What is an EPD®?
An Environmental Product Declaration, EPD®, is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information and in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations).
What about the ®?
The EPD® logotype and the acronym EPD® are registered trademarks within the European Union and use of them within the EU is therefore only allowed for certified EPDs within the International EPD® System.
An environmental declaration, is defined, in ISO 14025, as quantified environmental data for a product with pre-set categories of parameters based on the ISO 14040 series of standards, but not excluding additional environmental information. An environmental declaration is created and registered in the framework of a type III environmental declarations programme, such as the International EPD® System.
All EPD®s in the International EPD® System are publically available and free to download on this site through the EPD Search.
The contents in the EPD must be in line with the requirements and guidelines in ISO 14020 (Environmental labels and declarations - General principles). Any environmental claims based on the EPD is recommended to meet the requirements in ISO 14021 (Environmental labels and declarations - Self-declared environmental claims) and national legislation and best available practices in the markets in which it will be used. The international standard ISO 14021 states that only environmental claims that can be supported by up-to-date and documented facts may be used. Vague claims, such as "environmentally friendly" should be avoided.