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Jan

16, 2012

PCR for construction published

PCR for construction published

A PCR for Construction products and Construction services has been published. The new PCR for Construction products and Construction services was the first PCR to be published in 2012 after approval by the Technical Committee. This document will work both as a PCR in itself, but also as a PCR Basic Module for more specific PCRs.
 
The PCR is partly based on the draft European standard prEN 15804, with some exceptions in order to harmonize with the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD System. A revision of the document is already planned for 2012 when the final version of EN 15804 and the next version of the General Programme Instructions have been published. In the meantime, this PCR may be used to create EPDs for construction products and services within the International EPD System.
 

Jan

3, 2012

300th EPD now registered

About 300 EPDs have now been registered through the International EPD System. BYK-Chemie, a German company based in Wessel, received registration number S-P-00300. The EPD covers a defoamer used in the additives and instruments sector based on eco-friendly and sustainable raw materials.

 

Jan

2, 2012

Many new EPDs for bottled water

Coop Italia bottled water

Four companies have so far used the PCR for "Bottled water, not sweetened or flavoured".
The companies are all based in Italy – Cerelia, San Benedetto, COOP Italia as well as Ferrarelle.  

Oct

25, 2011

Growing number of PCRs

The demand for PCRs is growing, which is proved by the many new product categories on this website. PCRs are developed through a process where a PCR moderator is appointed. At this stage already available PCRs are considered. The next step is to seek cooperation with other interested parties in order to constitute a consultation group. When the PCR has been developed and agreed it is published online.

Our latest PCRs cover:

  • Fruit juices;
  • Pasta, cooked, stuffed or otherwise prepared; couscous;
  • Nonwovens for clothing, protective clothing and upholstery;
  • Vaccines for human or veterinary medicine; 
  • Detergents and washing preparations; 
  • Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles of cement, concrete or artificial stone;  
  • Finished bovine leather; 
  • Absorbent hygiene products;
  • Water distribution through mains (except steam and hot water).

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Sep

28, 2011

EPD transport on the go

Transport is a growing area in the International EPD System with the PCR for rail vehicles now being used for the third time.

Spanish company CAF, which is running the Zaragoza tram, can now boast with the first EPD to be registered for a tram. However, the PCR for rail vehicles has been used twice before, in an EPD by transport companies Bombardier and for AnsaldoBreda's EPD on its Roman Metro.

CAF’s tram has been redesigned to improve maintenance ease and lightness, which reduces consumption of both resources and energy during its operating life.

Sep

1, 2011

General Programme Instructions to be reviewed

An open consultation on the programme instructions of the International EPD® System will take place later on this autumn. The Technical Committee is currently working on a draft proposal of the new instructions, which will be edited by the Secretariat. The previous rules (GPI 1.0) were published in 2008 and the new version (1.1) is expected to be a minor update. 
 

Our instructions need to be revised to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in LCA, the fast development in the field of PCR and for clarification purposes in general, says Kristian Jelse, Deputy Head of the International EPD System.

  
 
One area in need of updating is the characterization factors for global warming potential, GWP. The aim is also to strengthen the relationship between EPD and climate declarations.
 
The Technical Committee is responsible for reviewing new PCRs before publication, and to consider applications to become individual verifier. While awaiting the new GPI, the Technical Committee has decided to impose the following guidelines already today: 

  • The latest characterization factors for GWP 100 years from the IPCC should be used instead of Annex B in GPI 1.0.
  • Allocation based on physical relationships should be promoted in PCRs, and economic allocation should be avoided if possible.
  • Applicants who wish to become individual verifiers in the International EPD System will have to fulfill certain qualification criteria, such as minimum experience in the field of LCA as well as audit qualification attestation based on the ISO 19011 criteria.
  • The PCR Basic Modules will go through a review process by the Technical Committee to ensure compatibility with the new GPI. In the meantime the PCR moderator should view the Basic Modules as templates, not as strict rules for underlying PCRs. 

For further information about the GPI update, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.

Aug

24, 2011

EPD for recycled polyester

Italian company Freudenberg Politex chose to develop an EPD for its bituminous membranes made of recycled staple polyester. The products are manufactured using recycled raw materials. The production of one kilo of Texbond® R, a polyester fiber nonwovens, takes 1.2 kilo of post consume PET bottles. 84 per cent of the materials in this product are recycled, while the rest is glass, resins and additives.

The EPD shows that the main impact per manufactured kilogramme comes from the upstream processes, which e.g. includes processing the PET bottles. 

Jun

30, 2011

Roman metro dominated by use phase

Metro Roma C is an urban metro designed for passengers transport – and can now also boast with an EPD® certification.

The EPD® shows that the downstream use phase takes some 92 per cent of the total energy consumption of the train. In the hypothesis assumed in the simulation, Metro Roma C electricity consumption is 17.83 kWh per kilometre. In order to evaluate environmental impact in the downstream use phase Italian electric mix was adopted. The number of passengers used in the calculation corresponded to 1,204 and the load factor was 6.2.

The use phase has been modeled using simulating computation taking issues such as maximum speed, average speed, average slope of the run, maximum acceleration, loads, length of route as well as average number of runs per day and year into account.

Jun

15, 2011

PCR hot topic in The Economist

Consumers have not yet discovered environmental declarations and product category rules (PCR), yet companies are driving the development behind the scenes. This claim can be read in the most recent issue of The Economist and an article on carbon footprints.

Product category rules are needed to be able to compare the environmental and climate impact on similar products. These have to be harmonized across countries especially since the number of systems is on the increase. The solution, according to the article, is the international standard, ISO 14 067, which currently is being developed and launched next year.

Consultancy firm Ernst & Young is commissioned by the European Commission to compare the different systems for climate labeling that now exist in Europe. So far it has been discovered that not all systems are third party certified, nor factoring in the impact of the user phase. The article describes why the user phase, which can have a profound impact, need to be counted.

Sweden is briefly mentioned in the article, thanks to the launch of a climate marking scheme which will help consumers in choosing climate friendly products.

Jun

4, 2011

Extra virgin olive oil declared

Olive oil

Nearly 70 Greek olive oil farmers have joined forces and registered an EPD on their produce of this year and 2010. Their extra virgin olive oil has been bottled in more than 21 000 numbered glass bottles of 0.75 litre. The right to use the EPD is shared between three farmers farmers’ unions, who have also created their own, joint logotype which includes the official EPD logo.

All three groups have worked on an environmental management system for at least five years.

"The farmers commit to avoid certain environmental risks, such as polluting, and to continue to make improvements that benefit the products and the environment", says George Michalopoulos, a LCA operator and an internal auditor for the three groups of farmers and their traceability system.

May

27, 2011

New PCR on beverage cartons

New PCR on beverage cartons

Today, a new PCR on beverage cartons is published. The PCR has been developed by ACE, The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment.

May

27, 2011

New PCR on Professional Cleaning Services

New PCR on Professional Cleaning Services

A new PCR on professional cleaning services of building have been published.

May

26, 2011

New PCR on kiwi fruits

New PCR on kiwi fruits

A new PCR on kiwi fruits is published. The PCR has been developed by Landcare Research on New Zealand in cooperation with New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and the kiwifruit industry body Zespri.

May

10, 2011

PCRs on open consultation

At the moment four draft PCRs are on open consultation. Any interested party are invited to leave comments. If you have questions, please contact the PCR moderators or use the PCR Forum.

Apr

29, 2011

Korsnäs launches EPDs on packaging material

Packaging material

While many companies focus merely on the impacts of its products, Korsnäs has chosen to show a wider picture of its environmental work and company impact in its EPDs. The 8 EPDs cover different types of carton board and paper.