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Feb

5, 2016

ECO Platform publishes position paper on PEF

ECO Platform position paper

ECO Platform has recently published a position paper on "the introduction of an EU-initiated PEF-methodology into the construction sector," encouraging cooperation with international standard bodies and partners associated in their work to be accepted on a global scale.

ECO Platform is an International Non-Profit Association established by European EPD Program Operators registering ECO Platform EPDs, European Trade Associations in the construction sector and LCA practitioners.

The position paper may be downloaded from the ECO Platform website.

Feb

2, 2016

Vattenfall publish results from social LCA

Vattenfall publish results from social LCA

Swedish power company Vattenfall have updated their EPD for electricity from their Nordic Windfarms. As the first company in the International EPD System, Vattenfall has also included a report of a social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) as an appendix to the EPD. The S-LCA is based on the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products (UNEP/SETAC, 2009), and the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment (Roundtable for Product Social Metrics 2014). The indicators used are based on the GRI indicators for sustainability reporting. The report has been third-part verified by Elisabeth Ekener, researcher in Social sustainability at KTH – Royal institute of Technology. Vattenfall has previously also published results from social LCA with their EPD for Nordic hydropower.

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Feb

1, 2016

Opinion piece published: “There are already vehicles with environmental declarations”

A discussion has been ongoing regarding the environmental impact of electric cars in the Swedish technology-focused magazine and website Ny Teknik. Several of the commenters have asked for credible LCA-based information for the vehicles in order to understand the emissions occuring during the use phase versus the production and end-of-life of the vehicles. Joakim Thornéus and Kristian Jelse at the Secretariat and two mobility experts at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institutes have posted a reply to this discussion with the title “There are already vehicles with environmental declarations.”

The reply explains that the framework for declaring LCA information already exists in the international standards and that other vehicle types, such as trains and trams, have shown that it is possible to perform and communicate LCA results also for complex technical products.

The reply ends with the question: “What car manufacturer will be the first to provide certified environmental declarations on a large scale?”

 

Jan

28, 2016

Saint-Gobain becomes group with most EPDs registered in the International EPD® System

Saint-Gobain becomes group with most EPDs registered in the International EPD® System

With the EPD registrations made in January, Saint-Gobain has now become the company group with the most Environmental Product Declarations published in the International EPD® System. The companies in the group manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials.

The EPDs registered in the International EPD® System are primarily for Gypsum and Insulation products, but also for mortars and innovative materials. Brands include British Gypsum, Gyproc, Rigips, Isover, Weber, SolarGard and Ecophon. All EPDs published in the recent years are made in compliance with the European standard EN 15804 to provide the Core Product Category Rules.

“We are extremely proud to be the Group with most EPDs registered in the International EPD® System. At Saint-Gobain, we carried out our first LCAs in the early 1990s and since then, we have chosen LCA as the main tool for measuring the environmental footprint of our products.

We provide the results to our customers through verified EPDs so they can use this credible information for their own projects,” says Camillle Fabre, Sustainable Habitat Manager at Saint-Gobain.

The declarations are publically available to any interested stakeholder via the EPD database at www.environdec.com.

 

Jan

18, 2016

Scientific paper shows main reasons for companies adopting the International EPD® System

Scientific paper shows main reasons for companies adopting the International EPD® System

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.

Jan

15, 2016

Two updated PCRs: Books & Fertilizers

PCRs Books and Fertilizers

Two Product Category Rules (PCR) have recently been updated:

The PCRs were updated according to the PCR process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, based on ISO 14025. The development of the PCRs was led by the PCR Moderators Monica de la Cruz (Oficina Life+ Ecoedición), and Germana Olivieri (LCA–lab srl)/Federico Tonelli (SCAM S.p.A), respectively. Stakeholders were invited to provide comments on draft versions during an open consultation.

The PCRs are now once again available for any company in the industry to develop and register an EPD of their products. They are available to download from the PCR database in the International EPD® System (www.environdec.com/PCR).

Jan

5, 2016

Record number of EPD registrations in 2015

EPD registrations

A record number of 139 EPDs were registered in the International EPD® System in 2015, breaking the previous record with more than 20 additional EPD registrations in a single year.

About half of the EPD registrations were for Construction products, followed by the product categories Food and agriculture products; Wood and paper products; Electricity; Transport vehicles and equipment. The main countries for EPD registrations were Italy, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Argentina and Australia.

Nine new Product Category Rules (PCR) were published during the year, introducing the possibility to do EPDs for product categories such as lifts, yachts, cosmetics and passenger commercial aeroplanes. Another 29 PCRs were updated to ensure that the guidance they provide is up-to-date with the latest developments.

Jan

4, 2016

Updated PCR Basic Modules

The PCR Basic Modules have now been updated, and published at www.environdec.com. PCR Basic Modules are the document intended to be used as templates for PCR development, as one of the ways to raise quality and alignment of PCRs in the International EPD® System.

This has been a significant update to ensure:

  • Compliance with the General Programme Instructions version 2.5, published in 2015
  • Use of the PCR template by the Guidance for PCR development initiative
  • Application of best practice PCR development
  • Incorporation of policy decisions taken by the programme during previous PCR reviews

These PCR Basic Modules are available to any stakeholder with a (free) user name at www.environdec.com, and are intended to be used for PCR development within the framework of the International EPD® System.

Any comments or questions regarding the PCR Basic Modules may be sent to the Secretariat.

 

Dec

18, 2015

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

The Secretariat wishes you all a successful 2016 and happy holidays!

Dec

17, 2015

Registrations from the Czech Republic to be handled by the EPD International Secretariat

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From January 1st 2016, EPD registrations and helpdesk requests from companies in the Czech Republic will be handled by the EPD International Secretariat instead of via CENDEC as the local EPD registration office. The reason for this change is that CENDEC has requested to focus on a role as LCA practitioners and independent verifiers.

There are currently nine EPDs registered from the Czech Republic for construction products and chemical products.

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Přihlášky z České republiky, aby byly zpracovány mezinárodního sekretariátu EPD

Od 1. ledna EPD registrací a žádosti helpdesk od společností v České republice budou zpracovány Mezinárodní sekretariát EPD namísto přes CENDEC jako místní ohlašovny EPD. Důvodem této změny je, že CENDEC požádal soustředit na roli LCA praktiky a nezávislých ověřovatelů.

V současné době existuje devět registrovaných EPD z České republiky, pro stavební výrobky a chemických výrobků. 

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Dec

14, 2015

PCR for Tanning chemicals published

PCR

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the life-cycle environmental impact of Tanning chemicals have now been published in the International EPD® System. This document is the first known PCR according to ISO 14025 for the product group, and enables any company in the industry to develop and register an EPD to be used for a wide range of applications, such as as one part of the environmental management system or in business-to-business communication.

The PCR was developed according to the PCR process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, based on ISO 14025. The development of the PCR was led by Federico Brugnoli at Spin 360 Srl as the PCR Moderator. During the development of the document, it has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the Technical Committee as the appointed review panel.

 

Dec

9, 2015

Reminder: Winter holiday schedule of the EPD International Secretariat

Photo: Bert Kaufmann / Flickr. License: CC BY-SA 2.0

At the end of December, the EPD International Secretariat will have a limited availability compared to normal due to public holidays. The period affected is December 23rd until January 8th.

In order for an EPD to be guaranteed to be published before the end of the year, it should be submited to registration@environdec.com no later than December 18th.

The Secretariat wishes all EPD stakeholder on the Northern hemisphere a very pleasant winter holiday, and a very nice summer for those on the Southern hemisphere!

Dec

4, 2015

Folkhem registers first EPD for a whole building

EPD Folkhem

Folkhem has become the first company to register the first EPD® of a whole building in the International EPD® System. The EPD declares the impact per square meter temperature controlled spaces of a concept building, located in Stockholm and consisting of 10 floors. The bottom level and half of the 2nd floor are below ground level are of concrete, while the other floors above ground level consists mainly of solid wood.

"Calculating and communicating the life cycle environmental impact of a whole building is an interesting new product group for EPDs, says Joakim Thornéus, programme manager of the International EPD® System. We are happy to see that Folkhem chose to be a forerunner and provide this type of information for their different stakeholders."

The EPD® has undergone verification by an approved verifier, and checked against the Product Category Rules (PCR) for buildings. This PCR was published in 2014, and aims for compliance with the European standards EN 15804 and EN 15978.

 

Dec

1, 2015

Looking for tenders for independent verification of an EPD?

EPD verification in the International EPD® System is be done by an accredited certification body or by an approved individual verifier that is listed on this page. The verifiers work independently from the programme operator to seek verification tasks, and are free to work in the geographical areas and product groups where they have sufficient knowledge to carry out the task in a correct way.

As it is not always easy for a company to find a verifier, the Secretariat will launch a trial new service on www.enviondec.com: an EPD Verification marketplace, where companies can post information and let verifiers contact them (instead of the company contacting multiple potential verifiers).

If your company has started developing an EPD in the International EPD® System and would like to receive tenders from relevant, approved verifiers, please contact the Secretariat with the following information:

  • Product category or PCR
  • Geographical scope of EPD
  • Estimated dates for start and end of verification
  • Contact person e-mail address
  • Other relevant information for potential verifiers
  • Date after which the information shall be removed for the marketplace

This information will then be published on a dedicated page at www.environdec.com, which will be accessible only to the approved individual verifiers and accredited certification bodies.

This marketplace is a trial service, and the administration is offered without charge by the Secretariat. Participation is voluntary.

Nov

26, 2015

PCR for Yachts published

PCR

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the life-cycle environmental impact of Yachts have now been published in the International EPD® System. This document is the first known PCR according to ISO 14025 for the product group, and enables any company in the industry to develop and register an EPD to be used for a wide range of applications, such as eco-design and business-to-business communication.

The PCR was developed according to the PCR process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, based on ISO 14025. The development of the PCR was led by Pier Giorgio Finatti at VSY as the PCR Moderator. During the development of the document, it has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the Technical Committee as the appointed review panel.