– We are very excited about this opportunity to take over the EPD system. It fits perfectly with IVL's current operations and our expansion plans, says Tord Svedberg, CEO at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
The international EPD program has been part of the Swedish Environmental Management Council since the program was founded in 1998. When the Swedish Parliament decided to phase out the Swedish Environmental Management Council and move procurement activities to the Swedish Competition Authority, a new, stable and independent residence for the international EPD system was sought. The choice fell on IVL who took over on July 1.
– We feel that this solution is very safe. The international EPD system is gaining ground and Sweden has been a pioneer in credible and transparent communication of environmental performance of products, says Sven-Olof Ryding, the initiator of the international EPD system and CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council.
The activities within the international EPD system will be operating as a subsidiary of IVL, with the same personnel and purpose as before. In addition, the EPD program will be enhanced by IVL's collaboration with various sectors, industries, communities and other organisations. IVL's experts on LCA, eco-design, sustainable procurement, sustainable construction, energy efficiency and non-toxic and safe production are also expected to contribute to the further development of the EPD system and its applications.
– We will, along with our partners in 20 countries, focus on the continued development of the EPD program. We also wish to strengthen our cooperation with our customers. Together with our international technical committee, we will focus on a development that will be based on user needs and customer requests, says Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL that participated as expert in the technical committee for the EPD system from start.
IVL started its LCA activities in 1990 and its early work on a Nordic framework became one of the forerunners to ISO standards within the Life Cycle Analysis area. IVL's employees have since then been a driving force in the international development of the ISO standards and LCA. Among other things IVL employees currently participate in the European Commission's development of environmental footprints, as well as in the development of ISO standards for PCRs, footprints and construction products..
For more information contact:
Elin Eriksson, Director at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute,
phone: +46-31-725 62 64/+46-730-789 703
Sven-Olof Ryding: CEO of the Swedish Environmental Management Council,
phone: +46-70-568 81 11
The international EPD ® program is a voluntary program for the communication of the impact of a product or service, from start to finish. The program, which is based on ISO 14025 and other international standards, is based on objectivity and transparency.