A scientific paper by Ibáñez-Forés et. al was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production. The researchers from the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain have focused on the International EPD® System to investigate the evolution of EPD and PCR, as well as performing a survey among EPD owners.
The study, which was performed without the invovlement of the International EPD® System, showed that the main advantages of EPDs in International EPD® System for companies are to:
- communicate objective information,
- improve the corporate image, and
- communicate large amounts of environmental information.
The main drawback for the application of EPDs was identified as the lack of knowledge about EPD by consumers.
"We are happy to learn that the advantages of the International EPD® System are highlighted by companies and in this scientific paper. Our increased focus on events and activities to improve the knowledge of EPDs also appear to be fully aligned with the conclusions of the researchers," says Joakim Thornéus at the EPD International Secretariat
The article is available for purchase online via ScienceDirect. The full reference to the paper is:
- Ibáñez-Forés V, Pacheco-Blanco B, Capuz-Rizo SF, Bovea MD, Environmental product declarations: Exploring their evolution and the factors affecting their demand in Europe, Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.12.078.
Note: The EPD statistics analysed in Chapter 4 of the paper appear to only cover EPDs currently published at www.environdec.com. EPDs that have been published and later de-registered would thus not be included in the statistics. This would especially be the case for EPDs published in the 1990's and early 2000's, why the recent growth in EPD registrations may be somewhat overestimated. The Secretariat has reached out to the authors to clarify this point, even though it is unlikely that it will affect their conclusions.