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 email@example.com.