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What is an EPD®?

An EPD® (Environmental Product Declaration) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products.

Having an EPD® for a product does not imply that the declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives — it is simply a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact.

What about the ®?

The EPD® logotype and the acronym EPD® are registered trademarks within the European Union and use of them within the EU is therefore only allowed for certified EPDs within the International EPD® System.

The relevant standard for Environmental Product Declarations is ISO 14025, where they are referred to as "type III environmental declarations". A type III environmental declaration is created and registered in the framework of a programme, such as the International EPD®  System.

An EPD®  may be used for many different applications, including green public procurement (GPP) and building assessment schemes. The concept of  type III environmental declarations was developed to primarily be used in business-to-business communication, but their use in business-to-consumer communication is not precluded by the standards.

All EPD®s registered in the International EPD®  System are publically available and free to download through the EPD Search on this website.

Company case studies

  • Certified furnishing

    Certified furnishing10/15/2012

    A natural evolution of Arper's environmental policy was to integrate LCA as a tool in the design phase of its products. A number of EPDs for its chairs and tables is now in place.

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  • Communicating credible car fibres

    Communicating credible car fibres 10/11/2012

    Miko has some leading car manufacturers to thank for its LCA approach.

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  • Yearning for sustainable yarn

    Yearning for sustainable yarn9/13/2012

    Producing recycled yarn wasn’t enough for Aquafil – the company wanted to make sure that its yarn was sustainable from a life cycle perspective.

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  • More than a product declaration

    More than a product declaration4/29/2011

    While many companies focus merely on the impacts of its products, Korsnäs has chosen to show a wider picture of its environmental work and company impact in its EPDs.

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  • Digging into steel

    Digging into steel 3/10/2011

    Vicinay Cadenas was the first company in the mooring sector to apply for an EPD for one of its products. Prior to registering the EPD, the company worked out a baseline for its environmental impact.

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  • Vattenfall, Barilla and Sapi pioneering EPD process certification

    Vattenfall, Barilla and Sapi pioneering EPD process certification 3/2/2011

    Swedish state-owned energy group Vattenfall, Italian pasta company Barilla and printer cartridges re-manufacturer Sapi are the first companies to certify their environmental work according to the EPD process certification system.

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