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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.

As a voluntary declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, having an EPD® for a product does not imply that the declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives.

What about the ®?

The EPD® logotype and the acronym EPD® are registered trademarks within the European Union.

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

  • Improving Nordic electricity

    Improving Nordic electricity2/27/2014

    Today Vattenfall has five certified EPDs for electricity generated in the Nordic countries and the UK. These cover hydro power, wind power and nuclear power – and includes almost 100% of Vattenfall’s electricity generation in Sweden.

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  • 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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