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What is an EPD®?

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

  • EPD Statistics: the effect of the International EPD® System10/17/2008

    The recent rearrangement of the EPD organisation with the launch of the international EPD®system leads to a wide change in the EPD distribution by Countries and sectors. This fact is mainly due to the new classification scheme for products categories based on CPC (Central Product Classification) scheme used for structuring PCRs into a hierarchic level based on a modular approach.

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