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Nov

27, 2014

Clarification regarding registration of EPDs for Absorbent hygiene products

Update 2015-02-19: Version 2.0 of the PCR has now been published.

It has come to the attention of the Secretariat that there is currently a high demand to verify and register EPDs for the product category "Absorbent hygiene products".

There is currently no Product Category Rules (PCR) available to verify and register an EPD for this product category, as the available PCR expired 2014-10-14. PCRs have a limited validity after which they must be updated before they may be used for verification.

The PCR in question (PCR 2011:14) is currently ongoing the process to be updated, which includes making the document compliant with the latest General Programme Instructions. We hope to have a new version available in February 2015 for registration of new EPDs and/or extend the validity of already-registered EPDs.

In the meantime, what we offer companies wishing to verify and register EPDs for the product category is to:

  • Provide you with a signed letter explaining that it is not currently possible to verify and register EPDs for the product category in the International EPD® System,
  • Pre-book registration numbers for you to use after the PCR has become available,
  • Receive and attest a Letter of Commitment from you directed to your customers/stakeholders that you intend to verify and register EPDs as soon as the updated PCR is available.

Use of the EPD® logotype and reference to the International EPD® System is only allowed in certified EPDs registered within the International EPD® System. To be referred to as an type III environmental declaration, the document must follow the rules and procedures of a programme operator acting in accordance with ISO 14025.

Please contact the Secretariat with any questions.

 

Nov

24, 2014

PCR published: Professional footwear

PCR Professional footwear

Product Category Rules (PCR) for declaring the environmental impact of Professional footwear have now been published in the International EPD® System.

The development of the PCR was led by Carlo Brondi at the Synesis Consortium as the appointed PCR Moderator in accordance with the PCR Process described in the General Programme Instructions of the International EPD® System, which are based on ISO 14025. During the development of the document, it has been subject for an open consultation on www.environdec.com as well as a review by the appointed Technical Committee.

The PCR is now available for any company to voluntarily develop and publish information on the life cycle environment impact of sparkling wine in a transparent and comparable way.

Note: This PCR was initially launched as "Work footwear". The name was updated to better match the terminology in the industry.

Nov

21, 2014

Experiences of EPD Process Certification presented in Japan

Experiences of EPD Process Certification presented in Japan

Politecnico di Milano and Reno De Medici present their experiences of EPD Process Certification at the Ecobalance 2014 conference in Tsukuba, Japan. In the presentation given on October 29th by Lucia Rigamonti, they conclude that:

[The EPD Process] will give the organisation the possibility to simplify the achievement of EPDs certification for many products, saving time and money. [...]  well managed internal EPD routines will make data collection and its conversion into EPDs more straightforward and less expensive, allowing the organisation to operate it in a resource- and time efficient manner.

Ecobalance 2014 was organised by the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan and was the eleventh edition of the conference series, held biannually since 1994.

Nov

18, 2014

Update of PCR for Construction products available for open consultation

PCR 2012:01

The PCR for Construction products and construction services will expire in January 2015 and is therefore being updated. This PCR is important as it is the most common ways for companies to develop and register EN 15804-compliant PCRs in the International EPD® System.

This PCR is applicable as a PCR to all construction products, with the limitations that:

  • A cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-gate with options system boundary is used
  • A declared unit is used (instead of a functional unit)

Any stakeholder is invited to comment on the draft before 2015-01-13. The document will thereafter undergo review and is expected to be published soon afterwards to ensure that there is a very limited time period where no valid PCR is available.

Nov

13, 2014

Results from the 2014 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys

EPD Stakeholders - Ranking of six key characteristics of the programme

The results from the 2014 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys are in. In total, 33 responses were submitted from stakeholders in industry, consultants, government and universities/institutes. As the number of respondents was quite low, especially compared to last year's survey, the results are presented for transparency, but only limited conclusions may be drawn from the results.

Key results, EPD Stakeholders:

The EPD Stakeholders participating in the study thought that support given by the Secretariat during the EPD process was OK with similar results on getting information via the website or by contacting the Secretariat was. The numbers are lower than last year, but very much affected by single respondents answering "1" as they did not know who the Secretariat was.

The EPD stakeholders were also asked to provide feedback on six key characteristics of the International EPD® System from “do not agree” (1) to “fully agree” (5). The results are displayed in the picture and show that the system is viewed as very international, transparent and objective, while there is still room for improvement in the cost-effectiveness of LCA-based declarations.

Key results, PCR Moderators:

The PCR Moderators answering the survey were happy with the existence of PCR Basic Modules, serving as starting points/templates for PCR development. The support from the Secretariat during the PCR Process also received a very good score (mean: 4.4 of 5).

According the results of the survey, the weakest link of the PCR Process appears to be the comments from other stakeholders. They are not always seen as useful when coming from those not very familiar with the EPD concept. Some PCR Moderators had experienced that very few comments were submitted by stakeholders during the open consultation.

The Secretariat would like to direct a warm thank you to those who participated in the survey, and will use the results to further improve its practices and communication. We hope that you will see the ongoing improvements, and are always happy to receive feedback via info@environdec.com.

Nov

11, 2014

Upcoming event: Basque Ecodesign Meeting in Bilbao

Bilbao

On November 17th the Basque Ecodesign Center is conducting an international event on ecodesign which will bring together leading companies with proven track records in the application of ecodesign and ecoinnovation, the public administration as the driving force of this methodology, universities and numerous experts in this field: the Basque Ecodesign Meeting.

The International EPD® System will be very present in the presentations scheduled in the 2014 edition of the meeting, including:

  • Gorka Benito from IK INGENIERIA, approved individual verifier, PCR moderator and EPD developer, will talk about the International EPD® System working procedures, updated data and benefits of developing EPD.
  • Ion Marquez from TECNALIA CERTIFICATION, the first Spanish Accredited Certification Body in the International EPD® System, will talk about the EPD verification procedure giving examples of verified EPDs and companies.
  • Companies already certified within the International EPD® System will talk about their experience and ecoinnovation strategies, as for example VICINAY CADENAS, GAMESA, OFITA, EGOIN, MADERAS DE LLODIO, PROTEC, BURDINOLA, ACCIONA…
  • The ECOPLATFORM initiative will also be presented, in which the International EPD® System is participating and where we have achieved to become an approved programme to use the ECO Platform logotype on EPDs for construction products compliant with the standard EN 15804.

Under the leadership of the Basque Country public company Ihobe, an 8 parallel session congress will be celebrated with more than 50 hours of presentations and more than 80 international speakers, with the objective of:

  • Consider the new legislative and regulatory trends in Ecodesign in Europe, along with future trends.
  • Showcase environmental and business improvements achieved by companies in ecodesign and product ecoinnovation.
  • Recognition of the SMEs that implement Ecodesign and the organisations that support it (associations, clusters, etc.).
  • Transfer of best practices and experiences of trail-blazing organizations in the international arena, along with the new business opportunities that Ecodesign can contribute to the business fabric of the Basque Country.
  • Consolidation of the Basque Ecodesign Meeting as the meeting point, expert knowledge and information exchange.

Nov

7, 2014

First pre-verified EPD® Tool published

The International EPD® System has accepted the first pre-verified tool for creating EPDs: "WBCSD-CSI tool for concrete and cement EPDs", with registration number S-P-00553. The pre-verification of this tool means that some of the checks that is normally done by the verifier is already assured if the tool has been used. There is still a need for verification, e.g. that the input data is correct, but the time needed for this phase is reduced if the tool is used.

The EPD verifier shall ensure that data uploaded to the Tool are in line with the verified LCA core model implemented in the Tool. Data generated using the Tool is equivalent to specific or selected generic data, and does not need further verification during the verification stage of the EPD. The verification statement written by the EPD verifier must include information on which data was uploaded to the Tool to produce the EPD. The EPD verifier shall also check that Tool maintenance and updates have been performed and verified.

This pre-verified tool is expected to act as a model for similar tools in other industries, simplifying the procedure to develop and register an EPD® and reducing the time needed for verification.

Nov

4, 2014

The International EPD® System is now approved to use the ECO Platform logotype on EPDs

ECO Platform event to launch the logotype

The International EPD® System has recently become an approved programme to use the ECO Platform logotype on EPDs for construction products compliant with the standard EN 15804.

The ECO Platform is a collaboration platform for programme operators in Europe, and its logotype is intended to act as a quality assurance of the member programmes. The logotype today symbolizes that the programme has successfully undergone an audit of its verification processes and practices to adhere to common quality rules.

New and existing EPDs in the International EPD® System may now carry a special ECO Platform registration number and the ECO Platform logotype, given that:

  • the EPD is produced in accordance with the General Programme Instructions, version 2.01 or later,
  • the EPD is produced based on a PCR compliant with EN 15804,
  • the EPD is compliant with EN 15804,
  • the scope of the EPD is a construction product as defined by European legislation,
  • the EPD has been verified using the correct verification report dated 2014-10-30 or later.

The use of the logotype is subject to a fee of €100 per EPD and year. This fee is payed to ECO Platform via the International EPD® System and invoiced together with the annual fee. For more information about this option, please contact the Secretariat.

Nov

4, 2014

Revised registration fees from January 2015

On January 1st 2015, the fee for registering EPDs the International EPD® System will be revised slightly, while keeping the price for one EPD registration the same as before. To encourage the registration of multiple EPDs at the same time, the registration fee per EPD is lowered up to ten simultanous EPD registrations.

The fees are in place to cover the costs for managing the International EPD® System including the global marketing of organisations having EPDs and the EPD® concept, support for PCR development, maintaining the EPD and PCR libraries and other costs for the Secretariat.

The new price list for EPD registration will be:

Number of EPDs registered at the same time Total registration fee Corresponding registration fee per EPD
1 €1 500 €1 500
2 €2 600 €1 300
3 €3 300 €1 100
4 €3 600 €900
5 €4 000 €800
6 €4 200 €700
7 €4 550 €650
8 €4 800 €600
9 €4 950 €550
≥10 €500 per EPD €500

 

Nov

3, 2014

Declarations from companies in 25 countries now registered in the International EPD® System

Countries with EPD registrations (dark green) and active independent verifiers

With the recent addition of EPDs from companies in Ireland and Belgium added to the EPD library, there are now registered EPDs from companies in 25 countries in the International EPD® System.

- EPDs from twenty-five countries truly feels like another milestone for the geographical scope of the International EPD® System. The life cycle assessment methodology and markets are global, why a consistent application of environmental declarations across borders is a natural extension, says Kristian Jelse, Project Manager at the Secretariat.

EPD registrations for most countries is handled by the International Secretariat. For the markets of the Czech Republic, Turkey and Australia/New Zealand, the system has partnered with local organisations to establish of local environmental declaration programmes, based on and aligned with the International EPD® System.

All EPDs may be found by browsing by category or by searching by name, company name or key words in the EPD Search.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat at info@environdec.com.

Oct

23, 2014

New Spanish guide to LCA/EPD presented at seminar in Madrid

Madrid seminar

As an answer to an increasingly interest from different kinds of organizations for Life Cycle Assessment in general and Environmental Product Declarations and Carbon Footprint in particular, the Consejería de Economía y Hacienda, through the Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas de la Comunidad de Madrid, and together with the Fundación de la Energía de la Comunidad de Madrid, have published a guide called “Guía de Declaraciones ambientales de Producto y Huella de Carbono”. The objective of this guide is to explain what is LCA and their different applications, especially Environmental Product Declarations and Carbon Footprint. The guide includes also different real examples of application in different kinds of companies in Spain, and information about the International EPD® System and other programmes.

On September 25th, a seminar was organized in Madrid (Spain) by the Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas de la Comunidad de Madrid, and together with the Fundación de la Energía de la Comunidad de Madrid, in order to present the recently published guide, with more than 150 participants.

The guide was prepared with collaboration from these companies:

  • Marcel Gómez Consultoria Ambiental
  • Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
  • Acciona
  • Placo-Saint Gobain
  • Isover-Saint Gobain
  • Green Building Council Spain
  • Knauf
  • CO2 Summit
  • Gas Natural Fenosa

Oct

20, 2014

Australasian-led Kiwi fruit PCR available for open consultation

Australasian EPD Programme logotype

The PCR for kiwi fruit, first published in 2011, is currently being updated to renew its validity and to ensure consistency with the latest developments. This PCR is the first one with an active participation of the recently-started Australasian EPD Programme, ensuring the relevance of the document also for the Australasian region.

The Australasian EPD Programme is a regional EPD programme in Australia and New Zealand. It is aligned with the International EPD® System, using the same PCR library and publishing its EPDs at www.environdec.com in addition to www.epd-australasia.com, to enable a harmonized and efficient platform for global EPD development and communication.

The PCR for kiwi fruit is available for open consultation until December 16th. Any stakeholder is welcome to provide feedback on technical, editorial and other aspects of the PCR by submitting their comments on the PCR Forum at www.environdec.com, or by contacting the PCR Moderator Anthony Hume.

Oct

17, 2014

3M Belgium registers first three EPDs and gets the EPD Process Certification

3M EPDs

3M Belgium has chosen to register their three first EPDs in the International EPD® System to communicate the life cycle environmental impact of their products. They have also been certified with an EPD Process Certification, meaning that their internal processes to produce EPDs are quality assured.

Three declared products from 3M are registered so far. There are three different RJ45 Connectors categories 5e and 6 for different applications.

- 3M's Code of Conduct requires any external communication to be substantiated and based on sound statistical and scientific principles. As such, we feel that EPDs can be regarded as an appropriate means of life cycle related communication. Furthermore, we see EPDs as strong marketing tools, which are gaining in importance in a market with an ever-increasing customer, market and regulatory pressure for environmental data to be communicated consistently and efficiently, says Kristof Peerens at 3M Sustainability & Regulatory Services. 

3M is a global innovation company with operations in 70 countries. Their business areas are Consumer, Electronics and Energy, Health Care, Industrial and Safety & Graphics. By registering EPDs of their products, customers and other stakeholders can get relevant, verified and comparable information about the environmental impact of the products. 

- 3M has a long standing commitment to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic progress. To us, that means meeting the needs of society today, while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Not only do we have a long legacy that proves these principles (a key example being our Pollution Prevention Pays -3P- programme that has been in place since 1975 and that has resulted in close to 2 million tons of prevented pollution in their first year with corresponding first-year savings of over $1.7 billion), but it is very much driven by the solutions we provide to our customers every day, says Kristof Peerens. 

Oct

15, 2014

Italian conference on product environmental impact in the automotive industry

On the 14th of November the Italian trade association of automotive sector ANFIA is conducting a conference on the subject The product environmental impact of automotive sector: from LCA to environmental footprint. The conference is held in Milano. Maurizio Fieschi who is a member of The International EPD® Systems technical committee will speak about Assessment and communication of product sustainability in the international market.

Oct

15, 2014

PCR Updated: Hen eggs in shells, fresh

PCR document

The Product Category Rules (PCR) for Hen eggs in shells, fresh have been updated to version 2.0. The PCR with registration number 2011:15 was originally published in October 2011 in the International EPD® System.

The update was led by the PCR Moderator Filippo Sessa at Life Cycle Engineering in Italy. The key changes in the update include:

  • Updated according to the GPI 2.01
  • Connection with the PCR for arable crops in the feed crop cultivation phase
  • Chick farming phase added
  • Minor editorial changes
  • Allocation rules for the core module changed
  • Additional environmental information removed

The updated PCR is avialable to develop and register EPDs. The validity of the new version is until 2014-10-15.