.

May

15, 2012

EPD for Chilean copper

Chile’s mining industry contributes to 16 per cent of GDP. In 2010 more than 5 million tons of copper was exported. Following global demands on sustainability Chile has become concerned about looking at environmental aspects of its mining. Environmental product declarations are one way forward. “There are clear and publicly available program instructions. We’ve looked at indicators such as carbon footprint, water footprint, land use as well as social and economic impact”, said Claudia Peña, Director of Industrial Sustainability at the Research Centre for Mining and Metallurgy in Chile (CIMM). Claudia Peña was one of the speakers at the EPD stakeholder conference on 15 May in Stockholm.

May

15, 2012

Encouraging subcontractors to use LCA

Spanish steel company Vicinay Cadenas has so far produced six EPDs covering most products in its catalogue. Vicinay Cadenas values EPD for providing information that can be used internally – its customers are yet to get involved with its life cycle analyses. Through looking at LCA Vicinay Cadenas has been able to reduce its environmental footprint by 54 per cent so far. “The user must know the true impact of their purchases and will positively value the reliable information that an EPD is. We don’t limit ourselves to the EPDs we produce but try to encourage our subcontractors to improve their processes too”, said Carlos Lopez, presenting Vicinay Cadenas’ work on EPDs at the stakeholder conference on 15 May. Vicinay Cadenas applies sustainability to social, environmental and economic aspects of their products. The whole company is involved with sustainability issues. “We know what we do and how we do it, that’s the main benefit from looking at LCA” said Carlos Lopez at the EPD stakeholder conference on 15 May in Stockholm.

May

15, 2012

Animal health behind Pfizer’s EPD

American health company Pfizer integrated EPD to its environmental management practices through analyzing the LCA of its vaccine Improvac. The product is an alternative to using physical castration and thereby improves animal welfare and reduces the carbon footprint of pigs with about four per cent. Pfizer wanted to analyze the environmental burden from an average farm that uses or doesn’t use this immunological product through LCA. This is the first time that Pfizer has produced an EPD. "We see our work as a sustainability product declaration rather than just an environmental product declaration", said Joseph A. Robinson, while presenting Pfizer’s environmental work and EPD at the stakeholder conference in Stockholm on 15 May.

May

15, 2012

Barilla reduces footprint through EPDs

Italian food company Barilla is currently marketing “smart green diets” and connects this with its work on reducing its carbon and water footprint. The company is heavily involved with producing EPDs – and communicating its independently verified environmental impact. “The difference is huge when comparing the water footprint of different food groups. Eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat is the message from an environmental point of view”, said Luica Ruini while presenting Barilla’s work on EPDs at the stakeholder conference on 15 May. Barilla was the first private company to work on EPD process certification.

May

9, 2012

Consumers want product information

A majority of Sweden's consumers want companies to provide more information about a product's environmental impact. They also want companies to talk about their environmental efforts, even if they’re not perfect in terms of environmental achievements, as long as the communication is honest and not exaggerated.

This according to a recent study conducted among more than one thousand people aged 18-74 years in Sweden.

- Companies still have some work to do in terms of credibility. About half of consumers say that they don’t trust the companies' environmental claims, says Lars Jonsson, advisor on sustainability communications at Yttra, the company that ordered the study.

May

3, 2012

New EPD on plastic material

New EPD on plastic material

Sovere S.p.A. has issued an EPD for Ecorub, a plastic material made out of renewable raw materials.

Apr

30, 2012

Two new EPDs published by Barilla

Barilla has published two more EPDs for their products, Cornetti and Camille. Cornetti and Camille are typical Italian snacks sold under the Brand Mulino Bianco.

Apr

20, 2012

Using EPD in public procurement

A registered environmental declaration, e.g. by the International EPD® System, proves that certain environmental standards are fulfilled. In public procurement it’s possible to ask for goods and services to have this information. However, any procurement criteria need to be in line with the information that can be provided by a certified environmental declaration.

Don’t ask for a certain type of environmental declaration for a product or service, such as an EPD®. EU procurement legislation demands that criteria for any type of product or service must be verifiable by any type of environmental declaration. In other words ask for a certain feature or content rather than a labelling or brand.

Apr

18, 2012

Open consultation - PCR for Paper Chemicals

Today, the open consulaltation for a new PCR on Paper Chemicals has started. The consultation will last until May 30 2012. Please leave your comments on the PCR forum or directly to the PCR Moderator.

Apr

17, 2012

New PCR on Bakery products issued

PCR on Bakery products

A new PCR on bakery products is published. The PCR covers the CPC class 234 "Bakery products" and incorporates two previously published PCRs on pastry goods and bread. The PCR has been developed by Life Cycle Engineering in cooperation with Barilla G&R Fratelli S.p.A. and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Apr

16, 2012

University to join the International EPD System

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is currently developing a certified EPD for its course Energy and Environment. This is the first time a university joins The International EPD System. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute assists KTH in preparing the EPD.

For more information, please contact Elin Eriksson at IVL or Johan Sundqvist at KTH.  
 

Apr

13, 2012

Recently revised EPDs

The following EPDs have recently been revised.

Apr

11, 2012

EPD Conference on May 15 fully booked

The conference is now fully booked. To add your contact details to our reserve list, please contact Joakim Thornéus at joakim@environdec.com and we will contact you at least 14 days before the conference if there are some places left.