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Oct

9, 2013

ECO Platform launch event held in Brussels

On September 24th, the ECO Platform launch event was held in Brussels. ECO Platform is intended to strengthen sustainability work in the field of construction.

According to a new EU directive for the construction industry (CPD - Construction Product Directive) and a new European standard - EN 15804 - the companies in the construction sector must provide comparable environmental information. Information on product sustainability performance is used e.g. in public procurement.

ECO Platform is not an Environmental Declarations Programme Operator itself, but it has the objective to ensure that information about a product's environmental and sustainability performance complies with the new EU standard to avoid possible trade disputes.

The International EPD® System is one of the eleven founding organisations of the platform and works to align with the common understanding of technical issues, quality management and communication of environmental declarations of construction products.

Oct

3, 2013

PCR development checklist

The Secretariat has developed a checklist for development of Product Category Rules (PCR) that may be used by PCR Moderators in contacts with the Secretariat. The document is intended to guide the PCR Moderator in the process to develop a PCR within the scope of the International EPD® System, and serve as an archived document of the PCR development.

The document gives guidance on information to provide during all phases of PCR development:

  • Before announcement on www.environdec.com (filled in by the PCR Moderator)
  • Before open consultation (filled in by the PCR Moderator)
  • Before review (guidance on the separate documentation required)
  • Before publication (filled in by the Secretariat)

The use of the document is currently not a strict requirement, but a recommendation.

Sep

26, 2013

New registration fees from January 2014

In January 2014, the fee for registering EPDs the International EPD® System will be modified for the first time since the launch of the system. The fees are in place to cover the costs for managing the International EPD® System including the global marketing of organisations having EPDs and the EPD® concept, support for PCR development, maintaining the EPD and PCR libraries and other costs for the Secretariat.

The new price list has been designed to give additional incentive for organisations to register multiple EPDs at the same time:

Number of EPDs registered at the same time Total registration fee Corresponding registration fee per EPD
1 €1 500 €1 500
2 €2 500 €1 250
3 €3 000 €1 000
4 €3 000 €750
5 €3 500 €700
6 €3 900 €650
7 €4 200 €600
8 €4 400 €550
9 €4 500 €500
≥10 €450 per EPD €450

The annual fees remain the same as before, but a new lower price tier will be added for micro organisations (1-10 employees). The annual fee for these companies will be only €500, effective immidiately, to encourage micro companies to become more active in the field of EPDs.

Sep

26, 2013

Introducing the Network of PCRs for food pilot

Network of PCRs for food

Product Category Rules (PCR) are classified according to UN CPC codes. As the number of CPC codes (and thus the potential number of PCRs) is very large, it has been identified as additional work is needed to align different PCRs with similar upstream system. The International EPD System is therefore testing a pilot for PCRs for food.

Filippo Sessa at Life Cycle Engineering will act as PCR coordinator for food PCRs during the pilot phase and assist the Secretariat in aligning new and updated PCRs for food.

Sep

25, 2013

One more missing PCR Basic Module initiated

The development of a new PCR Basic Module has been initiated by the Secretariat of the International EPD® System:

The reason for this development is that there is a demand of PCRs for underlying CPC codes of these product divisions (PCRs for raw milk and for hen eggs).

Since July, the development of four other PCR Basic Modules is led by the Secretariat.

Any stakeholder that wishes to be notified of the start of the open consultation, are kindly requested to contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com.

 

About PCR Basic Modules

In order to harmonise the LCA methodology of related PCR, and to simplify the development of PCRs, the International EPD® System introduced the concept of "PCR Basic Modules". PCR Basic Modules are used as guidance documents/templates when developing PCRs, but do not constitute PCR documents in themselves.

PCR Basic Modules are defined on the two-digit level of the UN CPC system. Over the years, the International EPD® System has developed PCR Basic Modules for more than 40 two-digit CPC codes.

Today, there are PCR Basic Modules covering everything from "Products of agriculture, horticulture and market gardening" (UN CPC 01) to "Telecommunications services" (UN CPC 84). These have in turn been used as the basis when developing PCRs for product categories such as "Kiwi fruits" (UN CPC 01342) and "Online text based information, On-line books and ebooks" (UN CPC 8431).

Sep

20, 2013

PCR Published: Waste water collection and treatment services

PCR Waste water collection and treatment services

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Waste water collection and treatment services (UN CPC 9411 and 9423). This PCR replaces the expired PCR 2005:05 Collecting and Treatment Service of Municipal Wastewater (MWW).

The PCR was developed by CE.Si.S.P. (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) and DICCA (Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering), University of Genova, Italy. The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

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

Sep

20, 2013

PCR Updated: Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing

PCR Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing

The Product Category Rule (PCR) document "Nonwovens for other purposes than clothing" (PCR 2010:10) has been updated to version 2.0. This PCR covers the UN CPC code 27922 (nonwovens) for applications other than clothing. For nonwovens for clothing, protective clothing and upholstery, there is a separate PCR available (PCR 2011:06).

This previously-expired PCR may now once again be used to create and register certified Environmental Product Declarations in the International EPD® System for this product category.

 

Sep

18, 2013

PCR Published: Refined sugar from sugar beet

PCR Refined sugar from sugar beet

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Refined sugar from sugar beet (UN CPC 23520).

The PCR was developed by Ecoinnovazione srl, Eridania Sadam Spa and ENEA. The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

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

Sep

18, 2013

Minor update to General Programme Instructions

GPI 2.01

In May this year, a major update of the General Programme Instructions was published by the International EPD® System. The launch was very well received and many PCRs have already been updated to comply with these revised rules.

Today, we are publishing a minor update to this document, named version 2.01, based on comments received from stakeholder. The changes are of minor editorial character as well as reformulations for clarify and increased quality.

PCRs compliant with version 2.0 of the instructions are also compliant with version 2.01.

Sep

17, 2013

Three PCRs published for dairy products

PCRs for dairy products

Three new Product Category Rule (PCR) documents have been published for different dairy products in the International EPD® System:

The PCRs were developed by a working group from Granarolo, Life Cycle Engineering, ENEA, Distretto Latte Lombardo, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli studi di Milano, Caseificio dell’Amiata, ICS and Latteria Montello. The PCRs have also been suject 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.

Sep

16, 2013

PCR Published: Leather footwear

PCR Published: Leather footwear

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document has been published in the International EPD® System: Leather footwear (UN CPC 2933).

The PCR was developed by Synesis consortium, ITIA-CNR, and industrial partnes from the footwear chain: accessories & components partners (tanneries, sole factories, upper-material factories) and final producers (shoe factories). The PCR has also been suject to open consultation on www.environdec.com.

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

Sep

10, 2013

Guidance for PCR Development published

Guidance for PCR Development

Recently, the Guidance for Product Category Rule Development was published. This is an initiative for increasing quality and alignment of PCR development, led by the US Environmental Protection Agency and PRé Sustainability with participation from 40 organisations in 13 countries.

The International EPD® System participated in the steering committee of the initiative and has had an active role in providing comments on the different drafts. This is a very welcome publication as it may increase alignment and quality of PCRs published by different programme operators.

The Secretariat has assessed the compliance of the current version of the General Programme Instructions (version 2.0) and working procedure of the International EPD® System with the Guidance. The result was that the system is fully compliant with the Guidance with the exception of:

  • The rules for who prepares a PCR document is less strict in the International EPD® System. The Guidance requires that two industry representatives from different companies participate in the group preparing the draft PCR. As this has proved to be difficult in practice, this is a recommendation in the International EPD® System, but not a requirement. Sufficient industry involvement is instead made possible through the open consultation phase and assessed during the review.
  • The PCRs developed in the International EPD® System are not yet fully consistent with the template for PCRs provided by the Guidance. This will be an ongoing process for new PCRs, and an assistance provided by the Secretariat to PCR Moderators.

Sep

4, 2013

Serenity gets the EPD Process Certification

Serenity gets the EPD Process Certification

Italian company Serenity S.p.A is the sixth company that gets the EPD process certification. Serenity manufactures personal hygiene products and have so far published four EPDs.

EPDs published by Serenity

Read more about EPD process certification

Sep

2, 2013

Xylem get the EPD Process Certification

Xylem Water Solutions recently became the fifth company to have been certified to comply with the requirements on EPD® Process Certification in the International EPD® System. The process certification means that the EPD® development process itself is verified by an external verifier instead of every single EPD®. This is an efficient solution for companies issuing EPDs on a regular basis.
 
Xylem currently has eleven EPDs registered for its pumps in the Flygt brand

Aug

30, 2013

PCR Initiated: Spraybooth and surface treatment installations

The development of a new PCR has been initiated in the International EPD® System:

  • Spraybooth and surface treatment installations, a subset of UN CPC 43932.

The development of the PCR is led by the PCR Moderator Anxo Mourelle Álvarez  at CO2Consulting.

Any stakeholders interested in contributing in the preparation of this PCR or to be notified of the start of the open consultation are invited to contact the relevant PCR Moderator.