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Dec

5, 2013

Read Newsletter #5 2013

A new version of the International EPD System newsletter has been sent to the subscribers. Newsletter #5 2013 as well as previous versions can be found here.

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, please follow this link.

Dec

4, 2013

New verification report for construction product EPDs

As a part of the cooperation within the ECO-Platform, the participation programme operators have agreed on a common format for the verification report for construction product EPDs. The new verification report is available here.

Dec

3, 2013

PCR for Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths published

PCR for Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths published

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published for infrastructure in the International EPD® System: Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths (UN CPC 2719).

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) and has been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCRs may now be used by companies to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.

Dec

2, 2013

Five new PCR Basic Modules published

PCR Basic Modules are the building blocks for PCRs. Image: Nomi / istockphoto.com

Five new PCR Basic Modules have now been published are are ready to be used as starting points for PCR for underlying groups, classes and subclasses:

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC classification system, e.g. 01 or 02. They do not constitute PCRs in themselves, but are instead intended as a starting point for development of PCRs that are defined at the three, four or five digit level of the UN CPC classification. Deviations of LCA methodology compared to the PCR Basic Modules is allowed, but should be highlighted in the document.

The documents are available for download directly in word format. Our hope is that this will enable the documents to be used even more easily as templates in the preparation of PCRs by the PCR Moderators together with other stakeholders.

If you have any questions regarding the PCR Basic Modules, please contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.

Nov

26, 2013

EPDs discussed on Spanish conference

On November 22th, the “Sustainability and environmental management in furniture, habitat and wood sector” event was held in Bilbao, Spain.

This event was organized by the “Cluster Association of the Habitat, Wood, Office and Hospitality Sector” with the collaboration of the International EPD System Associate Partner IHOBE (Basque Country’s Government Environmental Public Agency) and the member organization IK INGENIERIA.
The objective of the event was to strengthen sustainability and promote Ecodesign and Environmental Product Declarations in the field of furniture, habitat and wood construction sectors.

A hundred manufacturer representatives and sustainability experts meet in a very in depth event and attend 20 different presentations. Between them:

  • The recognized individual verifier RUBEN CARNERERO, explained how to inform stakeholders and clients about environmental performance of their products through environmental product declarations and ecodesign activities, and detailed the key elements and of the International EPD System certification program.
  • Two EPD certified manufacturers, PROTEC and EZARRI, explained their efforts towards sustainability and their experience developing and certifying environmental product declarations with the International EPD System.
  • 3 other manufacturers showed their works and LCA studies for developing environmental product declarations following the International EPD System Product Category Rules, which will be certified during last month of 2013 and first quarter of 2014.

Thanks to this event, the investment of the Basque Country’s manufacturer network towards sustainability and Environmental Product Declaration development was confirmed (approximately 75% of Spanish certified environmental product declarations within the International EPD System are from Basque Country region companies, which will be increased with new certifications during next months).

Nov

25, 2013

RSS feed now available for EPD news

It is now possible to read news from www.environdec.com from an RSS reader. Simply direct you application on your computer, tablet or smartphone to http://environdec.com/RSSFeed/ to receive all updates related to EPDs and PCRs. RSS is a web feed format commonly used to follow and aggregated news, blogs and other web sites.
 
As before, you may also receive news updates by visiting the website, by subscribing to the International EPD® System newsletter or by following @EPDSystem of Twitter.

Nov

21, 2013

Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System

The presentation “Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System” is now available for download. It was given by Kristian Jelse of the Secretariat during the SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium in the session of Product (Environmental Footprint) Category Rules.

Although much progress has been made in PCR Management in the history of PCRs, there is still need for continuous improvement the PCR process by programme operators. In the presentation, an overview was given of some of the key learnings that have been made during 15 years since the inception of the International EPD(r) System, e.g. the use of the UN CPC system for product classification and the recently introduced pilot network of PCRs for food.

Download presentation (PDF)

Nov

19, 2013

Updated EPDs from Monini

Updated EPDs from Monini

Monini SpA  has updated its EPDs for Classico, Delicato, Granfruttato and Poggiolo extra virgin olive oils.

Read the EPDs:

Nov

19, 2013

Results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys

EPD Stakeholders - Ranking of six key characteristics of the programme

The results from the 2013 EPD Stakeholders and PCR Moderators surveys are in. In total, 56 responses were submitted from stakeholders in industry, consultants, government and universities/institutes.

Key results, EPD Stakeholders:

The EPD Stakeholders participating in the study were happy with the support given by the Secretariat (mean: 4.0 out of five) during the EPD process. Getting information via the website or by contacting the Secretariat was OK but we still see room for improvement (3.7 and 3.8). Among those that had participated in one of the EPD Stakeholder conferences in Bologna or Stockholm, they were very pleased with the two events (4.2).

The EPD stakeholders were also asked to provide feedback on six key characteristics of the International EPD® System from “do not agree” (1) to “fully agree” (5). The results are displayed in the picture and show that the system is viewed as very credible and transparent, while there is still room for improvement in the cost-effectiveness of LCA-based declarations.

Key results, PCR Moderators:

The PCR Moderators were happy (mean: 4.0) with the existence of PCR Basic Modules, serving as starting points/templates for PCR development. The Basic Modules were recently updated to comply with the latest programme instructions, which should make them even more useful.

The support from the Secretariat during the PCR Process had room for improvement (mean: 3.7). With the quite recent introduction of a PCR Project Manager at the Secretariat as well as the pilot network of PCRs for food, we hope to have started the process in improving this service.

According the results of the survey, the weakest link of the PCR Process appears to be the comments from other stakeholders. They are not always seen as useful (mean: 3.2) when coming from those not very familiar with the EPD concept or with the semblance of lobbying. The Secretariat is working with broadening the stakeholder involvement in the open consultation. For example by making it possible to receive all PCR consultation within a certain product group.

The Secretariat would like to direct a warm thank you to those who participated in the survey, and will use the results to further improve its practices and communication. We hope that you will see the ongoing improvements, and are always happy to receive feedback via info@environdec.com.

Nov

4, 2013

EPD posters and presentations at SETAC Case Study Symposium

The International EPD® System will be present at the SETAC Europe 19th LCA Case Study Symposium. The event will take place in Rome, Italy on November 11-13, 2013 and is expected to gather some of the leading experts in the field of life cycle assessment and life cycle management.

Kristian Jelse at the Secretariat and members of the Technical Committee will present or co-author posters or presentations related to EPDs:

  • Presentation: Experiences from 15 years of PCR management in the International EPD® System. Jelse, Kristian; Del Borghi, Adriana; Kara, Hüdai; Lindfors, Lars-Gunnar; Marino, Massimo; Peña, Claudia; Schenk, Rita; Setterwall, Caroline; Thornéus, Joakim
  • Presentation: Towards the Sustainability Product Declaration for pasta. Ruini , Luca; Marino, Massimo; Sessa, Filippo
  • Presentation: Product Carbon Footprint Standards: analysis and comparison. Case study: Barilla dry durum semolina pasta. Filareto , Assunta;   Ruini, Luca (Presenting author);   Marino, Massimo;   Sessa, Filippo
  • Poster: Communicating LCA results in a reliable way: the case of the food industry. Del Borghi Prof, Adriana; Gallo, Michela; Strazza, Carlo; Crudele, Pietro

Oct

25, 2013

PCR Basic Modules updated

The 41 PCR Basic Modules have now been updated to align with the latest version of the General Programme Instructions and other recent developments. They are available for download here on www.environdec.com.

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC classification system, e.g. 01 or 02. They do not constitute PCRs in themselves, but are instead intended as a starting point for development of PCRs that are defined at the three, four or five digit level of the UN CPC classification. Deviations of LCA methodology compared to the PCR Basic Modules is allowed, but should be highlighted in the document.

A new feature is also that the documents are available for download directly in word format instead of as PDF. Our hope is that this will enable the documents to be used even more easily as templates in the preparation of PCRs by the PCR Moderators together with other stakeholders.

If you have any questions regarding the PCR Basic Modules, please contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.

Oct

24, 2013

PCR initiated: Electrical transformers

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System: Electrical transformers The PCR will cover UN CPC subclass 46121 and replace the expired PCR for Liquid- or gas-filled and dry type transformers (PCR 2000:6).

The open consultation is expected to start in the end of December 2013 (subject to change).

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation may contact the PCR Moderator, Sylva Arnell at ABB.

Oct

21, 2013

PCRs for railways and road/street/highways published

PCRs for railways and roads/streets/highways published

Two new Product Category Rule (PCR) documents have been published for infrastructure in the International EPD® System:

The PCRs were developed by the Swedish Transport Administration, with contributions from The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket), The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen), WSP Sverige AB, MiSA AS, Tyréns and Asplan VIAK AS. The PCRs have also been subject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

The PCRs may now be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System.

 

Oct

15, 2013

Two valid PCRs to be updated to latest programme instructions

Two currently valid PCRs are currently being updated to align with the latest General Programme Instructions:

The validity of the documents will remain the same after the update, and the update will not affect the certification period of already-published EPDs.

An e-mail has been sent to industry stakeholders to inform of this coming update. Any feedback from stakeholders is kindly requested before October 29th.

Oct

11, 2013

JRC announces the selected pilots for Product Environmental Footprint

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced what pilots have been accepted to develop the first Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs). Out of 90 applications spanning many different product areas, 13 were selected and will begin their work in late 2013 or summer 2014.

The spirit of ISO 14025 and the PEF Guide is that existing Product Category Rules (PCRs) and LCA guidelines should be used as far as possible instead of developing contradictory guidelines and requirements.

As several of the product categories selected for the pilots are already covered by PCRs in the International EPD® System, we will connect with the contact persons for the pilots to make sure that they are aware of these PCRs. When the PEFCR pilots finish in 2015/2016, any action needed to align the documents will be discussed with the relevant PCR Moderators.

Awaiting the results of the pilots in Europe, the International EPD® System exists today as voluntary and credible way for companies to communicate the environmental performance of their products on the global markets. The system is open to any type of goods and services, and there is already about 120 PCR documents available to download on www.environdec.com, and 30 more currently under development in an industry-driven open processes.