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Feb

21, 2011

EPDs for mining and metal products, products: the case of copper

Chile is the major copper producer in the World, therefore reliable information to support the environmental burden of copper mining products will be relevant for the sustainability of copper industry as well as for other productive sectors along the copper value chain downstream.

Feb

16, 2011

Three PCRs on open consultation

At the moment three PCRs are on open consultation; Cleaning services, Corrosion protection and Tissue products. Use the links below to read the PCRs. To comment on the PCRs, please use the PCR Forum.

Feb

10, 2011

A new EPD on hydro power

The Swiss company Axpo AG issues another EPD, this time on hydro power from the small scale hydro power plant Au-Schönenberg. Axpo AG has earlier three EPDs covering nuclear, gas and hydro power.

Feb

3, 2011

New PCR on central heating boilers and water heaters

A new PCR is published to be used when creating EPDs for Central heating boilers and water heaters (UN CPC-codes 44825 and 44826).

Feb

3, 2011

Pfizer certifies EPD for Improvac

Pfizer have pre-certified an EPD for Improvac, an immunological product that can be used in pig management as an alternative to physical castration for the control of boar taint.

This is the first certified EPD in the world for a pharmaceutical product.

Feb

1, 2011

Carlsberg publish the first certified EPD for beer

Today, Carlsberg Italia publish the first certified EPD in the world for beer. The EPD covers both the Carlsberg and Tuborg beer on glass bottle as well as on kegs and drums.

Jan

17, 2011

New EPD from Sabox

The Italian company Sabox have issued one EPD for the products GreenBoxX and GreenTray, one box and tray by corrugated cardboard. Use the link below to read the EPD.

Jan

17, 2011

New EPDs from San Marco SpA

The Italian company San Marco SpA have issued three pre-certified EPDs for masonary paints and coverings. Use the links below to read the EPDs.

Dec

10, 2010

Barilla to present EPD process to customers

Barilla to present EPD process to customers

Barilla launched its first environmental declaration a decade ago. In 2011, the whole EPD process will be presented to customers. The company developed its own way of working towards declaring the environmental impact of its products, the Barilla EPD Process. Luca Ruini is proud to state that it’s the first EPD process that has been developed in a food company.

"During our last stakeholder engagement forum the comments on our decision to use the EPD were quite positive, even if the EPD is not yet well known in the south of Europe", says Luca Ruini.

Dec

2, 2010

New EPDs from Granarolo

Granarolo, the Italian milk producer, have published two EPDs for milk products.

Nov

23, 2010

New EPDs from Barilla

Barilla have published three more EPDs for bread sold under the brand Wasa.

Mar

19, 2010

EPDs for railway transports

EPDs for railway transports

The Botnia Line, a new Swedish railway running from Nyland (north of Kramfors) to Umeå in northern Sweden have issued eight EPDs covering railway infrastructure and railway transports.

Aug

26, 2009

A new PCR covering Rail Transports

The Swedish railway project "The Botna Line" have developed a PCR for the assessment of environmental performance of Rail Transport and Railway Infrastructure within the EPD®system framework. The PCR describe how to perform the underlying Life Cycle Assessment and other environmental assessments for the development of an EPD according to ISO 14025 and ISO 14040. The PCR is developed in cooperation with the Swedish Rail Administration and Linköping University.

The Bothnia Line is the biggest railway project of modern times in Sweden. It is a single-track railway being laid from along the coastline in Northern Sweden. The Bothnia Line will link together a highly productive region, where a series of significant industrial locations are all situated along the Swedish coastline. This new link will mean efficient transport of freight and the halving of travelling times for passengers. This new railway will be 190 km long, with 143 bridges and 25 km of tunnels.

Read the PCR here

Read more about the Bothnia line here

Jul

21, 2009

International cooperation on PCR development

The International EPD®system continues its work developing ready-made PCR-modules with the intent to finalise and publish such documents for a majority of relevant product categories by mid-Autumn 2009. Draft documents for a number of new PCR modules for open consultation are available at the website.

The current work with standardisation of carbon footprint of organisations and products within the framework of World Resources Institute (WRI) and ISO have resulted in a demand for developing harmonised PCRs. The International EPD®system has identified an increased interest from different countries and institutions to take part in its PCR development work, e.g from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affaires (Defra) in the UK and New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Food for PCRs to be applicable for products in the food sector.

The International EPD®system welcomes any party wanting to join the efforts to develop PCRs – please contact Joakim Thornéus at joakim@msr.se or Sven-Olof Ryding at sven-olof@msr.se

Jul

17, 2009

Open consultation on process certification clarification (PCC)

In the General Programme Instructions - chapter 4.7, Internal Verification (EPD process certification), is described an activity where organisations can develop and launch EPDs without a third party certifier being involved in each case. The PCC clarifies how companies shall apply a systemised manner and specifically the demands that need to be verified by a third party verifier. The draft for the PCC is written by Göran Brohammer, Extracon AB, Sweden. Questions on the document can be sent to info@extracon.se.

As the International EPD®system builds on stakeholder involvement we are happy to receive comments on the document. The document is on open consultation until September 1st 2009. Please send your comments on the document to info@environdec.com.