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May

10, 2017

Pilot launched to test EPDs in machine-readable formats

Database

The interest for the providing the EPD (or a subset of it) in a data format that may be directly imported into different IT tools, databases or LCA software has been growing recently. This is especially the case for the construction sector, where there are now thousands of EPDs available on the market, and the interest is growing for using the information in, e.g., certification systems, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and modelling tools.

The International EPD® System recently launched a pilot test of one of the format solutions available on the market. The pilot is based an extended version of the ILCD data format, and may be aligned with other international developments, e.g. in the InData working group.

The usability and feasability of such a system is depending on the benefit it provides to EPD owners and how well it fits different potential uses of the information. To ensure that the developments are consistent with the international expectations and demands, stakeholders are kindly requested to contact the Secretariat with any feedback, or to contribute in other ways.

Mar

30, 2017

thyssenkrupp Elevator publish first EPD of a lift in the International EPD® System

EPD

The first EPD® of a lift has been registered and published in the International EPD® System by thyssenkrupp Elevator. The EPD® declares the environmental impacts over the life cycle of the endura Machine-room less (MRL) elevator in the North American context.

The EPD® has undergone verification by an approved individual verifier, Dr. Thomas P Gloria, based on the General Programme Instructions and the Product Category Rules (PCR) for lifts, published in 2015.

More information:

Mar

9, 2017

Experiences from EPD presented at Nordic workshop on PEF

Francisco Lupianez Villanueva presenting an overview of the PEF pilot communication phase

A fully-booked Nordic Workshop on the European Commission's Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative was held in Stockholm, Sweden on February 27th. The workshop was organised by the Nordic Environmental Footprint group, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Swedish Lifecycle Center.

Besides getting the latest updates on the process and experiences from the pilots, the aim was to discuss four main themes:

  1. Product segment structure (granularity of scope)
  2. Impact assessment
  3. Weighting
  4. Use of PEF for different applications

The experiences from EPD in terms of what product categories to include in the same PCR was presented as part of the first theme, and the use of PEF for ISO-based declarations and labelling was discussed in plenum by representatives from industry, public procurement and ecolabelling.

The results of the workshop will be made available as input to the last year of the PEF pilot phase, which after some delays will end in December 2017. The pilot process will then be evaluated and peer-reviewed. A discussion will be initiated in 2018 whether the proposed method is suitable for policy and in what way, and may be in place by 2021.

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Photo by Marie Hedberg of Francisco Lupianez Villanueva presenting an overview of the PEF pilot communication phase.

Mar

7, 2017

Job opportunity: Business development manager and project manager

There is an increasing global interest to develop and use Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to communicate life cycle based environmental performance of products. To continue to build and contribute to this global trend, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is looking for a full time project manager to take on the part-time role of Business development manager at the International EPD® System, run by its subsidiary EPD International AB.

The role is to combine business development with managing projects related to EPD and life cycle management, as well as projects for further development of the EPD applications, databases, sector guidance and communication support.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.ivl.se/english/startpage/top-menu/career/vacant-positions.html

Mar

1, 2017

Machine-redable EPDs and their use discussed in Vienna

Kristian Jelse

In February, two events were held in Vienna, Austria related to EPDs for construction products. The first was a workshop on the topic of "The missing link between EPD and BIM (Building Information Modelling)", and the second a meeting of the working group InData, which aims at providing machine-readable EPDs for further import into different calculation tools.

We met with Kristian Jelse who participated to the events on behalf of the International EPD® System to get the latest updates:

What are "machine-readable EPDs"?
"Machine-readable EPDs" (sometimes rather confusingly referred to as "digital EPDs") is the concept of providing the EPD or a subset of it in a data format that may be directly imported into different IT tools, databases or LCA software.

The interest for the topic has been growing recently, mainly in the construction sector where there are now thousands of EPDs available on the market. Besides the existing standard EN 15942, an initiative has been taken in ISO and in research projects in different countries that will hopefully result in a standardised digital format for including all information in an EPD in a machine-readable format.

 

What does the International EPD® System offer in terms of machine-readable EPDs today?
If an EPD owner wishes, the International EPD® System allow the publication of a machine-readable LCI/LCIA dataset in parallel to the EPD. Such data sets made are available on the EPD page at www.environdec.com and may be published in one or several of the available formats currently available on the market. Many LCA software provide import/export functionality that may be used for this purpose.

We are also evaluating how we can further facilitate the use of EPDs on the market by working in this area.

 

What are the problems that need to be solved before all EPDs are available in a machine-readable format?
I see three main issues to solve, beside agreeing on a format to use:

1. The ownership and liability of an EPD lies with the manufacturer. This means that programme operators, database owners, and tool developer etc., have limitations in how they may commercially distribute these data.

2. The validity of the data in an EPD is dependent not only on the stated validity in the EPD, but requires that the EPD owner monitors the environmental impact and updates the EPD if necessary. The role of the programme operator remains very important to avoid incorrect data being distributed and used, leading to invalid conclusions.

3. An EPD contains more information than the quantified environmental impacts. How to ensure that this qualitative information is distributed with the EPD so that the data is not misused or misunderstood?

 

How can a stakeholder contribute to this development?
Besides participating in standardisation and working groups, I would encourage EPD owners and users of EPD information to provide their feedback to the Secretariat.

It is part of the objective of the International EPD® System to broaden the use environmental declarations on an international market, and this will be a topic in which we are active in the upcoming year.

Feb

28, 2017

First EPD® registration from Hungary in the International EPD® System

EPD map

Saint-Gobain Construction Products Hungary Kft has become the first company to register Environmental Product Declarations from Hungary in the International EPD® System. The EPDs transparently declares the environmental impacts of different gypsum boards based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The EPD was verified by approved independent verifier Andrew Norton.

With the addition of an EPD from Hungary, there are now EPDs registered in 35 countries in the International EPD® System.

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Feb

21, 2017

Upcoming event in Gothenburg: Learn more about EPDs and BASTA

Upcoming event in Gothenburg: Learn more about EPDs and BASTA

On March 10th, EPD International will co-host a breakfast seminar about EPD and BASTA as tools for the construction sector. The event will be in Swedish and take place in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden.

More information in Swedish below:

 

Inbjudan till frukostseminarium EPD+BASTA

IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet (IVL), BASTA och EPD International bjuder in till frukostseminarium för producenter, leverantörer, återförsäljare, konsulter och andra intressenter i bygg- och anläggningssektorn som vill veta mer om EPD och BASTA.

Datum: Fredagen den 10 mars, kl. 08:30-10:30
Plats: Wijkanders, Vera Sandbergs allé 5B, Göteborg
Kostnad: Seminariet är kostnadsfritt, men en avgift på 500 SEK exkl. moms debiteras vid frånvaro utan avbokning.
Anmälan: Anmäl er per mail till paulina.rodekemlo@ivl.se senast den 3 mars. Antalet deltagare är begränsat. 

Program:

08:00 Frukost serveras
08.30 Välkomna
08.40 Introduktion till EPD – Kristian Jelse, programansvarig Internationella EPD®-systemet
09.10 Introduktion till BASTA – Carina Loh Lindholm, Vetenskaplig rådgivare Basta Online
09.40 Ecophons hållbarhetsarbete och användning av EPD och BASTA – ”En sund och välljudande resa” – Carsten Svensson, Marknadsutvecklingschef & Daniel Olausson, Produktingenjör, Saint-Gobain Ecophon
10.10 Frågor & svar
10.30 Avslut 

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration; miljövarudeklarationer) är ett verktyg för att beräkna och kommunicera produkters miljöprestanda på ett jämförbart sätt. EPD bygger på metoden livscykelanalys (LCA), vilket innebär att alla typer av utsläpp – från utvinning av råvaror till produktion, användning och avfallshantering av produkten – inkluderas i deklarationen. Idag finns fler än 650 EPD:er för till exempel livsmedel, byggprodukter, elektricitet, förpackningar, och infrastruktur publicerade på www.environdec.com.

BASTA är ett vetenskapligt baserat system med syfte att fasa ut särskilt farliga ämnen från bygg- och anläggningsprodukter. BASTA vänder sig till alla som vill göra medvetna materialval – till exempel fastighetsägare, entreprenörer, arkitekter, byggkonstruktörer eller privatpersoner. Idag finns mer än 100 000 miljöbedömda bygg- och anläggningsprodukter i systemets databas som klarar högt ställda krav på kemiskt innehåll.

De två kompletterande systemen drivs som dotterbolag till IVL respektive IVL och Sveriges Byggindustrier.

Förutom information om de två systemen kommer Ecophons att berätta om sin resa vad gäller hållbarhet – en resa som egentligen aldrig slutar – i relation till de ekologiska, sociala och ekonomiska aspekterna, och hur detta kopplar till EPD och BASTA.

Läs mer:

För frågor, kontakta info@environdec.com.

Varmt välkomna!

Feb

14, 2017

New company with EPD Process Certification

EPD Process Certification

The latest company to get an EPD Process Certification is Fater S.p.A., meaning that their internal processes to produce EPDs have been quality assured by an external certification body. They recently published their first EPD in the International EPD® System for breathable shaped diapers.

The EPD Process Certification is one of the features of the International EPD® System to allow companies to make the process to create EPDs more efficient and enable the creation of EPDs at a large scale.

Jan

30, 2017

EPDs may now be found per sub-category

Sub-categories

The International EPD® System database of EPDs may now be accessed by browsing some of the larger product categories per sub-category. Presenting the information in this way will make it faster and easier to find the sought-after information for any interested stakeholder.

As before, EPDs may also be easily accessed via a direct link or by searching for name, company, country or EPD registration number.

Browse EPDs per category and sub-category

Construction products

Buildings & infrastructure

Food & agricultural products:
Bakery products
Bottled water, wine, beer
Dairy and egg products
Grain mill products
Fruits, vegetables and vegetable juice
Olive oil
Pasta
Other

Electricity

Transport equipment:
– Rolling stock (trains & trams)
– Aircraft
Carts & trolleys

Wood & paper products:
– Absorbent hygienic products
– Paper packaging & materials
– Tissue products

Other products:
– Machinery & equipment
– Furniture & other goods
– Textile & leather products
– Fuels & chemical products
– Glass & plastic products
– Metal products
– Services

 

The categorization will be further developed in the future. For questions, or any suggestions on future improvements, please contact the Secretariat.

Images: Istockphoto – Magone / looby / Desertsolitaire.

Jan

9, 2017

Record number of visits to www.environdec.com in 2016

Website

A new record number of visitors to www.environdec.com was set in 2016 with almost 150,000 visits.

The geographical spread of the visits was great with 31 countries recording more than 1,000 visits. The top five countries were Italy, USA, Spain, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Jan

2, 2017

Record number of EPD registrations in 2016

Recently published or updated EPDs

A record number of 184 EPDs were registered in the International EPD® System in 2016, breaking the previous record with more than 40 additional EPD registrations in a single year.

The main product category of the year was construction products, but there were also EPDs registered for a wide range of other product categories, including food, transport equipment and paper products The main countries for EPD registrations were Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Seven new Product Category Rules (PCR) were published during the year, introducing the possibility to do EPDs for product categories such as buses, non-woven wipes and preparations used in animal feeding.

Dec

22, 2016

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

The Secretariat wishes you all happy holidays and a successful 2017!

Dec

14, 2016

Submit your abstracts regarding LCA, EPD and Public Procurement for LCM 2017 (extended deadline)

LCM 2017

The Secretariat will be represented as one of the chairs at a session at the LCM 2017 conference held in Luxembourg in September 2017. The topic of the session will be:

Using LCA and EPD in Public Procurement within the construction section

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have long been pointed to as tools to be used in green public procurement (GPP), but doing so in practice is challenging. How can such information be requested without breaking some of the general principles for public procurement, for example non-discrimination and transparency? EPDs are now widely used within the construction sector to provide environmental information; however using EPDs in GPP is still not common and there is a need to share experiences and practices. This session should include six shorter presentations providing different perspectives on this issue and feature a panel discussion.

 

The deadline for abstracts is open until January 15th. For more information and to submit an abstract, see the LCM 2017 website.

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Dec

8, 2016

Secretariat open during most of December holidays

Image: (c) Bert Kaufmann / Flickr

The EPD International Secretariat will remain open during most of the December holidays 2016.

If you plan to register and publish an EPD before the end of the year, please contact the Secretariat as early as possible.

Dec

2, 2016

Presentations from the 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference now available

EPD International Stakeholder Conference

The 4th EPD International Stakeholder Conference was held on November 29th in Milan, Italy. The conference welcomed about 80 EPD stakeholders from 13 countries.

At the conference, the two main themes for presentation and discussion were EPD and Green Public Procurement and EPD and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative. The attendees also got the latest EPD news and an insight into how Saint-Gobain uses EPD globally.

Presentations and photos from the event are now available here.