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Oct

15, 2012

LCA as a design phase tool

LCA as a design phase tool

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.

Oct

11, 2012

Certified car fibres

Certified car fibres

Italian textile company Miko is setting the base for ecodesign in it field. Its goal is to certify all of its products and production process according to EPD.

Oct

10, 2012

Swiss leaders in LCA

Swiss leaders in LCA

Sulzer assesses the life cycles of its major product categories. The company strives to improve its own processes and simultaneously offers energy-efficient solutions.

Oct

10, 2012

The man managing our rules

The man managing our rules

Massimo Marino chairs the group who decides on the rules behind the International EPD System. Meet him in a short interview.

Oct

8, 2012

Swerea presents efficient climate efforts

Swerea IVF has updated its Climate Declaration from 2009 and managed to almost reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half. Mats Lundin, its president, now challenges other research institutes to a climate battle.

Swerea IVF has decreased its emissions by almost 4 kg CO2eq per research hour to just over 2 kg. At large the decrease has taken place in the transition to hydro-based electricity, but also on changing travelling patterns from car or plane to train.

Now we must not rest on our laurels but continue to reduce our carbon emissions, says Mats Lundin.

The declaration, made under the International EPD® System, is based on industry-wide rules for how to measure and calculate greenhouse emissions research services - PCR 811 Research and experimental development services in natural sciences.

Swerea IVF's most significant contribution to climate change is urgently linked to the outcome of the research carried out – not the research itself.

"It may seem like a paradox that we climate declares the less important part, the research design, but first we want to sweep up our own house, and it’s impossible to quantify the research findings impact on the environment in a way that makes it comparable to other institutions," said Mats Lundin.

Swerea IVF assesses sustainability in all of its projects and aims to achieve the best possible climate benefits of its research findings. Swerea IVF carries out research in materials, processes, products and production technology.

Oct

8, 2012

Updated EPDs from Axpo and Freudenberg Politex

Axpo Holding Ag has updated their EPD for production of electricity and biogas at the Kompogas Facility in Otelfingen. The EPD, first issued in 2009, is now re-certified and will be valid until 2015.

Freudenberg Politex has issued a new version of their EPD for Ecozero®. Ecozero® is a panel for thermal and acoustic insulation of walls and rooftops.

Oct

2, 2012

First climate declaration for research services updated

Swerea IVF, the Swedish research institute, was the first research institute that issued a climate declaration for their services. The climate declaration is now updated, according to the new PCR, and shows how Swerea IVF has managed to lower their carbon footprint.

Sep

27, 2012

PCR for site remediation and cleanup services

A new PCR for site remediation and cleanup services has been published. The product category rules can be used for the assessment of the environmental performance of UN CPC 94413 (Site remediation and clean up services, soil and groundwater) and for the declaration of this performance by an EPD.

Sep

18, 2012

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Sep

18, 2012

New PCR on Paper Chemicals

PCR on Paper Chemicals

A new PCR on chemicals has been published. The PCR cover chemicals used for paper production.

Sep

17, 2012

Article on the PCR for Raw Milk

Natural News.com has written an article on the upcoming PCR for Raw Milk.

Sep

11, 2012

New PCR: Meat of mammals

PCR Meat of mammals

New product category rules (PCR) covering Meat of mammals are now published. The PCR gives the requirements on creating EPDs for the CPC codes 2111 - Meat of mammals, fresh or chilled and 2113 - Meat of mammals, frozen.

Sep

6, 2012

Bombardier issues an EPD for Talent 2

Talent 2

Bombardier has issued a new EPD for the train Talent 2. This is the fourth EPD from Bombardier, the complete list can be found below.

Aug

29, 2012

Three new EPDs on panels

Three Spanish companies have issued EPDs on panels for the construction sector. Two of the panels are used for facades and the third one is a panel used for insulation purposes.

Aug

28, 2012

New PCR on frozen vegetables

New PCR on frozen vegetables

A new PCR on frozen vegtables has been issued. The PCR includes frozen vegetables like beans, peas and potatoes.