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May

15, 2015

Seminar on life cycle based requirements in public procurement

Kristian Jelse, International EPD System

Participants from municipalities, companies and authorities took part in a seminar on May 6 in Stockholm, Sweden. The seminar was jointly arranged by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the International EPD® System and focused on lifecycle-based environmental requirements in public procurement.

At the seminar, the EU's new directive on public procurement directive was discussed. The new directive has clarified the possibility of using environmental requirements with a lifecycle perspective. 

"It is very gratifying that the interest is so great for lifecycle-based environmental requirements in public procurement," says Sven-Olof Ryding, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The Swedish companies Riksbyggen and SCA presented how they work with the life cycle perspective in their environmental management. The Swedish Transport Administration and the Stockholm County Council talked about how they use lifecycle requirements in their procurement activities. Common to all was that they called for more challenging requirements that rewarded the products had the least environmental impact in a life cycle perspective.

May

12, 2015

General Programme Instructions v2.5 published

General Programme Instructions

A new version of the General Programme Instructions has now been published: Version 2.5 (date: 2015-05-11). The new version replaces version 2.01, but existing PCR and EPD documents remain valid. The new version of the programme instructions is expected to be adopted gradually into new PCRs when they are updated.

The new version contains many small improvements, including:

  • Introduction added
  • Updated organisational structure, e.g. name of programme operator, Steering Committee replaced with International Advisory Board and Member organisations changed to members of stakeholder network
  • Information about EPD certificate updated
  • Role of pre-certification as an option during development of new PCRs clarified
  • Added section on how to provide feedback on published EPDs and other documents
  • Document checked to strive for full compliance with EN 15804:2012+A1:2013, and added information on when the standard overrules other instructions in the programme instructions.
  • Clarification on compliance with ISO/TC 14067
  • Further alignment of PCR process with the Guidance for PCR development (2013), e.g. in PCR Committee and what stakeholders to consider to invite to the process
  • Recommendation to include a flow chart in EPD added
  • Allowed use of regional LCIA methods as a complement to the default methods
  • Section of Use of resources revisited
  • New indicator added: radioactive waste
  • General competence requirements for verifiers added
  • EPD validity
  • Requirements to include similar products in the same EPD expanded
  • Changed name of "Other generic data" to "proxy data"
  • Clarified that specifica data for electricity mix shall be used for upstream processes, if available
  • Updated requirements on EPD Process Certification based on experience from companies using this option

The new version was available for open consultation for eight weeks before its publication. The Secretariat would like to thank the following stakeholders for their input on the draft:

  • 3M Company
  • Australasian EPD Programme
  • BillerudKorsnäs
  • CENDEC
  • CTME
  • Ecoinnovazione
  • Tecnalia R&I Certificacion
  • Tetra Pak
  • thinkstep
  • TU Berlin

May

8, 2015

Mutual Recognition agreement between AENOR and the International EPD® System

EPD International and the Spanish Association of Standardization and Certification (AENOR) has signed an agreement of mutual recognition between EPDs developed in their respective EPD programmes. This agreement is the result of the work following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Madrid by these the organizations in 2013.

This agreement will entitle companies with a verified EPD in either programme to additionally use the logo from the other programme, incorporating the EPD to their registry and website, based on the equivalence of the verification procedures between these program operators. The agreement is intended to any manufacturer worldwide.

The goal of this agreement is to facilitate product exports and the international activities of the companies. In addition, it could enhance the competitiveness of organizations as it includes key information, verified by an independent third party, regarding the environmental performance of products. One of the advantages for companies is the cost and time reduction to obtain other European marks.

EPD contains standardized environmental information of products. EPD are environmental footprints developed according to the International Standard ISO 14025, which establishes the requirements to properly develop these Declarations, using indicators such as global warming (emission of greenhouse gases), depletion of the ozone layer, use of resources (water, fuel or electricity) and waste, among others.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat.

 

Apr

27, 2015

Conference on LCA, EPD and carbon footprint held in Madrid

Madrid

Last 8th of April a conference was held on Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Product Declarations and calculation of Carbon Footprint, organized by the Consejería de Economía y Hacienda through its Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas and the Fundación de la Energía de la Comunidad de Madrid. This conference is intended to continue the path initiated through the events held throughout 2014 on this subject, where the importance of communicating and reduce the impact of products, services and companies objectively and rigorously has been highlighted.

The conference was inaugurated by the General Director of Industry, Energy and Mines, Carlos López Jimeno, who encouraged representatives of private sector companies in the room to continue contributing ideas and proposals that make Madrid an international model in matters concerning measures to help improve energy saving and efficiency in the region, such as the tools presented during the day, which can enhance the competitiveness of enterprises by improving their performance and sustainability.

After this brief opening, interventions of the speakers started. Thus, Grao de Sarriá of Marcel Gómez Consultoria Ambiental conducted a review of the evolution of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in the Spanish and the international markets, by reviewing the definition and applications of Life Cycle Assessment and how it is has been introduced gradually as a tool for increasing product’s value in the market.

Meanwhile, Aitor Aragón of AENOR, gave his opinion on which are the motivations of companies to conduct an EPD, demonstrating the importance of verified EPDs specially by the robustness represented by the certifying entity and especially for ensure recognition of the declaration at the international level.

From Green Building Council of Spain assisted Manuel Macias, who spoke on EPDs and its value in environmental certification of buildings LEED and VERDE, followed by Miguel García as representative of CEPCO, who made a brief but intense intervention, making a legislative review and indicating that type III environmental declarations are the best tool for comprehensive environmental information products emphasizing that all environmental information has to be included in an EPD, and these must be easily recognizable among different management systems available.

After this first session of presentations, a discussion was about the difficulty of comparing construction products using for this only their EPDs generated. End user needs to compare similar products for their decision making, and EPDs are being used for this purpose. Speakers explained to the assistants to the conference that EPDs are valid to compare functional units of product under strict conditions, following the same standards and methodology. 

The session after the break focused on how different business sectors are facing the implementation of EPDs. Nicolás Bermejo from ISOVER SAINT-GOBAIN, made a new and entertaining review of the concepts of the main theme of the day. Arturo Alarcón of IECA and Eugenio García from Sostenibilidad Siderúrgica done so in the cement and steel sectors, respectively. Antonio Burgueño from FCC followed, with the evaluation of sustainability in civil engineering. Antonio pointed that EPDs is not a product evaluation tool because he argues is complex and subjective, but they are a way to normalize and standardize the information that is available in a common and transparent language.

The session ended with the intervention of Rocío Fernández from ACCIONA, presenting their experiences regarding the implementation of measures quantifying and communicating sustainability in civil engineering, in which she outlined that EPDs, together with LCA, are communication tools that can be used to learn and improve business processes.

The hall, which seats for 140 people, was almost full with representatives of companies from various sectors, demonstrating the growing interest in this subject. Highlighting the delivery to attendees of the Guide on Environmental Product Declaration and Carbon Footprint Calculation edited by the Comunidad de Madrid, which counts among its authors with several of the speakers of the session.

Text for this news bulletin was kindly provided by Marcel Gómez Consultoria Ambiental.

Apr

10, 2015

Call for new moderator for PCR of wine

PCR for wine

Update 2015-04-15: An update of this PCR has now been initiated. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the PCR Moderator.

Wine is an interesting potential sector for EPDs. There are currently three companies that have published EPDs for their wine, but there has been more interest for the product category.

The Product Category Rules for wine are about to expire in April 2015, why an update must be initiated to be able to register EPDs for the category in the future. Any stakeholder who is interested in taking on the task as PCR Moderator as welcome to contact the Secretariat.

Mar

25, 2015

Voluntary EPD template available

EPD template

Due to popular demand, the Secretariat has prepared a template for EPDs that may be used as a starting point when creating EPDs in the International EPD® System. The template is voluntary to use, as companies may want to use their own branding of the EPD documents.

The template is generic, and the requirements on EPD contents in the PCR shall always be fulfilled. This version of the template is primarily aimed at non-construction products as the requirements from the standard EN 15804 have not been incorporated.

The template is intended as a living document, so check if you are using the latest version. Any comments on the template are very welcome to be submitted to the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.

Mar

16, 2015

Reminder: Open consultation of v2.5 of General Programme Instructions

GPI 2

There is now one week left to comment on the draft version 2.5 of the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System (2015-03-23).

The update was initiated to fulfill the latest developments in the market for environmental declarations, standardisation and LCA methodology. To ensure credibility and as required by ISO 14025, the General Programme Instructions are subject to open consultation before being published.

Mar

11, 2015

Call for PCR Moderators to update expired PCRs: Passenger vehicles, Fridges, Washing machines, etc.

PCR Washing machine

Most of the Product Category Rules (PCR) available in the PCR library of the International EPD System consists of up-to-date and valid PCRs. These are documents that can be used by any company to develop, verify and register EPDs for their products.

There are, however, a few PCRs that remain untouched since their expiration several years ago, such as:

As there is much potential to produce EPDs of these product categories, the Secretariat would very much like to see them updated and available to be used to produce EPDs again. The updated process could use these existing documents as starting points for some methodological aspects, but the new PCRs shall be compliant with the latest General Programme Instructions and the latest PCR template.

As the interest for EPDs and thus PCRs have grown a lot since the original development of these documents, a key role of the PCR Moderator is to find stakeholders in the industry who is interested in discussing and drafting updated PCRs for the product category.

Any company, industry association or other stakeholder who is willing to take on the role of PCR Moderator any for these documents is kindly requested to contact the Secretariat (pcr@environdec.com).

Update 2015-03-12: The PCR for seats is now being updated with a new PCR Moderator, and the document was thus removed from the list in this news bulletin.

Mar

3, 2015

Updated PCR for Construction products and construction services

PCR

The often-used Product Category Rules (PCR) for Construction products and construction services have now been published in a new version. Version 2.0 of the PCR is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804 in the International EPD® System.

This document serves as the main implementation of the European standard EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 in the International EPD® System. Other stand-alone PCRs relevant to construction products and services available at www.environdec.com may or may not be aligned with EN 15804 due to their age, scope of product category or geographical area of applicability.

The work to update the PCR was led by Martin Erlandsson at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as the PCR Moderator. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

Feb

26, 2015

Beijing EPD helpdesk launched

Beijing

As a part of its effort to support organisations to communicate the environmental performance of their products in a credible and understandable way on the international markets, the International EPD® System is now expanding its non-English language support to its users.

A new helpdesk function in Beijing, China, will assist local companies and other stakeholders in understanding environmental product declarations, participate in the development of Product Category Rules and much more.

The EPD offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg will continue to answer questions in English and Swedish. Partners to the International EPD® System are also available to answer your questions in Australia/New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Turkey, and register EPDs for publication at www.environdec.com.

EPD北京服务站点成立

EPD®​致力于以一种值得信赖且易于理解的方式,为用户在国际市场上传达他们产品的环保性能。作为努力的一部分,国际EPD®​体系正努力拓展其非英语语言服务范围。

在中国北京成立新的服务站点,将有利于当地公司和其他利益相关方更好地了解环境产品声明,促进产品种类规则(PCR)和体系的整体发展。

EPD位于斯德哥尔摩和哥德堡的办公室将继续用英语和瑞典语回复相关问题,位于澳大利亚/新西兰、捷克和土耳其的国际EPD® 体系合作伙伴也可以帮助解答您的疑问。EPD注册相关信息通过网站www.environdec.com进行发布。

 

Feb

20, 2015

Updated PCR for Absorbent hygiene products available

PCR

The much anticipated Product Category Rules (PCR) for Absorbent hygiene products version 2.0 have now been published. The new version is now available for verification, registration and publications of EPD according to ISO 14025 in the International EPD® System.

The PCR covers articles such as female sanitary protection, baby diapers and adult incontinence products.

The work to update the PCR was done by an EDANA working group and led by Ellen Riise at SCA Hygiene Products as PCR Moderator, with input from industry stakeholders. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

Feb

17, 2015

Discussion group for EPD professionals at LinkedIn

EPD logo

The International EPD® System has long been available on social media, Twitter and Facebook. On LinkedIn, we have recently relaunched our presence as two separate pages:

  • Company page: This page will present information from www.environdec.com, as an alternative way to stay up-to-date on the latest EPD activities. The page is public, and may be "followed" to get the latest news.
  • Discussion group for professionals: This group will be a place for professionals to share news, discuss EPD related topics and connect. Anyone can request to join the group, but membership is subject to approval.

Feel free to join the discussions with other EPD professionals on LinkedIn, and/or to follow us on the public company page for the latest news.

 

Feb

12, 2015

Upcoming event: Breakfast seminar on EPD in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö. Image credit: Flickr / per egevad  [CC BY 2.0 - image cropped]

On March 5th, the International EPD® System will host an EPD breakfast seminar for local stakeholders in the Øresund Region. The seminar will include:

  • An introduction to the EPD concepts and its uses,
  • The company perspective with NCC Construction describing their work to produce EPDs of infrastructure,
  • A description of the procedure to produce EPDs from the view of an LCA practitioner.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Secretariat. The Seminar will be held in Swedish. Participation is free, but the number of participants is limited.

Feb

5, 2015

EPD for refined sugar published

EPD Italia Zuccheri

COPROB has published an Environmental Product Declaration for refined sugar in the International EPD® System.

The EPD concerns Italia Zuccheri bulk sugar sold to industry and produced from sugar beet grown in the agricultural areas of Emilia-Romagna and Veneto by the shareholder of COPROB and processed in the sugar factories in Minerbio (Bologna) and Pontelongo (Padova).

Feb

5, 2015

Updated PCR for Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution

PCR Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Electricity, steam and hot/cold water generation and distribution have been updated to version 3.0. Key changes include:

  • Renewed validity (2019-02-05)
  • Compliance with version 2.01 of the General Programme Instructions
  • Requirements for updating of core infrastructure data in relation to a renewed EPD.
  • Specification of GWP calculations
  • Geographical scope
  • Editorial changes

The work to update the PCR was led by Mikael Ekhagen at Vattenfall as PCR Moderator, with input from industry stakeholders. The draft was available for two months open consultation at www.environdec.com, and reviewed by the Technical Committee of the International EPD® System before publication.

The new version is now once again available to develop and register EPDs for this product category.